Stacey Fichter of Sage and Center: Yoga, Health and Healing with be joining Apoyo Lodge for the month of December as the second in-house yoga + meditation guide. Stacey will also be offering her healing services to guests as Reiki Master Teacher and Regressional Hypnotherapist.
Stacey is hosting two yoga retreats at the lodge in the new year. The first is a New Year New You Retreat for 7 nights from January 3rd - 10th and the second is the Open Mind Open Chakra Retreat, co-hosted with Marissa Tisdale for 7 nights from January 11th - 18th. Limited space is available for both retreats. Reach out to Apoyo Lodge for complete details and to book now.
1. Can you remember the first yoga class you ever took? If so, describe the experience.
Since welcoming yin into my life I have been able to surrender into my classes but to be honest I can't remember my first class or the first time I did yoga. Every teacher [and] every class I experience, I take away a lesson whether it be releasing my judgments and inner critic because I couldn't connect or completely melting, having my AH moment.
2. What made you want to pursue the practice of teaching yoga to others?
Once I began to incorporate the teachings of the 8 Limbs of Yoga into my practice and my daily life, I started healing my mind, physical body and finding a connection with my spiritual self. I am able to teach to others the importance of living with your nature and how to establish your true self. Yoga gives me the platform to guide others deeper into the higher self, heightening their emotional intelligence, inviting them to perceive life differently and practicing present moment acceptance.
3. What did you learn/take away from your first teacher training?
[I learned] that all challenges I may have deemed as stressful or negative [in the] past, present and future are all lessons [and a part] of my journey. Through expressing unconditional love, present moment acceptance and gratitude, I attracted more sweetness and joy into my life. What we put out energetically in the world will come back to balance. [It] truly brought me back to the most blissful, simplistic state and taught me how to love all experiences without judgment [but] with compassion.
4. What motivates you and inspires your teaching practice?
I am inspired daily and love the idea that in yoga, all the strength you need, you find within yourself. All the flexibility and space you create in each posture is also found within yourself. The more you open your heart (literally and figuratively), the more open you are to receiving and giving love and energy to those around you. To reap the benefits from living yoga within my own life propels me to be a student forever as well as an example for my students, motivating my teaching practice.
5. Describe your teaching style. What is your favorite style(s) to practice?
My teaching style is raw, creative and intuitive. I began to lead classes and guide from the heart. This is the same approach I take to my own practice. I unroll my mat, close my eyes and become an interior researcher, taking inventory of where in mind, body, spirit needs healing and create a class themed around what is present in that moment. My favorite style to practice would be a creative vinyasa flow or a warm juicy yin.
6. If you play music during your classes, what is your favorite song to play currently?
During yin I love being surrounded by the instrumentals by Garth Stevenson or the sultry sounds of Xavier Rudd and Trevor Hall.
7. Are there any other trainings or courses you're passionate about pursuing in the future?
Course/training interests of mine are yin yoga, acro yoga, sup yoga, silk yoga, Thai massage, reflexology, spiritual psychology, body talk, quantum touch, shamanism, Ayurveda and life coach just to name a few.
8. List your 10 "must dos" on your Bucket list.
1. Ride an elephant through the jungle, not one held against its will. This elephant will want me up there!
2. Learn at least two different languages other than my own.
3. Write and publish at least 2 books.
4. Release all attachments to people and objects.
5. Become a mother.
6. Visit as many countries as possible.
7. Release my karma by constantly following my dharma, putting the divine before desires.
8. Fall in love even if it ends. I wouldn't be speaking my truth if I played tough girl. As comfortable as I am embarking on my journey alone, finding much growth and trusting that what is best for me and everyone involved will be provided for. I do hold a desire to experience a deep intimate love. Heal my twin flame.
10. Live every day in a state of joy. I want to change the world and make a difference. I have learned that within doing what brings me joy energetically, I am.
9. Where do you envision yourself in five years?
In five years, I could envision myself with my own land to live off in the most natural, organic way, surrounded by many like-minded souls, finding a deeper connection and development with self, possibly in a loving relationship that challenges me to grow, celebrating the release of my first, maybe second, published book and dance partying with all my loved ones.
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