I have some information about me to the left of the site and some of this mat be repeated, but I wanted to explain further.
Step Onto My Mat is the Yogikickboxer’s attempt to bring the gifts that yoga brought her to others in a comfortable, convenient, accessible, and affordable way. My name is Stephanie, but I like to be called Stephie because I feel like it better represents the cute, lovey nature of who I am. In 2009, I needed a change in my life. I was getting out of an abusive relationship and I was really feeling like a terrible person; I hated life, I hated myself, and I did not have a positive outlook on my fellow human beings. I began to work out at the gym and taking kickboxing at Martial Arts World. At the gym I decided to take yoga classes. I hated yoga at first. I thought I was not “good” at it, it made me sweat a lot, and at times nauseous, but I saw that as a challenge and kept going back. Overtime my practice changed, I got better, I understood the practice better, and I began to change. Yoga started to become more than some physical poses that I did at the gym, it became a way of thinking, a way of feeling, a way of experiencing things, a way of responding to things, it was a way to find out who I am on the inside…my true self. Yoga is my way of life. It is love, compassion, positivity, honor, respect, patience, and connecting my mind and thoughts with my breath and body. The physical changes that it made to my body became less important, but still an added bonus. I have met some of the most amazing, open-minded, loving, accepting people through yoga. I truly believe that yoga has a lot to teach others and I see myself as the tool to carry these lessons on. I want to make these lessons available to whoever wants, needs, or is drawn to them.
Another problem I have faced with yoga is money. Lets all be real. Today the real truth is that times are tough for the average American and money is tight. I want to make the gifts of yoga accessible to everyone. It is still a struggle for me because unless you are tied down to a gym membership, yoga is expensive. I like the class and studio setting. I like practicing with others, I like the energy you feel from others. I don’t always want to practice at home. It is a very different practice at home, at the gym, and in a studio. We should all be afforded these chances to practice and share yoga.
I really admire the old school way of running businesses and doing favors for people. I like the old Ma and Pa business and tend to lean more of that school of thought. I will work with you and do the best for you that I can to make your experience the best that I can make it and if I am not the right fit for you then I will certainly send you in the direction of the best person I know what can provide that for you.
Little story for you…Just the other day I went to a family friends salon for a hair cut. I had a gift card. After an hour there and a wash, trim, blow dry, flat iron, and some eye brow work I had spent $33 outside of the $50 gift card. Remember what I said earlier that money is a problem. I had no idea that getting a trim and eye brow wax cost $88. I thought surely a $50 gift card would almost be enough. I had been to this lady before and knew that she was pricey, but not this much. She does not have prices posted at her salon and I had no idea that a cut was $50 and a flat iron was $10. I did know the price of the eye brow stuff. I left feeling scammed. How is one to know what they are getting into? Is this what we do to people now-a days? Charge and arm and a leg? I resigned myself to the fact that what was done was done and unfortunately I can no longer afford her services. More importantly it reminded me that I want to be able to work with people. I don’t want to be scammed myself, but I want to work with people and I want my services to be perfectly clear, so that people leave remembering the yoga and the experience they had in their practice and not the price they paid for it.
This is who the Yogikickboxer is and the Step Onto My Mat mission. Yoga with the Yogikickboxer and Step Onto My Mat can be physical, spiritual, and/or educational. I will make it to fit you and your individual needs. I look forward to sharing the gifts of yoga with you.