Partner of the Month-Oct 2014
Stephanie Jesteadt is the proud owner of The Nest Yoga + Fitness Studio in Harrisonburg, VA, which offers everything from Yoga for Beginners and Kids to Chair Yoga, Gentle/Restorative Yoga, and Hot Power and Indo Board Yoga. Stephanie is enthusiastic about sharing yoga: “I’m a firm believer that yoga should be approachable and affordable for EVERY BODY and of any age. We recently opened up a new 3000 square foot studio that not only offers an array of yoga and fitness classes but also has a private massage room and full kitchen for nutritional workshops and consulting. We’re also excited to be offering teacher trainings through Yogafit and have several new and very talented instructors enrolling through the YogaFit program here in the community. And don’t get me started on the STUDENTS! Just seeing all these new faces walk through the studio doors recently, many of them hesitant to even “try it”, are now coming back and makes what we do OH SOOOO worth it. I’m truly blessed and thank YogaFit for making me the instructor I am today!!” Get to know Stephanie a little more by reading our interview with her below. If you are in the area stop bySome her studio in Virginia!
YF: How did you get into Yoga/YogaFit?
SJ: I started taking yoga in college, loved it and practiced on and off for years. I became a more “regular” student just before I found out was pregnant with my first child in 2004 and have continued to practice as regularly as possible ever since. 3 years later I was a stay-at-home mom with another on the way and my husband and I were talking about future “plans” after our 2nd would arrive. Off the cuff I mentioned that I’d love to teach yoga “some day.” The our little “thing 2” arrived, I started hitting the gym a few months later, and there was a sign at the front desk that said, “Interested In Becoming A Yoga Instructor?” Yoga Fit would soon be hosting Level I right there at our Wellness Center and I thought to myself “it’s a sign.” I registered and the rest is history. It took 4 years and even added a “thing 3” in the mix but I’m happy to say I finally received my 200 RYT!!
YF: What Yama/Niyama comes to mind first and how are you using it your life right now?
SJ: Santosha (contentment). I have found that I’m able to accept things more for what they are, even when they are difficult. As I’ve gotten older and learned more about myself on the spiritual side both in life and in yoga, I’ve found myself more able to let go of things that are out of my control and to find contentment in everything life throws at me. I try to find the good in the bad and to be content with ALL of it. It took losing my father several years ago for me to see things this way and practicing and teaching yoga only has enhanced that.
YF: What accomplishment are you most proud of?
SJ: It’s hard to name just one! My 3 kids, completing my 200 RYT while having 3 kids, and now owning my own Yoga Studio. I feel like the stars have just aligned in all the right ways. It’s been quite a ride!
YF: If you were going to write a book, what would you call it and what would it be about?
SJ: “It Is What It Is.” It would be about the roller coaster of life, friendships, raising kids, aging, beauty and our idea(s) of what beauty is and how we (in our society) find a way to compete and worry about EVERYTHING and that nobody’s perfect! And it would be FUNNY. I like to try and find a humorous spin on pretty much everything and anything I can in life. Keeps it real.
YF: What is your favorite benefit of YogaFit Partnership?
SJ: Hosting the trainings and bringing YogaFit’s principles and teaching philosophies to more instructors and students in our community. It’s about making Yoga approachable for EVERY BODY and it’s exciting and incredibly rewarding to be a part of it.
YF: If someone were to make a movie about your life, who would you hope would play you? SJ: Emma Stone. She’s the real deal. Down to earth, funny, edgy, unique, outspoken and has the same raspy voice!!
YF: What’s something most people don’t know about you?
SJ: I once owned and ran my own physician recruiting business from my home. It wasn’t for me though as I never got to meet these people face to face. I prefer to have a more personal connection with people and teaching yoga has provided that beyond words!!
YF: What is your favorite training to date and why?
SJ: Level 4. I was going through a difficult period at that time in my life and it (The Bhagavad Gita more than anything) opened my eyes to so many things. The trainer and the students were also amazing. And I nailed arm balances that I never thought I’d be able to do!!