I know, I KNOW, my husband wrote an extremely popular blog post recently on why he has never played music in his nearly 20 years of teaching yoga. And yes, it’s been one of our most popular posts to date with more than 3,000 shares.
So, I guess this makes me the family contrarian: I like going to classes with music. And not all classes with music are loud or distracting or counterproductive to introspection. On this episode I decided to talk to Stephanie Snyder, someone I think of as the queen of the playlist. She offers her intention behind including music in class, her thoughts on the tradition of sound in yoga, plus she was kind enough to share some of the mistakes she’s made over the years.
BONUS: One of Steph’s favorite bands, Young Moon, create the soundtrack for this episode.
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After interviewing many traveling yoga teachers, I wanted to talk to a teacher who has focused on building a successful career serving her local community. Enter vinyasa yoga teacher Stephanie Snyder.
Although Steph (@stephsnyderyoga) has spent her fair share of time on the road teaching, she also has one of the most devoted community of students in San Francisco that I’ve witnessed. And now, after years of surviving studio changes and closures, she’s opening a studio of her own in San Francisco, called LoveStory. I have no doubt that her local students will rally around to make it a huge success. (Full disclosure: Jason will be teaching there, too. For details and 2017 teacher training dates, go to the LoveStory web site.)
We talked about why it’s important for teachers to “think local,” as well as:
* How she incorporates philosophy into vinyasa flow classes (she is exceptionally gifted at this)
* Where she derives inspiration for the philosophical themes of her classes (scroll down for her favorite texts and translations)
* What her daily practice involves
* How motherhood has changed her yoga practice
* How yoga fortifies her through the challenges of motherhood
* The story behind LoveStory
“Yoga has been the greatest love story of my life and I believe it can be that for everyone.”
— Stephanie Snyder
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