Rebecca Stephans

Who I am:
Dedicated to practices that illuminate and relieve patterns of suffering and support living with authentic joy and harmony.

What I teach:
Mindful yoga practices, partner yoga, seated yoga, mudra meditation, and communication skills that help to cultivate connection, curiosity, and compassion.

My current classes (and workshops) include:
Yoga & LIfe, all levels yoga classes in Portland and on Peaks Island, Seated Yoga classes, Mindful strength training on Peaks Island, and communication coaching and Non-Violent Communication practice groups in Portland. My classes are welcoming, accessible, and spiritual. I teach yoga as a lifestyle that supports physical, emotional, mental and spiritual fitness. We connect as a community in each class to maximize the benefit of practicing yoga in a group.

What brought me to yoga:
My mother introduced me to her yoga teacher about 30 years ago. I took a break from yoga for two years of Martial Arts training. After participating in my first Kripalu Yoga class, I walked out knowing that I would teach some day. I’m just beginning my 25th year of teaching yoga.

Favorite pose (and why):
Whichever pose I am practicing is my favorite in that moment!

Off the mat:
I ride my bicycle long distances for joy, for mental health, and to explore and care for the planet.

Certifications, Trainings & Degrees:
I have been studying constantly since I left my corporate job in 1983 and dove into fitness, care of the earth, and healing arts practices. Here is a small part of my studies.

  • The Great Round – Mandala as Spiritual Practice (2015-Present)
  • Mediate Your Life Intensive; Conflict Navigation (2013)
  • Mediation Certification, University of Southern Maine (2013)
  • Non-Violent Communication (2012-Present)
  • Partner Yoga Teacher Training with Ken Scott and Kamini Desai (2002)
  • Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training (1994)
  • Advanced Massage Therapy Training, Body Therapy Institute (1991)
  • Massage Therapy Training, Portland School of Massage (1987)
  • B.S. Forestry with highest honors, University of Maine, Orono (1981)