Steph Schwartz

Steph Schwartz

Steph’s power as a teacher resides in her ability to weave yogic storytelling into feel-good flows that unlock hearts and inspire souls. With 10+ years of teaching experience, Steph draws heavily from the devotional qualities of Bhakti yoga combined with the fluid and physical aspects of vinyasa. Steph masterfully translates yogic philosophy through mantra (chanting) and is deeply connected to her kirtan community. She also knows how to move with heat-building mandala flows woven with humor and compassion to maintain presence. Practitioners can expect concise alignment cues delivered with a poetic understanding of the human body and its superhuman capabilities. Her path to yoga started off the mat and on the road as an ultra marathon runner, where she found yoga as an injury prevention tool and mental stamina practice to help her go the distance. Steph is also a skydiving enthusiast, certified BASE flyer, and dog parent to Boogie and Diggit. Discover more about Steph: https://www.mandalamonkey.com/.

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Release the day with conscious breathing and slow, fluid movement for your hips, shoulders, and spine. Bring your energy down to invite internal stillness and prepare for a restful night.
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See the light at the end of the tunnel and don't look back, with the grasshopper as inspiration. Practice developing a forward-moving mindset, while opening the hips, setting an intention, and leading with the heart.
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Bring balance to your lower body by focusing on activating and stabilizing through your glutes. Work methodically as you strengthen your hamstrings, glutes, and core. Prepare for wheel pose, followed by ample time to unwind and release all of your hard work.
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Embody the warrior goddess Durga to find your courage: the strength to overcome. This powerful flow includes strong, fluid movement, backbends, warrior poses, chanting, mudras (hand gestures), lion’s breath, and a generous savasana. Durga (aka Shakti, Devi) is a fierce form of the protective Mother who helps us battle fears, self-doubt, and negativity.
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Create a balanced mental and physical environment while preparing for your menstrual cycle. Release tension in your hips and neck with abdominal massage sprinkled throughout.
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A fluid, steady flow to tap into the essence of the serpent and water element. Revitalize your body and stay grounded in times of transformation with strengthening and lengthening of the spine. Open the practice with bija mantras (seed sounds) to awaken the subtle energy along the spine.
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Explore all sides of your practice with a circular, continuous movement flow. Begin with chanting a mantra to call in the cyclical nature of impermanence. Move through hip openers, standing balances, and crow pose play. End your practice with an extended savasana.
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Fire it up from the inside out to stay toasty on cold winter days. Open with the bija mantra (seed sound) VAM, shunya mudra (gesture for intuition), apana mudra (gesture for grounding), and kapalabhati (skull-shining) breath. Then strengthen the core and open to the warmth of your heart through balancing poses, plank work, and arm balances.
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Invoke Lakshmi, the goddess of abundance, as you call in spiritual wealth, abundance, and deep appreciation for what you have. Create this attitude of gratitude with an intention for cultivation. Join in singing or simply listen to the words.
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Methodically flow through a sequence designed to create space in your lower body and strength in your back. Includes a lunge series to release through your hips, followed by a bridge flow to strengthen your posterior chain.
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Invoke Quan Yin, the goddess of healing, compassion, and mercy, as you set your intention for the year ahead. Through repetition of mantra, burn away impurities to start fresh with a healthy mind and body, and a full heart. Join in singing or simply listen to the words.
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Tap into the energy of Shakti as a source of unconditional love, acceptance, and gratitude. Call upon her to illuminate any feelings of darkness in your heart as you fill these spaces with flowing abundance. Join in singing or simply listen to the words.
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Invoke Saraswati, one of the goddesses honored in the 9-day celebration of Navaratri. Open with the sound of OM, then move through a flowing practice full of throat chakra clearing movements and quad stretches. Saraswati represents the river of consciousness that enlivens creativity and wisdom. She gains order from chaos in the form of knowledge and embodies all that is pure in nature.
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Embody the essence of bamboo: strong and flexible even during times of great change. Open with a mantra to ground into your practice, then explore standing balancing poses and grounding, earthy practices.
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Connect with yourself in this practice designed for women. Clearing blockages in the throat chakra helps clear a pathway for open, confident communication. This steady and grounded practice includes variations on gate pose, lunges, forward folds, and spinal movements. Close with a chant for the throat chakra (energy center) using the bija mantra (seed sound) HAM.
