YOU’RE ONE SIMPLE CHOICE AWAY FROM CHANGING YOUR WHOLE LIFE AND THE WORLD FOR THE BETTER.
EVEN THOUGH YOU’RE FINE ON THE OUTSIDE, INSIDE, YOU’RE STRUGGLING.
You’re smart. You’re capable. You pride yourself on doing a good job with your work and all your other responsibilities. (Frankly, you are amazing!)
But you’re also stressed out and not coping with it very well.
With everything else, you’re a doer. You make it all happen.
But you don’t know HOW to actually cope with your stress, which makes you feel anxious sometimes and depressed sometimes, and the truth is, inside, you’re not proud of yourself.
This vicious cycle has you struggling and feeling completely stuck.
I see you. I completely understand. And I want you to know that you are not alone.
In fact, a lot of people like you are stuck in the vicious cycle of chronic stress.
I’m a Certified Yoga Therapist who mentors busy, chronically stressed-out folks to make the teachings + practices of yoga part of your life so that you can be more present, calm, and confident.
So you can take charge of your life and be your best self.
Because being your best self is the most important thing you can do for yourself, your family and friends, the causes that are important to you, and the planet.
And yoga is the most effective way to improve your whole life.
But when you’re overwhelmed, can’t relax, and chronically stressed out you need a guide to help you make it simple so you can actually keep the promises you make to take better care of yourself and change your life.
Spending time with Stephannie reminds me of what grace, balance, and peace look like embodied in a person. —Ellen B
HERE’S HOW I DID IT.
I use to be stuck in a pattern of stressing and felt miserable inside.
To everyone else, I seemed to be just fine, but the truth was I felt overwhelmed, anxious, worried, exhausted, and was really struggling.
I tried many times to make positive changes, but nothing worked so I ignored and distracted myself for a decade as my sense of dread got worse and worse.
I failed out of college, struggled to keep a steady job, avoided my problems with anything that would distract or numb me, and was completely overwhelmed and miserable.
It was so bad that my stress and self-loathing initiated a body-focused repetitive behavior.
I pulled on my eyebrows and eyelashes. And eventually pulled them all out.
This was a low point for me. It was 1998. I was 26 years old.
I had no eyebrows or eyelashes yet whenever my mind was racing, I would find myself manically picking at my face.
I’ll never forget the day I saw, really saw myself in the bathroom mirror and knew I had a choice.
Stay stuck and miserable or take charge and change my life.
I was so done with feeling on edge, overwhelmed and insecure all the time.
I desperately wanted to be more clear-headed, calm and in control, and to believe in myself.
In that moment I resolved to do everything I could to stop this stress-fueled repetitive behavior.
Stephannie brings remarkable kindness and compassion to her work. —Ken H
A SIMPLE SHIFT CHANGES EVERYTHING.
After making this decision, when I caught myself pulling on eyebrows or eyelashes, that weren’t even there, I’d bend over and take a few deep breaths, and say to myself, “You can stop yourself. You don’t have to keep doing this. You can stop.”
And I’d feel better right away.
At first, for just a few minutes, but I knew I was onto something because the experience was so empowering—it showed me that I really could take charge of myself in a moment of struggling.
This practice obviously didn’t change everything right away, but over time things started to shift. This simple practice interrupted my stress response just long enough to help me recognize my ability to make a conscious decision to change my behavior.
This method initiated + fueled massive personal growth and I’m still using it 20 years later.
Even though my eyebrows and eyelashes started growing back, I kept forward bending when I felt stressed (sometimes pulling the car over and putting my head down on the steering wheel!), taking slow, deep breaths, and shifting my attention from struggling to what I actually wanted.
Little by little I stopped reacting to every challenge as if it was the end of the world and taking better care of myself became a priority.
I LEARNED 3 LIFE-ALTERING LESSONS.
I was gaining the benefits of yoga with one simple practice and started feeling more confident about my ability to change my life for the better.
And because I wanted to understand how what I was doing was changing me, I began studying spiritual philosophy, brain science, personal development, and psychology. I started attending a weekly yoga class at the YMCA, but my incredibly simple practice continued to be an essential part of my daily routine.
