Stephanie never dreamed that the yoga she sought out in 1989 to help safeguard her overused athlete’s knees, from years of skiing, would eventually lead to a career with and launched by one of yoga’s masters – Bikram Choudhury.
Stephanie’s knees rebounded and her overall athletic prowess improved with the help of yoga. But it was a twist of fate that turned her from yoga student to yoga teacher to yoga leader.
“I had been a student at the Yoga College of India (now known as Bikram Yoga) when an incredibly-gifted instructor, Marlon McGann, based in Los Angeles and one of Bikram’s most senior teachers, who was running his classes wanted to return to Southern California,” she says. Bikram himself called to ask her to train to teach yoga with him. “I woke up and simply said yes.”
Stephanie could not have predicted that ‘yes’ would eventually make her an integral part of the development and current popularity of Bikram Yoga. As Director of Yoga at Bikram Yoga in San Francisco’s North Beach from 1993-1996, Stephanie worked directly with Bikram, assisting with his world-renowned teacher training program. She is considered one of Bikram Yoga’s most senior teachers that “has a lot to offer.”
Stephanie added Baron Baptiste’s Power Vinyasa Teacher Training to her repertoire and has also studied with Pattabhi Jois, Bryan Kest, and Ana Forrest. She describes her style of teaching as “strong, straightforward and authentic, yet playful.”
Before opening Red Dragon Yoga with Craig Fruchter in 2003, Stephanie owned Yoga Haven in San Francisco’s Marina District. Stephanie has appeared on television for Dr. Dean Adell’s television program called “Turning up the Heat,” a show focused on the benefits and popularity of Hot Yoga and has and taught at several yoga conferences and even internationally.
“Recently, I received a beautiful, hand-crafted card from a student expressing her gratitude for my support, guidance, and energy. She said I “was an integral part as well as Red Dragon Yoga in her decision to go take teacher training and become a yoga instructor.” I felt so blessed!
Aside from being a teacher, co-owner of two yoga studios and a mother, Stephanie who lives in Mill Valley still finds time to spend with the family and friends. She still skis, hikes and enjoys paddle boarding.