STUDY + INSPIRATION + EXPERIENCE
As an educator, I am committed to providing you with the foundation to live a more vibrant life. I believe that the physical practice of yoga postures coupled with yogic philosophy helps us to both stay fit and increase our well-being while also empowering and equipping us with the tools to engage in all aspects of our lives more skillfully.
My classes flow at a moderate pace, abundant with detailed alignment instruction that will help you get stronger and move better on and off the mat. I invite my students to join me in taking a look at the postures from a fresh perspective and become more inquisitive about how they are moving and living in their bodies. In each class, workshop, training, and retreat I offer, there are options to engage fully at your level, respect your limits, and challenge yourself to expand your boundaries.
Yoga radically transformed my life and I love to share my passion and enthusiasm for the practice with others. Creative and coherent sequencing, clear and precise instruction, and a light-hearted, down to earth attitude are hallmarks of my classes. A dedicated practitioner since 1995 and teacher since 2000, I continue to fall more deeply in love with all the aspects of the yoga practice. I offer one-on-one sessions for therapeutic concerns, lead public classes, immersions, specialized workshops and retreats, and train and mentor teachers in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. I look forward to seeing you soon!
Practice With Me
I teach weekly classes, monthly workshops, and teacher trainings in San Francisco, plus retreats and events around the globe. To get a feel for me and my teaching style, check out my video bio on why I teach yoga, what I offer, and listen to what the students who take my class have to say.
GRATITUDE + EXPERIENCE
My classes are my own creative blend of dynamic movement and aligned Yoga. They are built on my experience studying many styles of yoga, completing training with master teachers in Iyengar, Anusara, and Yoga Tune Up®, and extensively studying other movement modalities and massage. I am grateful to the amazing teachers who have graced my path over the last two decades and have shaped and inspired me on my quest to learn more.
I source inspiration from biomechanics, functional movement, and the latest science on the nervous system, fascia, and the benefits of self-massage. In addition, I have spent time studying different philosophies and traditions of Yoga and meditation. The teachings of the Tantra help me relate my practice to my daily life. That is the spirit I weave into all of my offerings to help you take your yoga off the mat and live it in your everyday life.
‘Namaste’ is a sweet salutation that means, ‘The divine spark of life in my heart acknowledges the divine spark of life in your heart.’ Commonly used in India and Nepal, it is also a part of our yoga practice in the United States. For years now, I have routinely ended my classes by bringing my hands together in front of my heart and saying, ‘Namaste.’ To honor the power and connection created by the class, I would bow to my students and found that most replied in the same way. Except for one. With my eyes closed and my heart open, one of my students would often let out a sweet, ‘Namastacey!’
It wasn’t until another student suggested I use this as the domain name for my site that ‘Namastacey’ really began to make an impression on me. At first, I thought it was a bit irreverent, but as I contemplated why I teach yoga and the importance of its offerings – both on and off the mat – I realized how perfectly ‘Namastacey’ suits my highest purpose. As a yogin, I look for the unique beauty and spark in each and every person. As a teacher, I help my students discover their own light so they can shine it brightly back to the world. I consider the seat of the teacher a great privilege and continue to end my classes with ‘Namaste’ as a full expression of gratitude for and to my students, my teachers, and the great lineage of yoga teachings that have been passed down for all of us to experience.
I invite you to join me for public and private yoga classes, immersions and teacher trainings, and a variety of workshops and retreats. My classes focus on improving your health and vitality through the practice of yoga, as well as discovering your full potential and living your highest truth. In addition, I hope to enrich our community to support, uplift and inspire each other so that we might raise our own awareness in order to see the impact we have on one another, and on our planet.
"Stacey is a thoughtful and skilled teacher. Every pose she guides you through has a purpose, and she takes care to tie poses back to functional movements that help you in your everyday life. I’ve learned something new in every one of Stacey’s classes, and would highly recommend her classes to anyone who wants to feel better in and outside of yoga class."
“Stacey is a one-of-a-kind teacher who recognizes each student and adapts her classes to serve all levels. Her classes have a patient and thoughtful sequence that helps you feel confident and move safely through poses. I would recommend her to any person wanting to learn more about yoga, or about themselves!” Maria C.
“Stacey is a rare teacher in that she is wholly dedicated to both her practice and her students. I cannot recommend her enough to both people overcoming injury or individuals with advanced ability." Nirali C.