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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The practice of aparigraha (non-possessiveness) is a chance to relax expectations. Explore several balancing poses to practice this quality of releasing expectations about your yoga.
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Embrace the quality of aparigraha (non-grasping) that enables us to forgive others and move on. Move stuck energy through the chest and hips to find the space you need to say thank you to all of life’s experiences.
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When it comes to detoxing, most people only think about the physical body, but detoxification of the mind is just as important. By spending time in spinal twists and hip openers, discover physical and mental space, creating room for new beginnings.
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Build the foundations to a lifelong practice by understanding the basics of a hatha practice. Move mindfully through essential hatha poses before ending in final relaxation.
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Begin on your back with controlled belly-up core exercises before moving through a balanced practice culminating in crow pose. The word hatha embodies two opposites, the sun and the moon. The practice of yoga is to unite opposites, creating a steady balance, the result of intention and ease. The ability to embody both of these opposite qualities is at the heart of yoga, referenced in the yoga Sutras as “sthira sukham asanam."
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Begin with a circular moon breath before moving into poses designed to help you expand your physical body, creating an open container in which you can receive each breath. Leave your mat feeling sweetly grounded and calm.
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Stoke your agni (inner fire) in this invigorating practice. Intensify your fire by beginning with a breathing practice known as kapalabhati (skull shining breath), then move into a series of challenging, heat-building poses.
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Chant OM to connect and flow and the silent mantra ‘I am Truth’, or ‘So Ham’ as a reminder we are connected to something bigger than Self. The sound of OM can vibrate at 432 mhz to hold the same vibrational frequency found in the earth, planets and stars.
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Clearing energy in the throat region allows us to speak our truth and apply satya more freely. Use chanting and backbending postures to open up the throat chakra and explore what it takes to state our truth.
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Explore the spaces in between the breaths, and in between the thoughts. By taking the powerful role of the observer, we see more clearly our satya (truth) both in our experiences and choices on and off the mat. Often it just takes a little space for our truth to become clearer.
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By listening more closely to the body, we begin to understand the body never lies. In today’s practice, explore the application of satya (truth in practice) while tuning into the body’s requirements. Learn to find a balance between what you're putting into the pose and what you're receiving.
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A simple application of breath to movement can be a powerful way to get your practice to be a meditative flow. Explore satya (truth) by taking a mindful approach to linking breath to movements in order to slow down and fully experience the truth in each moment.
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Explore extended hand to big toe pose (utthita hasta padangusthasana) as you set an intention to help shape your experience, connect to foundation, use a centering mantra, and create space to allow for what arises.
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Consider the embodiment of your intention and the power to shape your experience. Practice supine hand to big toe pose and lengthen the hips, hamstrings, and side bodies.
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Free up some tension from the hips and hamstrings - areas that hold the complex tapestry of our history. Notice what comes up as we open up these areas, and allow space for what arises.
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Use the mantra "I am centered" while moving through sun salutations and playing with balancing poses. This practice will create a sense of groundedness on and off the mat.
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Balancing postures requires a strong foundation. In this grounding practice, send your roots to the earth and feel how it supports the structure of the pose, the breath, and our presence.
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Stimulate your breath in this moon-focused flow class. Use alternate nostril breathing (nadi shodhana) to get grounded in order to open and receive each moment as it unfolds. Travel briskly through standing, hip opening, and core poses.