Stepfanie Romine,

E-RYT 200,
RYT 500, YACEP

My Yoga Journey

I stumbled upon the practice of yoga in college, but it wasn’t until 2007, when I met my Ashtanga teacher, that I considered myself to be a yogi. Until I started a regular practice, I suffered from terrible anxiety. I was overworked and driven by my ego.

I was flexible but not strong. I couldn’t run a mile, and I didn’t want to. I hadn’t gone upside down since I was a kid. And I certainly couldn’t hold my own body weight up.

Then I stumbled upon the practice. I found strength both physically, to progress through the Ashtanga primary series, and mentally, to burn through the samskaras that were holding me back in life. I discovered that, in addition to death and taxes, something else in life is certain: yoga.

My Ashtanga practice is there for me, day after day, year after year. It evolves with me, and I grow through it. Each time I unroll my mat, I give myself over to the practice that has transformed me, and I offer thanks to those who are on the same journey.

My Teaching Philosophy 

For me, the Ashtanga yoga system serves as a mirror that reflects your true self. You can’t hide from yourself on the mat. The continuity of the practice allows students full awareness of their growth and evolution, physically and spiritually.

Expect my classes to be challenging with a focus on building an Ashtanga practice that is appropriate for your body and lifestyle.

Check out my classes at Yoga and Massage.

My specialties and interests include:

  • Ashtanga yoga
  • Rocket yoga
  • functional movement
  • yoga for back pain
  • trauma-informed yoga
  • yoga for healthy bones and joints
  • yoga for stress and anxiety

I have been teaching 2009, and I currently teach public classes in Hendersonville, NC. (I am also available for private instruction for individuals or groups.) Since 2007, my Ashtanga teacher has been Kim Nietch.  I completed my 200-hour training at Yoga Ah in Cincinnati, Ohio, and I studied at Asheville Yoga Center with teachers like Libby Hinsley, Michael Johnson and Janelle Railey for my 500-hour program.

In addition, I have completed trainings and workshops with teachers including David Swenson, Richard Freeman, Bo Forbes, Gary Kraftsow, David Keil and Greg Nardi.

December Yoga: Balancing Levity and Gravity

Last weekend I taught the yoga “buffet” class at the studio, which rotates among teachers each week. I led a fun and challenging vinyasa class that encouraged students to step outside of their comfort zones. With a flow inspired by one Peanut Butter Runner shared and some new-to-me dynamic warm-ups from Sage Rountree, the class […]

Giving Thanks

Today I’m sharing my Thanksgiving yoga practice with you. Here’s why: Thanksgiving doesn’t look the same as it once did for me. The year I became vegan I decided to reclaim the giving thanks aspect and leave behind the rest. In 2010, at age 29, I had just ended a long-term relationship, and, as a […]

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Transitions

Change is a constant in life. We can’t hold on any of it, good or bad. I’m on the cusp of some big (good) changes in life. After 3 1/2 years in Black Mountain, we’re moving closer to my office. My 90-minute to 2-hour commute will be 11 minutes each way. As such, it’s not […]

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On Vulnerability and Connection

Sirsasana in progress. I’ve spent nearly eight years letting the “king of asanas” reign over me. I avoided it, feared it, revered it and allowed it to make me feel less than. I couldn’t take headstand away from the wall; therefore: My practice was never good enough. My teaching wasn’t good enough. My status as a […]

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Opening Up

In March, I started going to Mysore-style yoga again. Three teachers offer assists during the week, which means that I’m being held accountable to someone other than myself for the first time since I moved here. I also am making progress in my physical practice, due to the sense of community and the help from […]

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Mysore Practice

Mysore-style Ashtanga practice began in Asheville a month ago. I’m thrilled to have a sangha (community) of fellow Ashtangis to practice with each morning, but it has been a challenge to get up an hour earlier, drive 25 minutes and really give my all on the mat. When you’re in the Mysore room, surrounded by the sound of […]

In Yoga, as in Life

Lessons from this morning’s practice: “You can’t skip the hard parts in life, so why do you think you can do it on the mat?” I found myself tempted to cherry pick my practice, but I stuck with it. This is a practice. It’s not always easy.

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