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About the Author

Stephanie (a.k.a. Stefani) Ann Pappas has been practicing and teaching yoga and meditation since 1992. She is the founder and director of the Devalila Yoga Teacher Training, a Registered 200 hour level training with the Yoga Alliance. Stephanie has certified over 200 teachers in North America. She is also a massage therapist, Interfaith Minister, belly dance teacher, and ESL teacher.

Stephanie Pappas was born in New York City in 1960 and grew up in central New Jersey. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University, Douglass College. After graduating from college, she worked for 10 years as a trainer, technical writer, and technician in the telecommunications industry.Stephanie began the study and practice of eastern philosophy at the age of 12 with the Taoist book of changes, the I Ching. She took her Buddhist refuge vows in 1982 with the Venerable Dawa Saambo from Tibet, and received various teachings from H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama and other renowned Tibetan Buddhist teachers.

From 1992-2002 she studied intensively with her teacher from Bangalore, India, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and was a teacher for the Art of Living Foundation and Prison SMART Foundation. During this time Stephanie was dedicated to the practice of Hatha Yoga, Sudarshan Kriya, and various yogic meditations which included long silent retreats.

Stephanie has co-authored 9 other books on yoga. Her first solo book for yoga teachers, "Yoga Posture Adjustments and Assisting" has sold over 12,000 copies. Her other new yoga book, Yoga At Your Wall is also available on amazon.com
Stay tuned in 2010 for her newest book, Reflections of a Codependent Yogi.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing (January 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412051622
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412051620
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.6 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephanie Ann Pappas (a.k.a. Stefani) is the founder and director of the Devalila Yoga Teacher Training, a registered 200 hour level training with the Yoga Alliance since 2002. Stephanie has certified over 250 teachers in North America, Mexico, and Europe.

Stephanie has co-authored 9 other books on yoga. Her first solo book for yoga teachers, "Yoga Posture Adjustments and Assisting" has sold over 10,000 copies and is available in Spanish under the title, "Las Posturas de Yoga: El Arte de Ajustar y Asistir."

Her yoga book for all levels, "Yoga At Your Wall" is also available on amaazon.com

Her current work in progress is called, "Wisdom of a Codependent Yogi" and is expected to be released in 2015.

Stephanie is also a licensed massage therapist in PA, belly dance teacher, Spanish Interpreter and ESL teacher.

Stephanie rents her retreat cabin and garden in Tulum, Mexico. Visit Vacation Rentals By Owner for information and reservations: http://www.vrbo.com/334111

Stephanie loves to travel and lead workshops and trainings. Write her at stefanipappas@hotmail.com to set up a workshop at your studio and receive a commission.

Stephanie loves cats, and dedicates time and money to the fair treatment and rescue of animals.

Other Biographical Information:
Stephanie was born in New York City in 1960 and grew up in central New Jersey. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University, Douglass College. After graduating from college, she worked for 10 years as a trainer, technical writer, and technician in the telecommunications industry.

Stephanie began the study and practice of eastern philosophy at the age of 12 with the Taoist book of changes, the I Ching. She took her Buddhist refuge vows in 1982 with the Venerable Dawa Saambo from Tibet, and received various teachings from H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama and other renowned Tibetan Buddhist teachers.

From 1992-2002 she studied intensively with her teacher from Bangalore, India, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and was a teacher for the Art of Living Foundation and Prison SMART Foundation. During this time Stephanie was dedicated to the practice of Hatha Yoga, Sudarshan Kriya, and various yogic meditations which included long silent retreats.

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126 of 136 people found the following review helpful By Pym9 on April 6, 2008
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The only people buying this book ought to be certified yoga teachers, so the question is: does this $30 book add anything significant beyond what was covered in your training and continuing education?

