Stella Douglas

Stella and I met probably around seven or eight years ago now. We were both attending a church that was vibrant and energetic, but there was something magnetic about Stella’s energy to me! Stels has been the lady I get together with for a cup of coffee to talk about everything and anything, and every time, to leave feeling inspired and energised. She is, to date, my favourite yoga teacher, full of grace and wisdom. She has lived through some stuff, which makes her rather excellent at offering vast space to you, for your journey.

    Get in touch with Stella for yoga classes, to become a yoga teacher, to learn about essential oils, or simply to meet a woman fired up on life!

She is available on Instagram, Facebook and her website.

 

  • Can you share more about your background and upbringing? What has been most impactful in contributing to the woman you are today?

 

I grew up in an abusive, unpredictable environment and we moved around a lot. I went to as many schools as school years. This has definitely shaped me into who I am today but I didn't see that until the catalyst of my mom going to prison for fraud in my late 20's. This was the first of two catalysts, the second being burn out when I was 31, that lead me to see the choice before me: be overwhelmed by a painful past (and present) or choose to heal. I realised that as a result of my childhood, I have never formed attachments easily which is great on the one hand, making it easy to not get attached to material things as well as giving me an excellent set of coping skills when it comes to transition and instability, but it also means I have to work very hard at learning how to make emotional attachments and not walk away as soon as things get difficult and that's where most of my healing lay. My work is helping people (and myself) figure out when to stay and when to go.

 

  • What has been a non-obvious turning point for you (either personally or professionally)?

 

Last year my husband and I took 3 weeks in India. We had a romantic beach holiday and just had a lot of fun. We laughed and played and dreamed. We came back with a few ideas, barely even having set any intentions or goals, but within 2 months of being home, our entire lives had been set into a clear motion of radical change. It didn't feel like an obvious turning point at the time, but now I see that it was a significant time in our lives. I asked myself what happened and the answer I got back was, fun begets fun. Have more fun!

 

  • What advice would you love to give your 25 year old self?

 

You are not fat! :) Have more fun! Trust yourself, you are beautiful, you are wise and you are brave.

 

 

  • Do you have any rituals, disciplines or self-care practises that help centre you?

 

Yoga, Morning Pages (stream of consciousness writing), meditation, walking, singing, hot baths and making my art.

 

 

  • What are you reading right now?

 

The Signature of all things by Liz Gilbert and Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by B.K.S Iyengar.

 

  • What books do you always recommend or have perhaps given as gifts?

 

Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss, Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, A New Earth by Ekhart Tolle, Love Wins by Rob Bell

 

 

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