Stefani Wilton BA, RMT, E-RYT500, C-IAYT
Yoga Therapist * Registered Massage Therapist * Somatic Therapist
Creatrix of Embodiment Yoga™ & the Mandorla Yoga Institute
Stefani Wilton is a Trauma Aware Yoga Therapist, Registered Massage Therapist and Somatic Therapist based out of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The creatrix of Embodiment Yoga™, Stefani draws from her personal experience with trauma and her 20 years of teaching yin, restorative and vinyasa flow yoga with her unique signature trauma respectful approach. Passionate about inspiring and supporting YOU in reclamation, transformation and resilience, Stefani offers Embodiment Yoga™ classes, workshops, retreats and teacher training at the 200, 500 and 800 hour levels. A registered Massage Therapist, Senior Yoga Teacher E-RYT500 and Thai Yoga Massage Therapist, Stefani provides private sessions and training in Thai Yoga Massage and Restorative Yoga. A mother herself, one of her greatest joys is to support women during their child bearing years through the process of pregnancy, birth and beyond.
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) and Thai Massage. She is grateful to have the privilege of studying with teachers Jack Kornfield, Robin Rothenburg, Karen Claffey, Michelle Cormack, Lucile Palencher and Remco.
Stefani facilitates trainings Internationally and in the Rocky Mountains.
ABOUT MY WORK
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 womxn 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), Thai Yoga Massage, and Embodiment Yoga Therapy™ into my sessions. I hold a special place in my heart for Pregnant mums and new mothers and have taken specialized trainings to support you with both massage and yoga.
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 most recently am completing my training in Mindfulness Based Somatic Therapy™ with Ratha Chek of Vancouver.
I have been a student of yoga for 23 humble years now and have been teaching for 19 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.
ABOUT MANDORLA YOGA INSTITUTE
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, 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.