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A Passion for Supporting Women through Yoga - Stephanie Williams

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Stephanie Williams MumsnBubs Yoga  This month we caught up with Bliss Baby Yoga Prenatal, Postnatal and Women's Yoga Teacher Training graduate, Stephanie Williams of Kalpita Yoga in Melbourne.

Most of us know all too well how stressful and taxing tertiary study can be, and for Stephanie, it was at this time, deep in the throws of studying nutrition and exercise science, when she sought an alternative strategy for stress relief…yoga. 

“I quite enjoyed the first class I went to, but by the third class I was hooked!”  While exploring her deep fascination with the workings of the human body in her university studies, yoga seemed like a natural compliment to what she was learning. And so Stephanie embarked on a Teacher Training course in Melbourne with Shimi Nadaraja from ‘Power and Posture’.

During her teacher training Stephanie’s eyes were opened to the philosophy of yoga, which despite being new material, was closely aligned to the values she had already been experiencing in her practice.
 
The yogic principal of ‘non-attachment’ or Aparigraha rang true for Stephanie, as it related back to her experience with horses. Since childhood Stephanie had worked with horses and as an adult taught riding and horsemanship.

Stephanie Williams Yoga 2 “On a horse the goal might be to get to the other side of the arena – ideally in a straight line – but if it is wobbly the first time, that’s ok, you just do it again. You have to let go of perfection and the outcome, your best effort is right where you need to be, where the learning is. This is similar to practicing your yoga poses, it’s about meeting yourself where you are at on the day, and being ok if it didn’t go as planned.”

After the birth of Stephanie’s sister’s first baby, Stephanie became aware of what little postnatal yoga there was available for new mums, and how ill-equipped she was to teach it! 

“Whilst I knew how to teach a ‘strong practice’ – I didn’t know how to guide my sister through a post-natal practice - it was so different.  I felt there was a real gap in my knowledge, and a gap in services available.”

Stephanie decided to attend the Bliss Baby Yoga Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training course in Melbourne, which she found hands-on and practical.

Stephanie MumsnBubs Yoga Training 2 “It wasn’t just text-book learning, it was more feeling it in your body. There was a lot of discussion, especially with the women who were pregnant on the course as well as with women who had previously had babies. This was great because it’s not easy to conceptualise how it might feel if you have never been pregnant.”

“The act of curiosity and enquiry was really elevated on the course, it helped us learn on a much deeper level.”

Stephanie then completed her Bliss Baby Yoga RPYT Training with a six-day residential stint in Byron Bay, where she said the course really encouraged a connection with her intuition.
Stephanie MumsnBubs Yoga Training “It was an amazing nurturing environment for self discovery. The Bliss Baby course taught me to care for myself, and listen to what my body was saying. Since doing the course I think that my practice has became a softer and more intelligent experience. I now notice on the days when I’m not feeling so strong, there is a lot less judgement and negative self-talk. I have learnt instead to just soften and be gentler with myself - and my pelvic floor has never been better!”

Now Stephanie teaches yoga as her full-time profession and she adores it.  “I love helping women build confidence and connection to their body, connection to their breath, and awareness to what’s going on inside their bodies.”

“I find that women tend to already be in a beautiful nurturing space when they are pregnant, but during the postnatal phase, they can tend to be more disconnected from their own bodies, as their focus shifts to the external baby. I like working with these women to create confidence and regain that deeper connection.”

To continue her journey working with women Stephanie recently completed the Bliss Baby Yoga 80 hr specialty Women’s Yoga Teacher training in Byron Bay, exploring yoga for all phases of the menstrual cycle, fertility and menopause.

By Miranda Burne.

Photos by Glow Clinic, Andy Broadbear Photography (c/o Kula Yoga), and Robyn Bell.

Stephanie Williams Yoga Stephanie Williams is based in Melbourne, and teaches regular yoga classes in a variety of styles, including Prenatal and Mums n Bubs Yoga, as well as private sessions and retreats. Stephanie is a graduate of our Bliss Baby Yoga Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training, and 80 hr Women's Yoga Teacher Training.

To contact Stephanie or find out more about her classes visit www.kalpitayoga.com.au or connect with her via Kalpita Yoga on Facebook or @kalpitayoga on Instagram.

To expand your knowledge skills in these niche areas of yoga for women, join us in Byron Bay for our upcoming Bliss Baby Yoga residential teacher training intensives:

 • 100 hr RPYT Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training, 3rd-13th August, 2017

 •  80 hr Women's Yoga Teacher Training, 15th-24th September, 2017

 

 

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