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Overview of SoulFire Yoga Health & Wellness Benefits
The Beginning What Yoga Means to Me
My Certifications What My Logo Means
My Personal Accomplishments My Thank Yous
My Health Struggles Recommended Links

Overview of SoulFire

Living in the 21st century when information and expert advice on just about everything is available online, I once heard a good idea on what to teach: “teach what you know.” Well, I know about complete and utter heartbreak, loss, grief, shame, abandonment, bankruptcy, suicide, physical disability, struggling to survive and wanting to die. Yet I also know about hope, faith, will, strength, perseverance, courage, dedication, healing, and God's grace.

My business is very personal, because my business is me. It has grown and evolved over the last 15 years into what it is today, just as I have. I can't exactly fake it or hide out from the world, as much as I would like to do at times; that wouldn't be very authentic. And the one thing that is most important to me is to be a person who walks the walk, not just talks the talk.

In this precious time I have here on earth I would like to make as much a difference in the world as I can; to leave it better than it was before. My way to do that is through YOU. That has always been the driving force in my life, to heal myself, to find what it really means to have lasting inner security, peace and happiness and to help others do the same. We are each others' greatest resource, and we need each other more than ever now. I believe people need to be heard and to be loved. And that is what I offer. My gift is understanding, realizing and knowing what each client needs... to be the spark that engages the fire in one's soul to burn brightly again.

I don't claim to have it all or to know it all. The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, I realize the less I know. What I do know though, is that I have transformed my life from being a victim and living out of fear, stress and anger to being empowered and fulfilled, living out of love, true peace and understanding. I reclaimed my life, and that has brought me freedom. I am told I am great resource, a valuable friend and a true healer. I will never stop learning, growing and cultivating my God given gifts and sharing them with you.

The Beginning, Stefania Soulfire

The Beginning

I came into this world in an unusual way. My birth mother, who I never met, gave me up for adoption when I was born. She was a user, heroin addict and in prison at the time of my birth. My father is “unknown,” meaning since my mother used sex to get money, she did not know who the father was. It could not have been the man she was married to because he was serving a life sentence in prison since 6 years before I was born. I was in a foster home until I was adopted at the age of 4 ½. I don't remember my foster parents or that home life; I guess that's probably a good thing. My adopted mother asked what my clothing and shoe size were so she could dress me in new clothes and shoes when they picked me up to bring me home. When my mother put on my new shoes they were 3 sizes too small. Boy was my new Mom pissed! I was an erratic eater not because I didn't like to eat but because my gums hurt so bad that I could only eat soft food like spaghetti. I guess my foster parents didn't pick up on that one! I weighed only 26 pounds when my parents brought me home at the age of 4 ½. I was extremely undernourished and probably didn't have good prenatal care either. When I smiled I had all silver caps. All my first teeth were rotten and malfunctioning due to the heroin use of my mother. The dentist was doubting if I was going to even get in second teeth. Luckily I did, (big smile).

The only link I have to the first 4 years of my life is a 2 ½ page letter from the Angel Guardian Children and Family Services Home in Brooklyn. I wrote to them in 2001, 8 years after my daughter was born. Up until that point I never had a desire to meet my biological mother. After experiencing carrying a baby around in my uterus for 9 months then the excruciating pain of childbirth, I had a whole new respect for this woman. Unfortunately, if the other party does not want to be found the records are sealed and only non-identifying information is given. I was hoping that the information that my adopted father told me when I was 17 years old, that my biological mother was a prostitute and a heroin addict was not going to be true. But it was. I must have read that letter at least 100 times, and cried at least 100 more.

"Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?"

From the poem “The Summer Day”
by Mary Oliver
What I did find out about myself were some pretty interesting things though. For example, from the developmental exams from one month to three years of age, they said I could sit remarkably well, stand extremely strong, my back and legs were very firm and straight while standing. I was very alert, noticed everything around me, and was able to communicate my needs very well. I would “coo” immediately upon someone looking at me; I smiled very easily and had a “charming personality with a winning smile.” A developmental exam also revealed I was “way above average in development and intelligence.” I was described as being “generous and lovable.” Oh I was a good sleeper and I loved my bath! Things that are all really true to who I am now. Not to worry, I won't let that go to my head! Actually I take that back, I will let that go to my head and then straight to my heart!

