Steph Rio

stephriowebsitebioSteph began practicing Yoga in 1999 when working at a gym in high school. Yoga quickly became a magical source of respite for Steph, who continued her practice throughout college and into adulthood. Steph believes that by moving through physical asana and connecting the breath to movement, the mind begins to calm. Yoga provides Steph with a deep sense of self and allows her to remain grounded, aware, and connected to herself and to others.

In 2009, Steph received her Kids Yoga Teacher Training certification from Yogawood in New Jersey. Steph taught a variety of Kids Series and Family Yoga, which allowed her to apply playfulness into her teaching and her own individual practice. In 2011, Steph eagerly began her Teacher Training journey under the enlightened guidance of Corina Benner through Wake Up Yoga’s 250-hour Comprehensive Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training. This experience deeply transformed Steph’s relationship to Yoga. Steph found that she was finally able to put words to the mental, spiritual and physical benefits of Yoga that she had been experiencing for many years before.

Steph works to infuse authenticity, compassion, humor and playfulness into her teaching. She believes that it is important for students to practice one of her beloved teachers, Adriene Mishler’s favorite mantras to “Find What Feels Good” both on and off the mat. Steph believes that Yoga allows everyone to tap into their endless potential and inner peace and looks forward to guiding students on this path.