January 9, 2013   Posted by: sagepage

Yoga with Stephanie Dernek: Thursdays at 6:45 p.m.

All are welcome for yoga at Sage with Stephanie Dernek beginning tomorrow!! Bring your yoga mat and join us on Thursdays at 6:45!!!

IMPORTANT SCHEDULE UPDATE: On Jan 31st, yoga will be from 7:15-8:30. On Feb 7th yoga will be from 5pm-6:15pm. On Feb 14th we will go back to our regularly scheduled time of 6:45 on Thursdays. Thanks for your patience and we look forward to seeing you on the mat at Sage!

In this fast paced, intense world there are very few spaces and time we allot for silencing our minds and reconnecting with our center and our truest self.  You are invited to take time for you. Come and turn it all off and turn inside to yourself. My intention is create welcoming, accessible, yoga spaces for activists, organizers, and those who care for others folks as an outlet for self care.  I want to share my passion for yoga as well as the my belief that self care practices should be accessible, affordable, welcoming, supportive and is a radical act. More info can be found at


Stephi Dernek is a Certified Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher.  Stephanie came to yoga while in college in 2000 and immediately connected with the physical aspects of the practice.  Stephanie was blessed early on with teachers that helped ground her practice in the foundations of yoga; breath, good alignment and the basics of the yogic practice.  As time passed, yoga ebbed and flowed through her life; she would return to yoga when ailments such as back pain, training for a marathon, or stress reared itself.   Whenever she came back to yoga, it felt like coming home: immediate peace, sense of strength, higher purpose, and a communion of her whole self. 

In January 2011, Stephi traveled to India to immerse herself fully in the yogic lifestyle and completed a yoga teacher training through Tribe Yoga.  The teacher training provided a platform to be immersed in all aspects of yoga including; Asana (yoga poses), Pranayama (breath exercises), Meditation, Philosophy, Anatomy, Physiology, Teaching skills, Adjustments and Chanting.  The Asana practice and study was based on a Modified Ashtanga Primary Series and Vinyasa Flow but also integrated Yin Yoga and Acro Yoga.  Stephanie has continued her study and practice since returning from India including workshops with Max Strom, Erich Schiffmann, and Seane Corn.

As a full time activist, Stephanie connects her daily yoga practice to her work and sees it as a part of her lives mission to work toward a just and sustainable world. Using the power of “yuj” coming together, the communities’ positive energy from a class, the light we send out to heal the world, and our own brokenness, pain, suffering. Yoga is a personal practice that extends out to the community around us, our mother earth, and to all that is beyond our comprehension. We do not know the impact of our actions so why not make them positive and life giving for our fellow companions on this journey of life.

Stephanie is committed to bringing yoga to as many people as she can and believes that there is a yogic practice out there for us all.  Our body and soul need to be taken care of so we can give our best self in our work, relationships, and to our self. I have never heard anyone after a yoga class say “I wish I wouldn’t have come”. She invites you to join her and let your journey with yoga begin.

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