Here’s what I came to understand:
1. Your stress is resistance to the life lessons you’re meant to learn.
2. Showing up for these lessons and learning how to be your best self is your purpose in life.
3. Change isn’t complicated but the result of consistently making the simple choice to take charge of yourself.
How very fortunate I am to have met Stephannie. She is amazing, her calm and gentle manner immediately put me at ease. —Sue K
Years after I took charge of my life with yoga, I trained in Integrative Yoga Therapy to deepen my understanding of this transformative practice.
The International Association of Yoga Therapists defines yoga therapy as the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings and practices of yoga.
This is my ongoing life experience.
The more I learn about and integrate the teachings and practices of yoga into my life, the more I recognize my resistance to growth and choose to show up for the lessons my life needs to continue to evolve for the better.
But please know, this does not mean I spend hours on a yoga mat working on difficult postures!
It means I use my daily routines, like teeth brushing, showering, driving, cooking, cleaning, etc to be mindful.
It means when I am facing challenges with my kids, technology, a long to do list, a project, an inner demon, etc, I practice recognizing the opportunity to take charge of my behavior.
It means I’m continually working on being the type of person I want to be.
This is why I say yoga is the most effective way to change your whole life for the better.
NOW I’M ON A MISSION TO FACILITATE YOUR CHANGE.
In 2005, I began teaching group classes and working with individuals to help them use yoga to make positive changes in their lives and manage their stress.
Since then I’ve shared therapeutic yoga in yoga studios, hospitals, businesses, and my private yoga therapy practice with thousands of students.
These years of experience revealed that when you’re struggling with stress and, as a result, personal growth, a few simple teachings + therapeutic practices are truly transformational.
(Like they were for me and will be for you!)
Stephannie has truly found her gift in life and is willing to and eager to share that gift with everyone. —Roxanne W
YOU CAN CREATE THE LIFE YOU WANT.
LET'S CHAT ABOUT WHAT YOU'RE STRUGGLING WITH SO THAT I CAN HELP.
OFFICIAL BIO + CREDENTIALS
Stephannie Weikert is a Certified Yoga Therapist who helps smart, capable men + women manage stress with some of the most fundamental, yet little-known principles of yoga.
She’s been teaching therapeutic yoga for stress in studios, hospitals, businesses, and with her 1:1 clients since 2005. Now she’s on a mission to make meaningful personal growth doable and practical with her signature ‘Make Peace with Stress’ approach so more women can get unstuck from patterns of stressing and become more present, calm and confident—all without becoming a die-hard yogi.
When not mentoring women who struggle with stress, Stephannie can usually be found under a pile of books or working on writing her first book about how to take charge of your chaotic mind and focus on what’s really important to you.
Discover more about Stephannie and Make Peace with Stress at www.stephannieweikert.com.
2008 500-Hour Advanced Teacher Training
Charm City Yoga, Baltimore, MD—Kim Manfredi, E-RYT 500
2004 200-Hour Integrative Yoga Therapy Certification
Yama Studio, Baltimore, MD—Diane Finlayson, E-RYT 500
2014 Reiki I and II
Quiet Winds, Baltimore MD—Brianna Bedigian, RYT-500
2012 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Baltimore Yoga Village, Baltimore MD—Trish Magyari, MBSR Certified Teacher
2010 Thai Yoga Massage 1 and II
Lotus Palm School of Thai Yoga Massage, Montreal, CA—Shai Plonski, TYM Trainer
2008 YogaKids Tools for School Teacher Training
YogaKids, Philadelphia, PA—Nanci George, Certified YogaKids Trainer
2006 Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training
YogaWorks, New York, NY—Carrie Parker Gastelu, E-RYT 500
2006-Present Mercy Hospital, Baltimore, MD
2007-Present Charm City YogaWorks, Baltimore, MD
2010-2017 yogaspace, Baltimore, MD
2016-2018 Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
International Association of Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) Certified Yoga Therapist
Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) 500-hour Certification