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Stephanie Kirkos

Stephanie was first introduced to yoga in 2010 at a gym in Northern Virginia. For years, Stephanie only knew yoga as a “good workout,” a more engaging way to exercise than hitting the treadmill. It wasn’t until she moved to Boston in 2014 and began practicing at studios in her new city that she became aware how much more there is to yoga.

A definitive moment occurred in class that completely changed Stephanie’s yoga practice – and life. A teacher shared that when we dwell on the past we feel regret, and when we ponder the future we feel anxiety. It's when we focus on the present that we are truly at peace. The teachings of yoga completely changed Stephanie’s life, and in 2014 she quit her corporate marketing job to focus on learning, living, and sharing the teachings of yoga.

Stephanie's mission is to educate and guide practitioners on ways to safely build strength, stability, mobility, and mindfulness to walk each day with a little more peace and ease. In her classes, you move and explore in a mindful and purposeful way on the mat to help create more breathing room in your mind and body off the mat.

Stephanie completed 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2015 and 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training under Jacqui Bonwell in 2017. She has gone on to complete advanced trainings and certifications in Boston and NYC, including Prenatal Yoga, Trauma-Informed Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Meditation. She is also a certified Balanced Athlete coach, a 100 Hour certified Barre instructor, and a Reiki Level 1 practitioner.

On a poetic note, Stephanie holds a BA in English from Union College with a concentration in Creative Writing. She wrote a book of poetry about James Dean for her English Honors Thesis in 2003. Presenting at the Mass Poetry Festival is like coming home.

My Speakers Sessions

Saturday, May 5

8:45am EDT