Stefani Wilton BA, RMT, C-IAYT, CYA-YT, E-RYT500, YACEP
Yoga Therapist * Registered Massage Therapist * Somatic Therapist
Founder of Embodiment Yoga™ & the Mandorla Yoga Institute

Stefani Wilton is an IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist, Registered Massage Therapist and Somatic Therapist based out of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The founder and creator of Embodiment Yoga Therapy™, Stefani draws from her personal experience with trauma and her 21 years of teaching with her signature trauma respectful approach to embodiment. Passionate about inspiring and supporting others in reclamation, transformation and resilience, Stefani offers Embodiment Yoga Therapy™ and Somatic Thai Yoga Massage workshops, retreats and teacher/therapist training at the 150, 200, 500 and 1,000-hour levels.


Stefani's private practice focuses on trauma recovery and relief from anxiety, depression, chronic pain and stress; she has a special place in her heart for neurodivergent individuals. Private sessions with Stefani are rooted in Somatic Therapy and include the knowledge of her other areas of expertise: Mindfulness Based Somatic Therapist™ (level 2), Registered Massage Therapist 2,200-hours, Senior Yoga Teacher E-RYT500, Certified Yoga Therapist and Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner.

Stefani attended her first yoga teacher training in 2001 and has been committed to continually learning and growing in her personal practice ever since. Interested in the feminine side of yoga, Stefani's heart for facilitating ease and finding flow has inspired her to study meditation, philosophy, Adaptive Yoga, Anusara, Vinyasa Flow (Viniyoga inspired), Yoga Therapy and Thai Massage. She is grateful to her teachers Jack Kornfield, Robin Rothenburg, Karen Claffey, Michelle Cormack, Lucile Palencher and Remco. 

Stefani facilitates trainings Internationally and in the Rocky Mountains. 



What do I do? I am a curator of beautiful people. I bring incredible humans together and facilitate questions, experiences and connection. I lead with vulnerability and honesty from a place of fierce love. I help people lean in through the power of movement and touch and I guide people back into their bodies. I help humans reclaim a piece of themselves that was lost and give them space to be heard and held. I advocate for those of you who have experienced trauma and work as an adjunct therapist to mental health professionals.

I work with people who want to establish a better connection with themselves and their body and support you in establishing a foundation of ease that carries forward into all areas of your life. I create communities where people come home to themselves and deeper relationship and connection with others.

When you trust me to support you, I do so as your friend and champion, because I believe that you can move beyond where you currently find yourself. I hold this picture for you while we work together and advocate for your best story. 

I have traveled as far as Thailand to find the modalities that made my heart sing. I integrate Massage Therapy (RMT 2200hrs), Somatic Therapy, Thai Yoga Massage, and Embodiment Yoga Therapy™ into my sessions. I hold a special place in my heart for neurodivergent individuals and endeavor to create a safe space for you, where you feel welcome and honored for your strengths.

My own journey has led me to chase after the feminine expression of yoga. How to soften. How to allow. How to flow. How to be a presence of ease. Mandorla was born from this in 2007 when I opened a small yoga studio in Southern Ontario. Yoga teacher training was a natural evolution as more students asked to study with me on a deeper and more personal level. 

Over the years, the yoga trainings I have shared have always been an expression of my personal practice, an intimate sharing of what was coming up for me and my students and what was in my heart. After the birth of my daughter in 2016, it became very clear that what it was that I was sharing was Embodiment Yoga™ . . . the pathway home, a practice of reclamation of your body, your voice, your story and your path. I continue to follow this thread of Embodiment and continue to study Mindfulness Based Somatic Therapy™ with my teacher, Ratha Chek.  

I have been a student of yoga for 23 humble years now and have been teaching for 21 of those years.

I hope that in my every action that I honour the teachers who have supported me over the years. Michiji (Michelle Cormack) for supporting me in finding my joy and beginning the process of tapping into my body, Karen Heaven for opening the doors of Tantra for me and helping me to discover playfulness and ease, Robin Rothenburg for introducing me to Viniyoga and the deeper wisdom of yoga philosophy. 



The Mandorla is an ancient symbol, known as the vesica piscis or vessel of the fish. Formed when two sacred circles overlap, it is the almond shaped space between that represents the perfect communion of two opposite energies . . . male/female, matter/spirit, self/other. Hence, the Italian word, 'Mandorla' meaning almond. In Hinduism, the Mandorla represents the feminine yoni, the symbol of Shakti and is the gateway to fulfilling one's spiritual path. 

Mandorla is the space of resiliency where we find healing, reclamation and transformation.

"The Mandorla begins the healing of the split. The overlap generally is very tiny at first, only a sliver of a new moon, but it is a beginning. As time passes, the greater the overlap, the greater and more complete is the healing. The Mandorla binds together that which was torn apart and made unwhole-unholy. It is considered the most profound religious experience one can have in life." 

- Robert Johnson 

A Yoga Alliance Registered School since 2007 and a Registered Yoga Therapy School with the Canadian Yoga Alliance since 2021, Mandorla Yoga was originally based in Southern Ontario and is now located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada within view of the Rocky Mountains. Accommodation can be arranged on or off site and a small kitchenette is available to our students. A short walk from a grocery store, bakery, pharmacy and restaurant, we are ideally placed in the neighborhood of Lakeview with ample free parking along an adjacent park. 



In the spirit of reconciliation, we acknowledge that Mandorla Yoga Institute originates from Sarnia, Ontario on the ancestral land of the Chippewa, Odawa, and Potawatomi peoples, referred to collectively as the Anishinaabeg, which is part of treaty 29. We further acknowledge that Mandorla Yoga Institute now exists and operates on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta.