Coming from a power lifting and body building background, Stef Caissie knows what it means to push the edge. It took many injuries and years of trial and error for him to come to the calm, relaxed and healed state that he is in now. Transitioning through isometrics (exercises using body weight) he found Yoga as an intriguing alternative. After meditating for a number of years, it was very refreshing to find a physical practice with spiritual elements. Through his yoga practice, diet and positive mindset he has lost more then a third of his body weight and has transformed himself from the depressed overweight ex-bodybuilder he used to be.
Stef utilizes the healing power of Yoga on the mind, body and spirit by focusing on yogic breathing techniques, mantra sound healing, and yoga postures. He enjoys flowing postures following the movement of the breath as well as held postures where he can relax and meditate. When we settle into the most relaxed state of being it allows the amazing healing capacity of our beautiful and unique bodies to be used at maximum potential. He enjoys the simplicity of yoga where by slowly becoming aware of your mind and body, your spiritual awareness grows as well. It is a beautiful process of accepting who you are and letting go of what does not serve your highest potential.
Stef brings a lot of personal knowledge of Chakras, energy systems and meridians that he shares in his classes. He also practices acupressure, crystal healing, Reiki and a Hawaiian form of shamanic healing as well as being a yoga teacher. Stef is also a graduate of the Rama Lotus Yoga Centre’s 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training as well as the Yin Yoga Teacher Training. He continues his studies with a specialization course on breathe. Still being new to the amazing world of yoga, he brings such a passion and exuberance that he is always willing to share. He is grateful for the opportunity to serve at Rama Lotus and the Ottawa yoga community and to lead these eager yogic spirits in an energy enhancing, relaxation inducing, unique, and enjoyable experience.