Stephanie Jain

1) How did your yoga journey begin?

I remember taking my very first class in high school with my mother at the gym. It planted a seed that took root several years later in college and graduate school, when I began exploring asanas and mindfulness meditation. By 2012, I was taking several yoga classes a week to counteract the effects of my desk job, and I never looked back.

 

2) How did you feel after that first practice?

“Am I supposed to feel this light and wonderful?” Really! I didn’t quite trust that peaceful feeling, but I knew I wanted more.

 

3) Tell us about your path to becoming a teacher.

It has been a wonderful journey! When I wanted to learn more after practicing for a few years, I found a hatha yoga teacher training that felt like a good fit. Initially, I was only interested in learning about history and philosophy, with no intention of teaching, but a new fire lit after giving my first classes. As soon as I finished the program, I left my full-time job, moved across the country to my home state, and began teaching in my community through a local non-profit. I facilitated all kinds of group classes with teens and adults in some interesting settings, and my students taught me so much beyond that initial training. They motivated me to learn and apply a trauma-sensitive approach to teaching, and then to study yoga therapy as a way to address specific wellness concerns through the practices of yoga.

After coming to Singapore last year, I enrolled in an intense yoga therapy course in India that is part of the Krishnamacharya lineage. This tradition emphasizes the development of a consistent, personalized yoga practice. So while I receive immense joy from creating community within my group classes, I am now also working one-on-one with students to support their wellbeing at all levels (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual) through the various techniques of yoga.

In my classes, I aim to be the teacher that I would want to learn from – welcoming, personable, and knowledgeable, but not too serious. As a lifelong student, I remain curious and committed to sharing what I learn. I am excited to be doing so at Art of Yoga and hope to meet you in class soon!

 

4) How has your practice affected your life and perspective on it?

It has transformed my life. One of my teachers has said, “You know your yoga practice is working when your relationships improve.” And it’s so true! Before exploring yoga, I was at my lowest point physically and psychologically. But with each day of consistent practice, my friendships grow richer, my marriage is stronger than ever, and most necessarily I am learning to deeply love myself. On a subtle level, the practice helps me get clear, and on a gross level, it has prevented many potential injuries and illnesses. This is my path for the rest of my life, and I take each step with deep gratitude.5) Share something fun about yourself.Apart from yoga, I love learning languages – I am fluent in Spanish and can understand a bit of Hindi. These days, I’m trying my hand at Mandarin and welcome any opportunity to practice!

5) Share something fun about yourself.

Apart from yoga, I love learning languages – I am fluent in Spanish and can understand a bit of Hindi. These days, I’m trying my hand at Mandarin and welcome any opportunity to practice!