Teacher Bio

STEPHEN SAUNDERSStephen Saunders, Tulsa Yoga Therapy

Classes: Expansion; Relax and Restore; Open the Hips; Mindful and Deep; Strong and Long; Mindful Movement

Stephen personally embraced Yoga as therapy in 1997.  His teaching began in 2000 when his teacher left to study in India for four months and honored and amazed Stephen by asking him to teach in her absence. He has been privileged to learn Yoga at the feet of some of the world’s truly great teachers.

“I studied with Beth Field for three years in the tradition of B.K.S. Iyengar.  Beth shared her skills, showed me much patience and is responsible for my becoming a yoga teacher, for which I am so very grateful. Later I studied with Mukanda Stiles, author of “Structural Yoga Therapy”. This work led me to Gary Kraftsow a Yoga master and Director of the American Viniyoga Institute and author of “Yoga for Wellness” and “Yoga for Transformation”.  The last nine years have been full of the most wonderful teachings from other world renowned teachers like John Friend, the charismatic and deeply inspiring founder of Anusara Yoga, and, Aadil Palkhivala, a brilliant and kind man with a wealth of knowledge who has shared it freely and with much humor.   Judith Lasater PhD. a physical therapist and Yoga teacher for 30 years whose deep understanding of the body has been a blessing for me.

In the last few years Doug Keller has inspired and deepened my understanding of Therapeutic Yoga and how to teach it without ego. I am profoundly thankful to all these teachers for any skills I have developed.” Ongoing studies with these amazing teachers and others continues to inform, encourage and inspire Stephen.  His work is also supported from outside of the Yoga world, including 15 years in private practice as a Massage Therapist. Trained in anatomy, deep tissue massage, craniosacral therapy and Ortho-bionomy.

IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist