Gwen Yeager-Stofko began practicing yoga in 1995. Her love of the art, science and spirituality of yoga led her to complete YogaWorks’ nationally recognized 200-hour Teacher Training Program early in 2007, and she started teaching shortly thereafter. In June 2008 she deepened her studies with YogaWorks’ advanced 300-hour Professional Program, where she mentored with Carmen Fitzgibbon and delved further into anatomy, anatomy of injuries, asana, pranayama, subtle body, Restoratives, prenatal yoga, vinyasa flow and more.
In January 2012 Gwen met Jill Miller at a Yoga Tune Up® workshop and found a teacher with whom she was very much spiritually and philosophically aligned. The following month Gwen traveled across the country to complete the Yoga Tune Up® teacher training with Jill at Kripalu and is thrilled to now be a licensed Yoga Tune Up® teacher conducting classes at Equinox in Woodland Hills and with private clients.
Gwen’s traditional Hatha yoga classes are steeped in the Iyengar, Ashtanga and Desikachar traditions. She also brings to her classes a deep understanding of anatomy and her studies of the therapeutic aspects of yoga, focusing on core work and mindful movements that create and maintain a healthy spine, limbs and joints. Gwen is very interested in the mind-body connection, as well as how experiences on the mat translate to lessons in life. And she believes that fun, humor and a spirit of play are as much a part of a yoga practice as anything else! (And music, on occasion, too.) Because Yoga Tune Up® targets areas so uniquely, specifically and playfully, Gwen usually brings Yoga Tune Up® poses to her traditional Hatha classes as well.
Gwen is registered with Yoga Alliance at the 500-hour training level and has taught almost 2000 hours of classes. She teaches weekly private clients and leads group classes at Golden Bridge Yoga, Equinox and YogaWorks. Gwen works with all levels of practitioners, from beginners who want one-on-one attention and clear guidance to advanced practitioners who want to deepen their existing practice.
Gwen regularly takes workshops from the wealth of very senior instructors living in and visiting Los Angeles. Along with Jill Miller, Gwen is mentored by Jasmine Lieb, a pioneer in yoga therapy and a senior teacher trainer at YogaWorks. Gwen has assisted Jeanne Heileman and Dani Ibarra of YogaWorks.