Steffi’s strong, yet playful teaching style and explorations into movement and breath coupled with a good sense of humour is appreciated by beginners as well as students who are in for a challenge or two.
Her classes are inspired by many teachers and types of yoga and by her background in dance. Over the many years of teaching dance as well as teaching in an academic setting, Steffi has become very adapt at sensing the energy in the room and to flow with it. She also knows that as we flow through life we find ourselves sometimes in very habitual patterns. And this happens in our yoga practice as well. We get very rigid and set in our ways. In her classes Steffi invites her students to embrace the change from the way they might have practiced yoga and to allow for dynamic ease.
The Joy of Movement has always been in the centre of Steffi’s practice. She has practiced yoga since 2006 and the Ashtanga style was a perfect fit back then. Over the years Steffi has come to appreciate many more styles such as Vinyasa/Hatha Flow, Hatha, Hot, Power, Yin, and Kundalini. Yoga, dance, meditation and breath work have helped her to work through back injuries from two accidents as well as academic burn-out.
Steffi was instrumental in bringing Nia to Ottawa – an integrative movement concept that combines the essences of various dance arts, martial arts, yoga and healing arts. She is the founder of SoulMoves, a platform inspired by authentic and creative movement inquiries of the individual and in dance relationships (SoulMotion), Nia’s 5 Stages of Healing and contemplative moments in stillness and movement. SoulMoves Yoga integrates elements and movements of dance which are in harmony with the architecture and anatomy of the body. Steffi has also completed a Moving To Heal Training and is currently training in Dance for PD to bring movement, music and magic to people living with e.g. Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer, lymphedema, cancer, trauma recovery, or healing post-injury.
Steffi completed a 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Certification at PranaShanti with Laurie Howe and Joe Barnett. She is grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from many renowned teachers including Seane Corne, Shiva Rea, Sadie Nardini and Eoin Finn. She has been teaching yoga and Nia in Canada and Germany.