Stephanie Nelson is originally from rural New England, northeastern USA. She first started practicing yoga in NYC in the mid nineties while taking a break from her graduate studies, exploring several different yoga traditions, Integral, Sivananda, Jivamukti, Iyengar, eventually discovering Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Following this 14 month break, she returned to her scientific pursuits and completed her PhD in Immunology in 2001 in Boston, USA.
In 2002, Stephanie and her family moved to New Zealand and soon after began a 2½year teaching apprenticeship in Ashtanga at the Auckland Yoga Academy (YA500). Since her graduation in 2006, Stephanie has been teaching yoga full time. She is the founder and director of Waiheke Island Ashtanga Yoga and The Breathing Space Yoga Collective, an Experienced-RYT 500 instructor with the Yoga Alliance, and leads YA200 and YA300 registered teacher training programs. Stephanie is one of the 3 teachers in the Trinity Yoga collaboration.
Stephanie regularly studies with senior certified Ashtanga teachers, Peter Sanson and Dena Kingsberg. She has traveled to Mysore India and to the US to practice with the late Ashtanga Guru, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, his daughter and grandson, Saraswati and Sharath Jois. She is ever grateful, humbled, and inspired by her teachers and her students. She also has three beautiful children that inspire her life everyday.
Stephanie wishes to share this transformative yoga practice with all who are willing, inspire students to practice yoga daily, and have a bit of fun along the way.