ONE DECISION CAN CHANGE EVERYTHING
YOU'RE A SMART AND CAPABLE PERSON WHO MANAGES A LOT. AT HOME. AT WORK. AND IN LIFE.
You’ve always been a responsible doer, and from the outside, it seems like you’re pretty good at handling it all. But inside, you’re anxious, overwhelmed and full of self-doubt
The truth is, you think you’re not doing enough, not accomplishing enough, and worry that you’re not good enough. You feel disappointed and dissatisfied a lot and sometimes it feels like you’re running on empty and barely keeping it together.
I know that’s an isolating feeling. And if you get nothing else from being here at this moment, please know: you are not alone.
IF WE HAVEN'T MET YET, I'M STEPHANNIE WEIKERT.
I'm a Certified Yoga Therapist and creator of Make Peace with Stress, Shift Happens, and Reset & Restore. I’m a loving mentor who will teach you how to use your inner challenges as catalysts for growth with the time-tested wisdom of yoga.
If you're struggling with stress and self-doubt, I know how you feel my friend and I can help. Here's the story about how I got here and why I do this good work.
Thanks for the opportunity to share it with you. ❤️
Stephannie and her methods are kind, compassionate, and effective.
Make Peace with Stress has helped me tremendously on my journey to become a stronger, happier me.
Stephannie has been more helpful and insightful than other therapists I have had.
Make Peace with Stress has helped me so much.
THERE WAS A TIME WHEN STRESS AND SHAME CONSUMED MY LIFE.
I had many coping mechanisms, most of them incredibly unhealthy and destructive, but there was one that I want to share with you right now: I pulled on my eyebrows and eyelashes. And eventually pulled them all out.
One day I saw—really saw—myself in the bathroom mirror. I saw someone who desperately wanted to feel better, to stop feeling on edge, overwhelmed, and insecure all the time.
At that moment, something inside me knew I had a decision to make. And a flash of insight allowed me to see that the choice was simple: stay stuck and unhappy or take charge and change my life.
Seeing my own despondent face with no eyebrows or eyelashes was a low point, but something inside of me knew I could be a more balanced, calm, and confident version of myself.
THEN A SIMPLE CHOICE LED TO A BIG BREAKTHROUGH.
I resolved to do everything I could to take charge of this one stress-fueled behavior so, when I caught myself feeling for eyebrows and eyelashes that weren't even there, I’d bend over and take a few deep breaths, and say to myself, you can stop. And I felt better right away!
At first, I only felt better for a few minutes at a time, but the experience showed me that it was possible to take charge of myself in a moment of distress and shift how I felt inside.
During the next year, I kept forward bending when I felt anxious or overwhelmed. I’d breathe slowly and focus my attention on what I actually wanted to feel in that moment.
My eyebrows and eyelashes slowly started to grow back. But more importantly, this simple practice of pausing to looking within, slowing myself down with my breath, and managing my thoughts was becoming a force for small, but potent shifts that were making a big difference in my life.
Then I found yoga. I discovered that my forward bending, slow breathing, and focusing my attention, was part of this ancient, healing system. So I started practicing and studying it.
In 2004, I became a Certified Yoga Therapist and for the next decade taught yoga therapy for stress in yoga studios, hospitals, businesses, and to students 1:1 in my private studio.
DURING THIS TIME ONE THING WAS CONFIRMED OVER AND OVER.
The insights and practices that changed my life are a simple but potent method to facilitate massive and continual personal growth.
So in 2014, I created Make Peace with Stress with a mission to teach this method to as many people as possible as my way of making a positive difference in the world. I’ve been honored to guide and support some amazing people like you through the program.
If you’re ready to stop struggling, to take charge of your life so that you can start being the balanced, calm, and confident person you are meant to be, I personally guarantee that Make Peace with Stress will be a catalyst for your transformation.LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MAKE PEACE WITH STRESS PROGRAM
THIS METHOD HAS FUELED MASSIVE PERSONAL GROWTH IN MY LIFE FOR 20+ YEARS.
THE MAKE PEACE WITH STRESS METHOD
If you learn to embrace your body’s built-in stress response as supportive, you can feel more calm and confident in your life instead of feeling overwhelmed and stuck.
I hope you’re thinking, ok, yes, I’m ready. What do I do?
- Notice when you’re feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, stressed, or are struggling inside. [This is a simple way to practice the yogic tool of self-study, or in Sanskrit, Svadhyaya.]
- Open to the opportunity to practice making peace with stress by taking one slow breath. [Surrender, or Ishvarhapranidhana, is the yogic practice of ending resistance.]
- Welcome your stress by repeating to yourself, “This is happening for me.” [The yogic tool of intention, or Sankalpa, teaches that our focus determines our experience.]
Use the acronym NOW to remember the 3-steps: notice, open, welcome. Keep it simple, but do it because you have to practice changing your mind about stress when you’re experiencing it. The opportunity to make peace with stress is always N.O.W. ❤️
I'LL NEVER FORGET THE DAY I SAW—REALLY SAW—MYSELF IN THE BATHROOM MIRROR.
I was standing in the partially gutted bathroom of the bungalow I’d purchased in a neglected but hopefully up and coming neighborhood. I looked around and wondered what the hell I’d gotten myself into. Then I looked in the mirror.
The eyes staring back at me were so disconnected and shockingly—even though I’d done it all myself—my eyelashes and eyebrows were gone. I had pulled every last hair out…
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