I had completed a variety of training courses in different areas of yoga and tried out different aspects for years when I eventually found what I had sought for so long this was Yin Yoga teacher training by Paul and Suzee Grilley.
Stefanie Arend with Paul and Suzee Grilley
This approach to yoga gave me a sense of deep inner peace and a feeling of arriving. Indeed I continue regularly with training, but beyond my own yoga and meditation practice what was really formative were my own personal experiences of everyday encounters with yoga in my life. For many years I had my own yoga studio, where I gave thousands of yoga courses and amassed a great deal of teaching experience. Training those who are interested in Yin Yoga brings me much joy. As a nutritionist, I work holistically and integrate my own approaches into my consultations, depending on what the individual requires. I gave up my yoga studio in 2015 due to relocation, and since then I have been focusing even more on Yin Yoga teacher trainings.
I am the author of various yoga books and DVDs. My first book, “Yin Yoga – The Gentle Way to Inner Balance”, was selected by “Yogaguide” as the “Best Yoga Book of the Year” in 2011. The positive resonance from my first work touched me deeply and gave me an important sign that I am on the right path.
Stefanie Arend and fascia researcher Robert Schleip
Your own body is your most important yoga teacher” (from “Yin Yoga – The Gentle Way to Inner Balance”). This sentence from my book describes my teaching style very well. I am happy to support people to get to know themselves better, understand the language of their own body, and find access to their inner self. Therefore, I do not offer yoga that is the same for everyone. Instead, I respect the uniqueness and the needs of each individual person.
People who know me say that I live yoga, and they are talking about my authentic and non-dogmatic teaching as well as an appreciation of my inner peace. I feel that passing on yoga as well as continuing to learn this wonderful tradition is a great fulfillment in my life, and I am very grateful my path has led me here.
My approach is holistic and I bring together different methods to find precisely what each individual person needs. It is therefore important to me to pass on only those things I have experienced myself and not learned just in theory.