Stephany Item

StephanyYoga is one of the elements in life that defines me the most, not only as a teacher but as a human. The practice and life style that comes along with it have been in my life ever since I can remember.

When I was about 8, my mother started an path of study with a teacher she met in Rome, following the teachings of U.G. Krishnamurti. My mother opened a vegan-macrobiotic center in Rome, Italy where she also taught yoga. I spent a lot of my time at the center, absorbing all of the elements, both consciously and subconsciously.

In 2010, I moved to San Diego, CA, where I got my degree in Developmental Psychology, with an emphasis on early childhood development. Throughout my years there I worked as a special education teacher. I found myself naturally using many elements of my own yoga practice with my students and the benefits were immediately noticeable by all. This led me to start a yoga program within the school. In 2015 I moved to Ithaca, NY where I branded my kids program and launched it as "Growing Roots Youth Yoga". In 2016 I attended a 95hr. Youth Yoga Teacher Training, "Kidding Around Yoga", in NYC at the Integral Yoga Institute.

I came to know Dharma Yoga in Ithaca, NY, through my teacher and mentor, Carol Hawk and her yoga studio, Ahimsa. Hawk has taken both her 500hr. and 800hr. with Dharma and assists him regularly for immersion workshops and advanced teacher trainings. I took my 200hr. Training with Hawk, under the Dharma Mittra tradition and I have also had the honor of working with Dharma Mittra directly.

Stephany teaches Growing Roots Youth Children's yoga as well as Dharma yoga. Stephany's classes are taught in English.


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