Stephanie LewisCo-Owner: RYT 500, ERYT 200

    I began practicing yoga in 2005, and although at that time I didn’t realize all of the amazing benefits of a consistent practice, I did immediately fall in love with the way I felt after a class. After awhile I started to see that just by spending a little bit of time on my mat, I was healing not only externally, but more importantly, internally. I began practicing Bikram Yoga in 2007 after moving to Chicago as a way to combat the cold Chicago winters in a heated yoga room, and also to continue practicing yoga in a different way. It took me some time to get used to the heat, but after I did, I was addicted. Anytime friends or family came to visit me the first thing I would schedule was our hot yoga class! I moved back to Springfield in early 2009 and was thrilled to find Sumits Hot Yoga. I was even more excited at the opportunity to teach Sumits Yoga to others, and I completed my teacher training in Phoenix, Arizona, with Sumit Banerjee in the summer of 2009. In addition to my Sumits Yoga training, I have also completed numerous trainings and workshops with some awesome teachers including Baron Baptiste, Seane Corn, Kathryn Budig, and Dice & Briohny Iida-Klein. I hope my students feel the same peace and fulfillment that I do at the end of each class, and look forward to passing my passion for yoga on to others. I have to give a big shout out to Nikki Adkins and Sumit Banerjee for being amazing. And finally, thank you to my parents and my husband for supporting me every step of the way, and for becoming some pretty amazing yoga students, too!

    Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.

    ~ B.K.S. Iyengar

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