Stephanie Middleton – Yoga

I believe that ultimately, we become our own best teachers and there is nothing more motivating than immersing oneself into a journey of self-discipline that is infinitely interesting and challenging for body, mind & spirit. This age-old practice offers so many health benefits and assists us to become much more in tune with ourselves.
I first began practicing yoga in 2013 while experimenting with ways to incorporate more stretching into my daily routine. My first vinyasa class struck several chords (and muscles) and I was hooked instantly. The magic of yoga had sparked within me and there was no looking back.

Apart from being immersed in the rich tapestry of life that comes with nurturing three beautiful children through their formative years, growing up in the bush-clad hills and beaches of Eastbourne has certainly had an influence on my love of the outdoors. Being a self-confessed exercise addict, whether training for half-marathons, tramping, horse-riding or skiing, remaining still has never come naturally.

After sustaining a couple of fractured ribs in 2015, I was fortunate in being introduced to my instructor and mentor, Erika Francesca Josa, founder of The Yoga Lounge, who offers along with her team of talent, a well-rounded range of tailored classes.

Apart from healing my physical body, my training and studies
in yoga with Erika has shaped and reconditioned the way I make choices. It is a powerful tool that everyone can tap into themselves.

I love yoga and am discovering that I love teaching yoga mainly because I want my students to feel as energised and grounded and as I do through daily practice, whether it be a dynamic power class or a gentle flow.

Also, knowing that they are in a safe-haven for all levels and abilities and can apply the skills and challenges we experience on the mat out into our everyday life.

‘Practicing yoga does not eliminate life’s challenges, and neither does it provide us with a convenient trap-door to escape from life’s distractions. Instead, Yoga gives us the skills to meet life head-on with dignity and poise’.
Quote by Donna Farhi