Ann Arbor Yoga and Meditation founder and director, Ema Stefanova is one of the most highly trained and experienced master yoga and meditation teachers in the nation. She was born in a family of natural yogis and healers, and holds advanced degrees in engineering as well as English language and literature. Her teaching, yoga therapy, and meditation are inspired by her miraculous yoga and meditation life journey and the direct guidance by one of the most renowned gurus of all times, Swami Satyananda Paramahansa (Swamiji) and senior swamis.
IAYT Certified (Yoga Therapist)
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)
from United States, November 2017
"Life lessons and Relaxation"
Ema is a wise instructor and the retreat center was inspiring, learned a lot from this experience that I will take with me my whole life.
from United States, October 2017
"If you want kind, this is not the retreat for you..."
1. Ashram is beautiful with vast libraries, shrine, and museum.
2. The caregiver of the ashram is a kind and quiet man.
3. The teacher organized a surprise kirtan session with the caregiver that was nice though likely uncomfortable for others in the group who did not know mantras or were unfamiliar with kirtans as we were all expect to lead the chants.
4. The teacher was very well versed in the yoga body of knowledge and superb at yoga nidra techniques. One should know that she is not a member of the Ramakrishna group (associated with the ashram) and that she is a disciple of Satyananda Saraswati who has a controversial history.
Ema, I enjoyed learning meditation with you. Medical School can often be very stressful, so it was nice to learn techniques to help. I also enjoyed learning about the difference between yoga you teach versus commercial yoga brands. After our conversation, I am definitely more interested in learning about specific practices for specific diseases and overall health in general with a focus on both the body and the mind. I will definitely use the meditation skills as a break each night to reset. I see how this system of yoga can be beneficial to everyone!
A couple weeks ago I told my mother I'm in your program. I told them because of the news article my dad sent me. A little while after that my mom called with a stiff neck and sore hips to ask if I could help her. Over the phone I talked her through some gentle stretches to practice. Last night I called my dad and he said my mother was on the floor practicing yoga. I had to laugh! [Debbie elderly parents were against yoga initially since deeply religious, but that has changed.
I found this session very informative. I have suffered from asthma attacks before, so I was interested to hear how yoga therapy could help. I will definitely keep this in mind as a physician, because I now understand how classical yoga can help any patient to live a healthy life. Overall this was a very interesting and informative session. Thank you for meeting with us.