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Learn to tap into the body's inner wisdom through the use of mudra (hand gesture), breathwork (pranayama), and postures (asana), and inspiration from the turtle. Begin slowly with a pratyahara practice (withdrawal of the senses), move into hip openers, balancing poses, and back down to the ground for variations of kurmasana (tortoise pose).
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With a focus on strength and stability in the legs, this well-rounded flow includes stretching, strengthening, and balance. Solidify your roots and tap into your strength and confidence with inspiration from the tree.
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A gentle practice to bring relief to the lower back, hips, and lower belly to release PMS symptoms.
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Balance and strengthen the parts of your body that become tight from the repetitive demands of running. Find stretchy shapes that bring space to your legs, hips, and low back. Great for off-days or for off-season training.
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A gentle practice for runners to release tension in the neck and shoulders. Unconscious shoulder hunching and forward head movement during runs can cause discomfort - take a few moments to reset, create space, and find balance before your next run!
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Play with arm balances such as crow and flying pigeon variations. Start with core strengthening and shoulder prep before preparing to fly with your head below your heart!
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Slow down with this soothing practice for women to help relieve tension and discomfort at the beginning of your cycle. Begin lying on your back in a gentle twist, then move through lunges and gentle backbends and forward folds.
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Whether you feel ready for full splits pose or not, this flow will open up your hips, hamstrings, and quads to help you along the journey. Begin seated to chant the bija mantra (seed sound) YAM, and tap into your superpower, then warm up the hips and spine in table top, and move toward Hanumanasana. Complete the practice with a personal mantra to remind you of your awesomeness.
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A well-rounded flow to bring ease and rejuvenation to the body, mind, and spirit. Start lying down to explore twists, then move into standing poses for a balanced full body practice.
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Take a break from work with this well-rounded, accessible slow flow. With lots of options for practicing in a small space (office, cubicle, etc.), move through standing stretches for the shoulders, spine, hips, and low back.
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Spin circles on your mat and get twisted with this well-rounded mandala-style flow. Open with a chant of the bija mantra (seed sound) "yam" before moving into the physical practice full of stretchy, strengthening twists leading to a fun variation of side crow.
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Pre-run jitters? Take a couple of minutes for this visualization meditation to get centered and step into your power.
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Fire up and move stress out of your body. Start with breathwork and powerful hasta mudras (hand gestures) to move stuck energy out of your system. Build heat as you activate your core, hips, and legs with options for arm balances.
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Chanting mantra brings peace, harmony, and balance to the system and a sense of connection. This original song from Steph - Maha Devi Maha Shakti Jai Ma - specifically calls upon the energy of the mother to feel held, unconditionally, in her love and acceptance. Join into the mantra by chanting along or listening.
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Find a calm, fluid breath-to-movement flow to ease symptoms of anxiety that live in the body and mind. This gentle flow moves through gentle heart, hip, and hamstring openers in a holistic approach to anxiety relief.
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Find stability in times of uncertainty with this flow for the root energy center, or muladhara (mula = root, adhara = support/base) chakra. The root chakra awakens our primal nature of survival skills and safety as we flow through grounded postures including sun salutations and balancing poses.
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A slo-mo flow class with a focus on the sigh at the end of the exhale. Use this practice to gently release any stress and to bring peaceful relief to your whole system.
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Use some tricks to focus the mind, create a positive affirmation, and center in the body to get reinspired for your run. Play with apana mudra (a grounding hand gesture) and movements for hips, hamstrings, and calves.
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An accessible, continuous mandala flow that will have you making circles on your mat! The unpredictability of the flow will help you forget about whatever is weighing you down today...and instead find peace through presence.
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A seated meditation for days that feel stressful or out-of-control. Using breathwork and a personal mantra for meditation, find your way back to a feeling of “okay.” Option to practice seated on the ground or in a chair.
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This continuous flow is a full-body tune-up to release stress and promote immunity. Yoga helps keep your whole system healthy, even when you’re stressed. Less stress means less inflammation; less inflammation means you’re supporting your optimal wellness for body and mind.