"Yoga is everything to me… It is my personal religion, my framework for growth, my foundation for love. Athleticism and curiosity brought me to the practice, and its profound effects kept me coming back. "
Our teachers are what keep the energy flowing in our studio (and out in the elements) and we would love for you to meet all of them! This month, we are highlighting Stephanie Granger! Learn more about her below...
Do you have a favorite playlist that you are willing to feature?
Not yet ;) But favorite yoga class artists include Emancipator, Thievery Corp, Gramatik, DJ Drez, and all reggae!
What is your favorite yoga pose?
Adho mukha svanasana is accessible and all-encompassing. Downward facing dog has so many subtleties… tip hips up, and keep heels pulling down… melt heart down, and keep low ribs in… lengthen through arms, and keep shoulders wrapping inward… it can be fine-tuned and rediscovered everyday.
What is yoga to you/What brought you to yoga?
Yoga is everything to me… It is my personal religion, my framework for growth, my foundation for love. Athleticism and curiosity brought me to the practice, and its profound effects kept me coming back.
Example of your yoga off the mat?
Nadi shodhana (alternate nostril breathing) right off the pillow.
Specific classes/style of teaching:
Sat 9:00 AM Warm Flow, Sun 2:00 PM Gentle, Sun 3:30 PM Warm Flow, Mon 11:00 AM Basics. For a vinyasa classes, I like slower flows and longer holds. For basic classes, I emphasize alignment and relaxation.
Your invitation to the population:
Your yoga requires practice, patience, and presence. Studio classes help build variety, form, and collective consciousness. A home practice encourages discipline and receptivity. When obligations hold you back from either, at the very least, take time to sit quietly. Even if it’s just for a moment or two, the simple act of sitting quietly and witnessing the breath/thoughts/emotions is always enough.
Role model or most influential teacher (yoga or non-yoga related)?
First, my parents. Second, NPR. Both have been so rational, motivating, and gracious!
What’s the funniest thing that has ever happened to you while teaching?
While demonstrating tripod headstand, I fell over and somersaulted onto one of my good-hearted students… talk about humble pie.
What is something a lot of people don’t know about you but you wish they did?
Ask me about my tea collection… I’m a total “Tiva,” rarely seen without my Klean Kanteen. My daily tea progression is dandelion, cinnamon or mint, ginger/turmeric, and finally anise/fennel.
What is the best way to lift your mood? /What is your happy place?
In the sunshine, in a swimsuit, on the boat/beach/paddle board, with my dog Chili (yes, he paddle boards!). I was born and raised in Virginia Beach and was fortunate enough to have the Lynnhaven River and a 14' Carolina Skiff in my backyard. Also, my parents are big sailors, so we would take family sailing trips up the Chesapeake Bay. Now Masonboro is my new Chesapeake :)
Scariest/Craziest thing you’ve ever done?
On an around the world trip, I trekked to Mount Everest Base Camp, where it was so rocky and vast it looked like a different planet, and you could only walk a few meters without losing your breath.
Where was your last vacation?
Two weeks of camping from Santa Cruz, CA up to Seattle, WA. What a grand coastline!
Do you sing in the shower? If so, which song?
A little singing in the shower, A LOT of singing in the car. Sometimes I purposely rock out at stoplights so that a passerby might get a chuckle.
If you could learn to do something new, what would it be?
Fly an airplane.
Biggest life lesson so far?
This might not be the biggest lesson, but it’s a work-in-progress for my competitive nature: his/her strengths are not my weaknesses.
The best part of waking up is?
Spooning and belly rubs with Chili dog. Luckily he’s a good snoozer, so we get in plenty of snuggle time.
So many things! Doing anything in saltwater, experimenting in the kitchen, exploring new cities/countries, making and gifting candles.