I bought the book because I was a new teacher and was dealing with all the attending insecurities, and so this book was basically an expensive confidence boost--I was amazed that I knew just about everything worth knowing for my teaching in here. There were new and different assists I had never seen, but I just don't see the point for many of these. Example: why squat behind someone and have them sit on your knees or thighs in utkatasana and eagle? Instead of the student supporting their own weight and strengthening their quadriceps, you are doing the work for them, with the result that you build strength rather than the student. What's the point when these poses have a built-in way to ease into them for less strong students, i.e., not squatting so deeply?

Are you ever going to pull someone's arm forward while pressing back on their hip crease with your foot to get them to lengthen before dropping their hand into triangle? Fancy crawling underneath a student in camel and pushing up on their shoulder blades with your foot? Creative, sure. Useful? No.

The first section, "Getting started," is good, but it's only 14 pages, in a huge font with lots of white space and photos. She tells you to approach students directly as if opening the refrigerator, not awkwardly from odd angles, and to correct the most unsafe misalignments first. Fine advice, but I sure hope you learned that in your training.

What this book fails to cover is the practical side of diagnosing problems in poses and how to correct them.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Theresa Reed on July 27, 2006
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As a yoga instructor, I am always looking for good books to enhance my teaching. There are many fine books on asanas, but very few on how to teach yoga. With the current growth in the yoga teaching market, books that are useful to instructors are starting to pop up.

"Yoga Posture Adjustments and Assisting" by Stephanie Pappas is a relevant book whether you are a new yoga instructor or a seasoned one. It is common in yoga classes to get an adjustment by an instructor - however, for a teacher, especially a new one, it can be challenging to know how to adjust properly. Many injuries happen in yoga due to overzealous or uncautious adjustments.

Pappas has written a book that is a clear and intelligent manual - I love that the focus is solely on adjustments. Big, easy to view photos demonstrating the proper way to adjust accompany every pose along with text that clearly spells out what you need to be doing as you adjust your student. Props are suggested when appropriate as well. I really liked the guidelines on what to say when adjusting - these verbal cues are really helpful as it is sometimes easy to become tongue tied in a class! Using these verbal instructions, I've felt I have been conveying the pose more clearly to my students. This book has certainly helped me to be a more confident instructor! At the back of the book, Pappas has delivered two chapters on questions that instructors ask as well as common questions from students. Her intelligent responses really gave me food for thought.

Some of the adjustments pictured were a bit too 'intimate' for my tastes. But that is simply my preference - not a criticism on the overall greatness of this book. There are some teachers and students that may be more comfortable with that much body contact.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Silver Hooligan on October 4, 2006
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...if you have any experience teaching. Some of the assists are outdated and no longer taught to teachers because of the strain they put on the back.

It's a nice idea but I shudder to think of anyone attempting some of these assists; it's a back accident waiting to happen.

I don't mean to be unkind but I was very disappointed.
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37 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Michelle R. Strzelewicz on January 4, 2007
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As a yoga instructor, I thought that this book would give good ideas for hands on adjustments. What I found is that the adjustments that were showed could put a client at risk of injury. She literally would pull a person or use her foot to get the client into a deeper stretch. Just looking at the pictures made me laugh as I would never do this to a client and risk injuring them. The only time I would offer any sort of adjustment like these is if I knew them really well. A few of the adjustments were good, but for the most part, the book was not worth it at all. I wouldn't recommend it.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By V.P. Wilson on October 21, 2006
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"Just a note to let you know that I think your book is fabulous. I have

many yoga books, all of which are internationally recognized by some of the most famous yogis in the world; however, I have specifically been looking for quite some time for 'your' book....a simple, hands on, approachable means to assisting yoga students in postures. I found your book to be unpretentious, unintimidating and naturally friendly. This is quite a boon for yoga teachers as well as aspiring yoga teacher's in training. I especially liked the fact that your models were 'real' people, all with different body types and obvious levels of yoga experience. I would like to use your book in my own training program.

This book is an additional tool...an aid to understanding how simple adjustments & assisting can bring ease & confidence into the posture (and student). Any negative reviews about this book are ridiculous. All approaches have been well thought out & presented intelligently."
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