TUESDAY TEACHER TALK: Stephanie
This week we sat down with Stephanie Gannon for our weekly Tuesday Teacher Talk to get her take on yoga, teaching and life.
When did you start working for Yoga 4 Change?
What inspired to become a yoga teacher?
What inspired me to become a yoga teacher was because I want to help others achieve this amazing feeling of being balanced within their bodies and applying it to other areas of their lives.
Share with us a funny, sad, interesting, or memorable story about your teaching?
The funniest story I have had while teaching is when I had shared a story about a silly argument my boyfriend and I had one morning over him putting coconut oil into my smoothie. We all laughed because hearing this is what had caused a couple to argue is just ridiculous and not anything for a couple to get upset about. We all laughed because we have all been there ad realized there are many more things in life that should cause an argument than a little coconut oil.
What is your favorite drink?
My favorite drink is water.
Can you name one thing Yoga has helped you get through?
Lack of self-belief.
What’s your favorite yoga pose and why?
Tree is my favorite pose because of the grounding feeling it creates when I root my foot into earth, push the soul of my one foot into my grounded leg while hugging my grounded leg into the soul of my foot that is pushing into that leg, all while using my core and controlling my breathing to generate stability and balance within my body. I especially love this pose when I close my eyes to check out so I can check in with myself.
Cat or Cow?
How can yoga help people change their lives?
Yoga helps people connect their breath with their body to tap into their mind on a deeper level. Yoga also helps people connect with others to become a part of a community. It will also provide them strength in all areas of their life, not just the physical part of their body because yoga and yoga teachers provide the necessary tools to help guide us through life.
Why should people support Yoga 4 Change?
Others should support Yoga 4 Change because it is a great organization comprised of highly motivated individuals who want to teach you to learn how yoga can work for you! The teachers and others who work for this non-profit believe in each other and all who they work with while leading change to help provide everyone a chance to become their best self.
Stephanie Gannon, 35, is a Conference Event Producer & Director, Leadership Development Program at Fortegra in Jacksonville, FL.
Stephanie has been with Fortegra since April 2011 since moving from New York, NY, upon leaving Piper Jaffray & Co., the investment bank that had managed the Initial Public Offering taking Fortegra Financial public. Prior to becoming a Conference Event Producer, Stephanie served as the Director of the Board and Executive Office from April 2011 to December 2014. She handled all Investor Relations matters and worked closely with the Board of Directors. In addition, she managed the Leadership Development Program since joining the company. Prior to Piper Jaffray, Stephanie worked at Merrill Lynch and Houlihan Lokey from 2004 – 2007. Stephanie graduated from West Virginia University with a B.S. in Marketing and B.A. in Foreign Languages. She also studied abroad at the Universidad de Sevilla, in Sevilla, Spain. Stephanie is a RYT 200 Certified Yoga instructor, and has been with Yoga 4 Change serving as a volunteer teacher at KIPP Impact Middle School since December 2014. She also has been an instructor at Dragon Dance Yoga studio in Jacksonville, FL since May 2014. Stephanie is currently in school to become a Certified Health and Wellness Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.