Stephanee offers holistic practices that bridge the gap between traditional therapy and yoga therapy, from healthcare to community care.
Stephanee encourages her students and clients to be inspired by their potential for resiliency. Her history of nursing and current work as a hospice volunteer inform her Kripalu-based teaching style, creating a serene and meditative experience. She helps students to develop integral qualities such as self-regulation and mindfulness, fluid from mat to life.
What originally motivated you to do this work, and what continues to motivate you?
As a nurse, I felt the gap in health care where comprehensive whole-person care was incomplete. I left nursing and pursued integrative training through transpersonal psychology and yoga therapy as a way to bridge that gap. I am motivated by witnessing students’ healing journeys; through empowerment, self-care and hope that is real and inspired by self-compassion.
What is your vision?
I am passionate about community service. My vision is to integrate yoga, yoga therapy and wellness practices into underserved communities, particularly those touched by cancer and trauma. Therapeutic yoga and mindfulness practices are an essential component in an integrated health and wellness plan and should be accessible to all.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your therapeutic work?
Connection to courageous, loving people and the reward of creating space for others to connect.
What are some of the things your students and clients have taught you?
We are not defined by our struggles or illness. We can offer our compassion and our gifts and live with chronic illness. We use our stress to heal from the inside out. The depth of this holistic heart work is inspiring to see in my students.
In working with people recovering from life challenges, what changes have you noticed in yourself, your thinking, or feelings about “healing?”
I witness through the eyes of my students’ and clients how resilient they are. They are much more than their diagnosis. They inspire me to live well, seek connection, and to pray and serve one another. I am humbled by the grit and hard work it takes to not just survive, but to thrive.
Stephanee Howell is a 500 hr Therapeutic Yoga Teacher and a C-IAYT (Internationally Certified Yoga Therapist) through Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. She is certified by the National Yoga Alliance with additional certified training in Y4C’s (Yoga for Cancer) specialized teaching methodology, certification in the Mindful Yoga for Cancer Integrative/Research-Based Model at Duke Univ. and certification in Restorative and Therapeutic Yoga with Jillian Pransky, a specialist in the field.
She is an advanced teacher and mentor for the Y4C (Yoga for Cancer) teacher training program. She is also completing an in-depth Mindfulness Meditation certification program with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach.
Stephanee is a retired RN (ICU), a Hospice Volunteer, a Lay Pastoral Counselor, a Level 3 Healing Touch Practitioner, and holds a Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Psychology.
Stephanee offers therapeutic, trauma-informed, and restorative yoga classes and workshops, mindfulness and meditation programs, specialized yoga for cancer classes in the community, private and group yoga therapy programs- with particular focus on cancer survivors and those with PTSD.