You gotta LOVE her!

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Meet Stephanie Tice…fabulous SDY teacher! In addition to being a yoga lover, Stephanie (or Stephy) loves to hike, go to the beach, travel, read and play board/card games! She is originally from San Jose, CA and has been married to her husband, Ryan, for 18 years this June! Stephy knew she was going to marry Ryan the night they met! They have two daughters, Lauren (15) who is finishing her freshman year at Vista and Camryn (13) who is finishing 7th grade at Folsom Middle. The Tice family also has a one-eyed dog named Ohso. He is a chocolate brown cocker spaniel and is “oh so” cute!!! Stephy is a total neat freak (it calms her), loves Las Vegas and playing blackjack, secretly wishes she was a CIA agent and her favorite meal is a burger with fries and a cold beer.

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Stephy has been practicing at SDY for 21 months and teaching with us since January. She is also a school teacher so during the school year she prefers to practice in the evening. During the summer, however, she enjoys the 5:45am classes…call her crazy but she doesn’t sleep in! In order to stay consistent in her yoga practice, Stephy tries to practice at the same times and days each week to stay committed. Being consistent in her practice keeps her in a good mindset and she is more productive in her everyday life. When she doesn’t practice she can easily slip back into her old way of being/thinking.

Stephy never thought she was going to become a yoga teacher, but after developing her practice and becoming a part of the community she knew she wanted MORE! She is inspired by the possibilities of growth for herself while being able to give back to others. Stephy has discovered a lot about herself through her yoga practice. She has found an ease about being on her mat which has carried over into life off her mat. She has discovered what it means to be present and let go of expectations of what she thinks things should be and accept what is. She has also realized that she is the source of what is in her life.

From the very first time Stephy walked into Spotted Dog Yoga the community feeling has been a huge inspiration to her. She loves the camaraderie, the support and encouragement and the friendships she has made!

We are SO lucky to have such an amazing teacher and friend in Stephanie! Thank you for all you do!

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Why are they touching me? (aka More About Assisting)

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As we introduce assistants into our Power Yoga Basics and Power Yoga All classes, you may wonder, “how do they know just what to do to get me deeper into this pose?” or on a more basic level, “why are they touching me?”

Connect: Assistant Program

The assisting program, as with all things Spotted Dog, is carefully crafted to enhance your yoga practice. Assistants complete our 20-hour training and then do practice assisting until they and we are confident in their assisting skills. Only then are they ready to come into a class and assist you.

Assistants are taught to observe the student, listen to the instructor, and then give tools to the student for a more powerful yoga experience. Different assists will be used on each and every student. Let’s say you’re wobbly in dancer pose. (I am wobbly in each and every balancing pose, so this is an easy example to illustrate!) An assistant might stand in front of you and place their palm out for you to stabilize your hand on. With this assist to strengthen the foundation of the pose, you will feel the deep opening in your shoulders and hips that dancer can provide.

If you’re someone with an injury or have an area that is best left untouched, you can just shake your head no and our assistants will respectfully honor your request. We encourage you to stay open to being assisted as it can help you take your practice to a whole new level.

If you’re a SDY regular, you won’t want to miss our Connect: Assistant Program, June 12 – 14. Your yoga practice will be transformed as you gain alignment knowledge and experience a deeper understanding of your own body. This program will give you tools to refine the mastery of direct, powerful, and informative assists.

On a personal note, I completed Connect: Assistant Program with Spotted Dog in November and it was the best assisting program I’ve done. (I’ve taken 3 assisting programs with different studios. What can I say? I love to learn!) Leslie

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