We all tend to gravitate towards certain people in life. I am not talking about physical attraction, but this kind of inner appeal, which not always can we put a finger on. There is something about these people that resonates with us and we instantly feel better in their presence. And this is even more true about yoga teachers. Yes, we can go to a particular class because there is a yoga studio around the corner from our house or its time slot suits us. However, that’s barely ever the case. We usually try a few different classes, different yoga styles, and before we know it, there is a yoga teacher whose class we keep coming back to and whose class we don’t want to miss.
Since I started practicing yoga I have found only a handful of such teachers and Stephanie Snyder is definitely one of them. Stephanie is a San Francisco-based yoga teacher who have been teaching yoga since 2000; she teaches workshops, trainings and retreats internationally, and is an industry festival and conference presenter. Stephanie comes and teaches in London once a year, usually a whole series of weekend workshops.
I first signed up for her workshops at Triyoga Studio in London four years ago, not really knowing who she was, but back then the description of her strong Vinyasa Flow practice appealed to me. Like anyone else I do tend to feel apprehensive when I don’t know what to expect, but those feelings dissipated within 15min or so of her very first workshop. From day one I have found Stephanie down-to-earth, warm, and funny; her storytelling compelling and thought-provoking, her asana practice strong yet methodical; her sequencing logical and when she chants I have goose bumps all over.
I have since attended every single workshop she has taught in the UK, I have signed up to her newsletter and I enjoy her online classes on yogaglo.com.
Over the past weekend I attended four of Stephanie’s workshops at Triyoga Camden under the title ‘Becoming Whole + Mending the Chaos Gap’. She used the term ‘chaos gap’ to describe a gap between our inner spiritual world and the outside material world, from which most of human confusion and suffering arise. I have learnt and taken a lot from her workshops, but one of the main things for me was the reminder that there is an ’unstruck and untouched’ place within all of us, to which we need to stay connected at all times. And the only way to find and be able to return to this place of quiet peace and steadiness is only through regular and consistent practice of asana, pranayama, mantra and meditation.