FORGET EVERYTHING YOU THINK YOU KNOW ABOUT STRESS.

Stress is bad for your physical and mental health. It doesn’t have to be.

Life is stressful and you have to learn to manage it. Along with everything else on your to-do list.

Reducing stressors is the key to being less stressed. Nope, that’s not going to happen.

There’s a better way—Make Peace with Stress.

Make Peace with Stress is a philosophy, process, and yoga therapy program for smart, capable, and stressed-out men and women who are ready to stop struggling and start being more present, calm, and confident every single day so that they can reach their potential.

philosophy

Stress is not something to manage, it’s a force for action that exists to help you thrive. It’s a message from a deeper part of you that’s trying to correct what’s not in alignment with what you want for your life. When you Make Peace with Stress it becomes an impetus for positive change.

PROCESS

Using 3 tools from yoga philosophy made practical—self study + surrender + intention—the Make Peace with Stress process transforms every challenge into a catalyst for growth. Self study is noticing your experience. Surrender opens you to life’s lessons. Intentions welcome what you want.

pROGRAM

This program is the culmination of my journey and more than a decade of working as a yoga therapist and seeing so clearly that a few simple insights + practices from yoga’s time-tested wisdom are transformative. This group coaching program is one year and guaranteed to change your life.

IF WE HAVEN’T OFFICIALLY MET, I’M STEPHANNIE. 

YOU’RE STRUGGLING AND YOU FEEL STUCK. I SEE YOU. I COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND.

There was a time in my life that my stress and shame was so bad it initiated a body-focused repetitive behavior.

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 knew I had a choice to make: stay stuck and miserable or take charge and change my life.

I WANTED TO STOP FEELING ON EDGE, OVERWHELMED AND INSECURE ALL THE TIME. 

I desperately wanted to feel better—I wanted to be more clear-headed, calm and to believe in myself.   

That day, seeing my own despondent face was a low point for me. I had no eyebrows or eyelashes yet whenever my mind was racing, I would find myself frantically picking at the places my eyebrows and eyelashes were suppose to be.

That day, after more than a decade of shoving my feelings down, because I didn’t have the coping skills to manage the normal highs and lows of life, I made a simple, but profound choice.

I RESOLVED TO DO EVERYTHING I COULD TO TAKE CHARGE OF THIS ONE STRESS-FUELED BEHAVIOR.

After making this decision, when I caught myself pulling on eyebrows or eyelashes, that weren’t even there, I’d bend over and take a few deep breaths, and say to myself, “You can stop yourself. You don’t have to keep doing this. You can stop.”

And I felt better right away. 

At first, I only felt better for a few minutes, but I knew I was onto something.

THIS EXPERIENCE SHOWED ME THAT I REALLY COULD CHANGE A MOMENT OF STRUGGLING INTO AN OPPORTUNITY FOR GROWTH.

This empowering revelation didn’t change everything right away, obviously, but during the next year, I kept forward bending when I felt stressed, overwhelmed, frustrated, taking slow, deep breaths, and focusing my attention what I actually wanted for myself in that moment.

Even though my eyebrows and eyelashes started growing back, I kept forward bending when I felt stressed (sometimes pulling the car over and putting my head down on the steering wheel!), taking slow, deep breaths, and shifting my attention from struggling to what I actually wanted. 

This process initiated + fueled massive personal growth and I’m still using it 20 years later.

AND THEN I LEARNED THAT WHAT I WAS DOING WAS YOGA.

Not long after I took charge of myself and stopped pulling out my eyebrows and eyelashes I discovered yoga.

And I was astonished to discover my experience of forward bending, slowing my breath, and focusing my attention, was straight from this ancient, healing system.

So in 2004, I became a Certified Yoga Therapist and for the next decade taught yoga therapy for stress in yoga studios, hospitals (Johns Hopkins, Mercy Medical Center, Georgetown University Hospital, Mt Washington Pediatric, and Bon Secours), organizations (Catholic Charities, FastForward, Anne Arundel County, Chase Brexton), and to many clients 1:1 in my private studio, yogaspace.

During this time one thing was confirmed over and over:

THE INSIGHTS + PRACTICES THAT CHANGED MY LIFE ARE A SIMPLE AND HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PROCESS FOR MASSIVE PERSONAL GROWTH.

So in 2014, I created Make Peace with Stress and I’ve been honored to guide and support some amazing people like you through this program.

My mission is to make meaningful personal growth doable and practical, and I’m so confident and incredibly proud to say:

If you’re struggling and ready to take charge of your life so that you can be the present, calm + confident person you are meant to be, I guarantee Make Peace with Stress will be a catalyst for your transformation.

THE MAKE PEACE WITH STRESS NO RISK GUARANTEE

100% of Make Peace with Stress students experience personal growth that makes a big difference in their lives 

Your personal growth is the most important thing to me and I’m confident you’ll get that from this program if you give 100%, guaranteed.

You’ve got nothing to lose but overwhelm, anxiety, worry, exhaustion, and struggling, I promise.

IT’S SURPRISINGLY SIMPLE TO MAKE PEACE WITH STRESS.

The Make Peace with Stress process is 3 specific tools from yoga philosophy made simple and practical:

self study + surrender + intention

This process transforms every challenge into a catalyst for growth—remember the acronym N.O.W.

  • The N is NOTICE. Self study is noticing your experience.
  • The O is OPEN. Surrender opens you to life’s lessons.
  • The W is WELCOME. Intentions welcome what you want.

Learn to apply the Make Peace with Stress process to symptoms of chronic stress you might be struggling with right NOW.

WHEN YOU KNOW HOW TO MAKE PEACE WITH STRESS YOU CAN GO FROM:

++ Overwhelmed to focused on what’s important to you.

++ Anxious to calm and feeling in control.

++ Worried to confident and at peace with things.

++ Exhausted to optimistic about your future. 

++ Struggling to experiencing meaningful positive changes.

YOU’RE ONE SIMPLE CHOICE FROM CHANGING YOUR WHOLE LIFE—AND THE WORLD—FOR THE BETTER.

I’m partnered with One Tree Planted, a non-profit organization focused on global reforestation to plant trees with 5% of all proceeds. 

Trees help clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink and provide habitat to over 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity.

They also provide jobs to over 1.6 billion people, absorb harmful carbon from the atmosphere, and are key ingredients in 25% of all medicines.

Trees have deep roots, strong trunks, and broad branches. Trees dance with the wind and breathe for the whole world.

In the physical practice of yoga, tree pose (vrksasana) is a balancing posture, for the body and mind.

Being grounded, connected to your roots, able to turn over a new leaf, and willing to continue to grow in all directions, helps us weather the storms of life—as strong and steady trees so often do. 

You’re one simple choice for changing your whole life—and the world—for the better.

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