Short Biography

Stephanie (a.k.a. Stefani) Ann 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 studying Eastern philosophy at the age of 12 with the Taoist Book of Changes, the I Ching. In 1982 she took her Buddhist refuge vows with the Venerable Dawa Sambo 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 is the founder and director of the Devalila Yoga Teacher Training, a registered 200 hour level training with the Yoga Alliance for 16years. Stephanie has certified over 275 teachers in North America, Mexico, and Europe.

Her first book for yoga teachers, Yoga Posture Adjustments and Assisting has sold over 15,000 copies and is now available in Spanish. Insights from a Codependent Yogi is her current work in progress, and newest book Yoga At Your Wall is available now for purchase on amazon.com. Stephanie has co-authored 9 other books on yoga.

Stephanie is also a Licensed Massage Ttherapist in PA, and Somatice Experiencing Trauma Therapist Intermediate Level, world dance teacher.

Stephanie spends her time between her homes in Tulum, Mexico and NJ where she writes sees clients, writes, and teaches. Stephanie leads workshops and trainings worldwide.

Stephanie enjoys dedicating time and money to animal care and rescue.

Stephanie with Dolphine in Tulum
Stephanie Pappas Photo
Stephanie Adjusting Upward Dog