Steffan de Graffenried

My journey into eastern arts and philosophy began in 1972 with Kung Fu the TV series. My 30 year study of Kung Fu and Tai Chi led me to the study of exercise physiology and kinesiology and a career in the health club industry as a fitness trainer and consultant and eventually a health club owner. In 2002 my wife talked me into attending her yoga class and I fell in love with it. After reading 40 Days to Personal Revolution by Baron Baptiste, I was inspired to intensify my study and practice. Several teachers have had a profound effect on my practice, particularly Rodney Yee and Bruce Bowditch, a longtime student of John Friend.

Bruce Bowditch guided me into the understanding of how to apply my knowledge of body alignment and physical structure from my years of martial arts study into my yoga practice and teaching. I frequently use my knowledge of Chinese healing arts to help students therapeutically with sports injuries and physical limitations.