yoga + meditation instruction

dharma coaching


About Stephanie

Stephanie is a practitioner and educator of the science and philosophy of Tantric Hatha Yoga. An initiate of the Tantric Sri Vidya tradition – a 5,000 year-old living tradition of the Himalayan Masters – she is a proud graduate of the very first Sri Yoga Teacher Training in the fall of 2009.  She holds a B.A. in Biological Sciences from Columbia University, is certified RYT 500 and E-RYT 200, successfully completed the ParaYoga 500-hr curriculum and also holds credentials to teach Yoga 4 Teens and Prenatal Vinyasa. With over 16 years of classroom teaching experience and 6 years of studio teaching experience, Stephanie continues to study Tantra and train with her teachers Pandit Rajmani Tigunait and Yogarupa Rod Stryker. She is also a student of Sanskrit and certified by the Himalayan Institute to teach the Yoga Sutras.

With a firm belief in the promise of yoga as freedom in the world (rather than freedom from the world), she seeks to remind her students of the inherent flow of joy and steadiness that exists within. She integrates the tools of yoga (asana, bandha, mudra, kriya, mantra and meditation) to create a balanced, inspired and invigorating practice that nourishes the spirit as much as the body and mind.  Stephanie believes in the infinite potential of the individual and in yoga's ability to help us access it within ourselves – to live your Sri!  

you are what you practice.


I am a teacher because I love being a student.  More specifically, I love being a student of science.  Yoga is more than the shapes you make with your body – it is an ancient, time-tested science of the Self. Specific progressions of methodologies require both a willingness and a curiosity to observe and experience your body, breath, mind, and spirit in practice.  Self-knowledge leads to self-mastery – the true promise of yoga.

I work with students who are seekers, students who don't see themselves as able to "do yoga", students who are questioning what else there is to achieve after handstands  and backbends, students who recognize the potential for greater joy and freedom in their lives beyond the yoga classroom.  I hope to expand our collective sense of what yoga can offer us in modern life, using the teachings and techniques imparted to me through a living lineage of scholars, sages, and practitioners.



ADVANCED STUDIES PROGRAM: Mantra, japa & Meditation @YOGA COMMUNITY, sonoma, ca

may 19-21, 2017

Mantras can be powerful conduits of spiritual energy during meditation, heightening personal practice as you awaken the self-luminous vibration of Consciousness itself. Mantras heal and guide, purifying our heart and transforming our mind. In this weekend intensive of both theory and practice, you will learn the unique techniques of asana, pranayama, and relaxation necessary for experiencing the richness of mantra meditation. You will also receive foundational mantras – including the Gayatri and Mahamrityunjaya – for your personal practice and gain direct experience with the proper use of a mala.  

Friday, May 19, 6:00-9:00p, Saturday, May 20, 2:00-6:00p & Sunday, May 21, 2:00-6:00p

Cost: $275

Value: 11 CEUs


exclusive costa rica retreat & adventure @ AHKI RESORT, GUANACASTE

DECEMBER 2–9, 2017

Retreat!  Retreat!  YES – retreat with Jillian Glikbarg and Stephanie Chee Barea to our exclusive home for the week, Ahki in Costa Rica, a sacred and intimate resort on the Guanacaste coast.  We will awaken to jungle noises and the rising sun, share delicious meals together, gather for practice and ritual, explore the lush and unique landscape of the coast and mountains, and ultimately share an experience of reclaiming our essential nature – calm, steady, joyful light.

Learn ancient tools and techniques and experience practices that cultivate greater ease and freedom in our bodies and minds.  Immersed in the untamed, wild nature of Costa Rica we will reconnect with our own elemental relationship to source – starting with earth, and moving through water, ether, air and finally, the fire.  We will practice, play, restore, and relax.  Our time will also include external Tantric Fire Ritual, to further our connection to the spiritual fire that abides within.  Space is limited to 12 participants.  

For a shared double room (king bed can be requested): $2050

For a triple shared room: $1650

Cost includes: 

  • 6 days / 7 nights accommodations (beautifully appointed room w/private bath, indoor/outdoor shower, patio and/or deck)

  • Exclusive use of resort facilities (5 acre property, salt-water pool, library/game room, yoga hall)

  • 3 local organic vegetarian meals per day (*fish or meat provided for additional cost)

  • All-day coffee, tea and fruit

  • 2 all-levels yoga classes each day, taught by Stephanie and Jillian

  • Preparation and participation in Tantric Fire Ritual (agni hotra)

  • Ground transportation to and from Liberia airport

  • All local transportation to and from beaches and town

  • Daily housekeeping

  • All yoga and meditation props – including mats



Stephanie is available for private yoga instruction in the San Francisco Bay area.  She will work with your individual needs and background to create a yoga practice that supports your life and moves you toward greater freedom and fulfillment.  

As an apprentice to Yogarupa Rod Stryker, author of The Four Desires process, Stephanie works with individuals who are looking to find greater freedom (apavarga) and fulfillment (bogha) in their lives. Over the course of 3-12 months, she will guide you through The Four Desires and help you uncover your unique purpose (svadharma).

One-on-one sessions allow for more accelerated self-transformation physically, mentally, and energetically.  This work is highly recommended for those new to yoga, those who are looking to grow and develop in a specific area of practice, and those who are seeking deeper spiritual teachings.  Typically, sessions are one hour in length and take place in a home, office space, or yoga studio.  

Contact Stephanie for more information, or to schedule an initial meeting.