Stephanie Pafford, E-RYT 200

As a practitioner of yoga, my life has been transformed. I truly believe that you can’t practice yoga without experiencing a change — regardless in what shape or form – and that this transformation can be a magical blessing.

The first time I stepped on a mat, I felt like I was home. Something stirred inside of me and the journey of transforming began. I have a love for myself now that was non-existent before yoga. I have an acceptance of all things regardless if perceived as good or bad. I am present and whole.

I come from a background where athletics have always been in my life so I started my journey as a Personal Trainer and trained extensively with back issues, as this was a particular issue for me before yoga. I worked with active older adults, those with core and stability issues, plus teenagers. At that time I had this false belief that yoga was “easy” so it was not for me. Boy was I wrong.

Through “asana” (postures) I was moved to become an instructor and received my 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training certification and 100 Hour Restorative Yoga training. I have explored the deeper aspects of yoga with meditation (such a challenge for me) and pranayama. I have completed workshops with many great teachers including, but not limited to: Roger Cole, Desiree Raumbaugh, Saul David Ray, and Sharath Jois.

I’m an E-RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance, an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Egoscue Pain, Posture & Performance trained, Completion of Nutrition for Professional. I am the director of Akasha Yoga Studio in La Jolla, California. I welcome all into class and trainings and encourage you to go above and beyond any expectations and limitations.