Stacey Stufflebeam


E-RYT 200

Stacey’s greatest goal as a yoga teacher is to create a calm, safe space where students push themselves as much (or as little) as they chose each time they step onto their mats. Her classes are a place where everyone from beginners to advanced yogis flow through poses (tailored to their ability) to increase strength, flexibility, and equanimity. By emphasizing the mind-body connection through breath awareness, she works to ensure each student is comfortable listening to and doing what she or he needs rather than just doing what a neighbor is doing.

Stacey took her first yoga class as a graduate student shortly after 9/11, which was long before yoga was mainstream around here. “Honestly, I felt silly and awkward but when I went home that evening, I felt more relaxed even as our nation was on edge and the next day, I felt sore in places I didn’t even know could be sore! That’s why I went back the next week, the next month, the next year and why almost two decades later I still get on my mat every single day.”

She completed her yoga teacher training in early 2007 while pregnant and soon thereafter became certified to teach prenatal yoga as well. She has continued to share her love of yoga ever since, teaching more than 2,000 hours so far. While on sabbatical in 2017, she took a break from teaching and was able to practice yoga at studios, beaches, marinas, parks, and the most challenging place she’s found so far: on a moving boat! “We even named our sailboat Navasana, which means “boat pose” in Sanskrit, so everyone we met along the way quickly learned a little more about yoga and the art of slowing down.”

When not on her yoga mat, Stacey enjoys exploring with her family, talking with students, painting abstracts, indulging in a historical fiction novel, or simply enjoying one of her husband’s delicious meals with friends and family.

She hopes to see you in a class soon because as she always says, “we all come to yoga for our own individual reasons but we all come back for the same one: to feel better.”

Copyright © Studio Gaia