Stephanie Nosco (Staniforth)


I found yoga at the tender age of 15 when my mind and body felt like foreign terrain. Yoga postures lead me to my breath, which offered me solace during the stress and toxicity of adolescence. During University, I became more interested in the spirituality and philosophy behind the practice I already loved- which lead me to a religious studies professor who opened my eyes to Buddhism

After receiving a degree in eastern religious studies, I made a pilgrimage to India where I spent months learning the traditional roots of yoga. From this point on I continued to study and practice with many teachers- receiving the teachings and then testing them in the laboratory of my own heart and mind.
My main teachers are Sarah and Ty powers, whose teaching blends yin/yang yoga, Buddhism and psychotherapy into one practice called Insight Yoga. I am so grateful for the many jewels of wisdom they continue to share with me.This past year I had the privilege of sitting a month-long silent retreat at Spirit Rock Meditation Center with Gil Fronstal and Philip Moffit. I am very influenced by their teachings on Insight (vipassana) Meditation. I also enjoy studying yoga asana with Maty Ezraty and Biomechanist Jules Michell.
Currently, I am enrolled in a three-year Shamanic Chinese Energetic Medicine course, through the international institute of medical Qi-gong in Vancouver. Learning the foundations of Chinese energetic practices have greatly influenced how I teach Yin and Yin/Yang yoga.
My daily practice continually reveals deeper layers of learning and self-discovery. There are so many teachings and teachers available, but I think the real learning must come from your own experience of what you feel to be true- and then being open to question that truth. Our practice is a continual navigation through the wilderness of our body heart and mind. May it lead us to a place of solace, peace and true refuge.