Meet our Girl Crush of the Week – Stacey!
Stacey teaches yoga with the intention to teach her students the life skills they need to be calm, compassionate and courageous.
As a Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher, she has taught yoga to kids and teens in schools, yoga studios, festivals, mental health and hospital wards for over a decade.
Stacey created her own teacher training school, “Inspired Kids Yoga” to certify other Yoga Teachers to share yoga with as many kids and teens as possible.
Using her qualifications and experience in TV production, Stacey has produced 5 DVDs, including the “Light Up Little Lights Kids Yoga” series and Yoga for Every Body which sold in lululemon stores all around Australia and New Zealand.
Having taught yoga since 2005, Stacey has explored many different styles of yoga. Her in-depth knowledge coupled with her vast teaching experience has led her to be a facilitator of Level 1 and 2 Yoga Teacher Trainings, a presenter at Yoga festivals and a mentor for other yoga teachers.
Hi Stacey, thanks for joining us. Can you please explain a little about what do you do?
I help kids, teens and adults to be calm, courageous and compassionate through the teaching of yoga classes, retreats, online classes, teacher training & Yoga Therapy sessions in hospital. 
What is your background?
I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. I started off as a primary school teacher; then went into children’s TV; kids fitness & personal training before eventually finding my calling as a Yoga Teacher in 2005. 
Tell us a little about what you are working on right now?
I’ve just returned from  the Australian Yoga Therapy Conference in Sydney where I presented about my work in kids yoga in the hospital.
I’m also preparing a week long, retreat style immersion of my Inspired Kids Yoga Teacher Training, at the gorgeous Kondalilla Eco Resort, in the Sunshine Coast Hinterlands. 
What inspired this idea?
To make my training accessible to interstate students who want to immerse themselves in the learning, whilst enjoying their own private treehouse in the rainforest.
What is the most challenging thing about this project?
Wearing all of the hats to bring it all together: marketing; budgeting; planning; training. It’s a juggling act.
What is your favourite part of your job?
Seeing the glowing and calm faces of students after they arise from relaxation. It gets me in the feels, every single time.
What is your biggest accomplishment?
Creating Inspired Kids Yoga Teacher Training so that I can share my knowledge and experience with other Yoga Teachers so they can be certified to share yoga with more kids and teens all around the world!
Do you have any advice for women wanting to enter this industry?
Know your craft well. Immerse yourself in learning and practice, practice, practice. That way, you will share from an embodied place. Find your niche. Find your tribe and offer them what they are needing.
Who inspires you the most?
I am not a celebrity loving kind of person, but one of the women who inspires me the most is P!NK. Not only does she always perform brilliantly whilst in incredible acrobatic acts, she is honest with the world & true to herself; she wears her heart on her sleeve and is a part of meaningful charities (like No Kid Hungry) and is an advocate for making positive change in the world. I love the way she looks her audience in the eye and makes a human connection with them and reaches out to teen girls and those who feel like the “underdog” to let them know they matter in the world. 
What motivates you to keep going?
The world needs more love and peace right now, so if I can inspire others to find love for themselves and share that within their circles, then I am contributing to world peace.
How do you create balance in your life?
Ensuring that I have carved out time each week for self care: regular meditation practice; time in nature; epsom salt baths and debriefs over cups of tea with girlfriends.
According to you, what is the definition of success?
When your soul purpose aligns with your goal to be of service to others and it rewards you abundantly.
 
What is your opinion on eco-friendly brands?
We need to give them more of our business so together, we can help to save our planet.
Best beauty advice/tip:
Smile often. There is no smiling face that is not beautiful.
Words to live by:
“I am only one. But still, I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do” – Helen Keller
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