I was so happy to hear such good things about my little self as a baby and toddler. It was like a piece of me was returned back. I began to feel less lost. The thing that makes me sad still is that I don't have one single baby picture of me; not one picture of me as a baby or child, not until I was adopted at 4 ½ years old. And that you can't re-create. The only thing I have is that letter.

This is just the beginning of my story. I have many more stories to share. You can imagine with an entrance like that what came of my life after. It has been an interesting journey so far, one that I feel compelled to share in my upcoming book. There has been tears, rivers of tears, but more importantly there has been transformation. My story is like the story of many of us, the Phoenix bird rising from the ashes, reborn after being burned by the fire. My entire life has been the overcoming of obstacles and adversities, of being broken open; and not just once, over and over again. I fought to get into this world, fought to survive, and I will continue to fight for what I believe in. I used to dream when I was a little girl about one thing, helping to heal and save the world. I lost those dreams as I grew up and the pain and heartache of life overtook me. But I am back. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, yes, and also if you allow it, kinder, wiser, more compassionate, authentic and full of life and love. I got the “fire,” the eye of the tiger. I guess that's why the angels call me SoulFire.
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My Certifications

BA in Spanish and Humanities from Providence College, graduated Magna Cum Laude 1991
American Council on Exercise (ACE) Personal Trainer 1998
Certified Aeroboxing Instructor 1999 (Michael Olajide Jr.)
Certified Mat Pilates 2000 (YogaZone Elizabeth Gillies)
Certified 500 hour Yoga Instructor started 2001-present
Thai Yoga Massage Specialist 2009
American Council on Exercise (ACE) Lifestyle & Weight Management Health Coach 2012
Certified Waterfront Lifeguard 2013
CPR and First Aid 1998
Law of Attraction Certified Practitioner (Steve G. Jones & Dr. Joe Vitale)
U.S. Masters Swimming Certified Swim Coach, Levels 1 & 2
Reiki Master (2009- present)
Back Injury Prevention Specialist
Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance E-RYT
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Some of My Accomplishments that I am Most Proud of

Being a single Mom...raising a now 21-year old happy, healthy, independent young woman
Becoming a fully licensed successful financial consultant in 1995, then despite peer pressure and money resigning from that career eight years later to follow my dreams
Becoming a Yoga Teacher
My first all natural body building show, winning best poser
Doing my first triathlon
Swimming across the Great South Bay three times
Healing my life
Never giving up

My Own Health Struggles

I have been an avid athlete and fitness person my whole life and also have struggled with many health issues. During my teen years I found out the reason I would get so fatigued while playing sports was due to a genetic blood disorder, Thalassemia, which I inherited from my Italian mother. In simple terms, people with Thalassemia make less red blood cells and hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen. This results in fatigue and mild or severe anemia. Taking iron supplements is not the answer either as I have found out. I have Thalassemia minor, which is not a major health issue, but I constantly struggled with fatigue and getting run down, which is a challenge when exercise and fitness is your way of life. As a result of this I've studied wellness, nutrition, diet and supplementation all of my adult life and learned what kind of diet works best for me and how to eat for energy. I am now a licensed Lifestyle and Weight Management Health Coach.

Later on in my early thirties I discovered after waking up in the middle of the night in the most pain I've ever experienced (besides childbirth) in my lower back, that I have degenerative disk disease; including 6 herniated disks in my lumbar and cervical spine, a reverse curve in my neck and arthritis in my spine. The spinal specialists told me I had the spine of a 70 year old and should give up running. I was shocked. It was puzzling since I lived such a clean and healthy lifestyle. Being a voracious reader I devoured every book I could find on health and wellness and studied and learned from many different holistic specialists. I realized that for me it was the long time chronic mental and emotional stress that ended up damaging my body. Thus started my true healing and my journey back to wholeness and true health... body, mind, heart and soul. This took many years and a lot of persistence, but I was committed and determined to healing myself. During that time I also had knee surgery on both knees.

These health issues were really a blessing in disguise. They helped me learn how to be proactive with my health and to listen and honor my body. I am now pain free and have been for many years. I wake up in the morning feeling alive and vibrant, and not just “getting by or hanging in there.” The health issues/injuries also gave me the sensitivity to be a better trainer, yoga teacher, and healer. Mostly everyone I work with has injuries of some sort. I live and play full on and can do all the things I had to give up while I was “disabled.” Every injury, sickness or disease which can be debilitating and painful, can also bring with it healing and wisdom if you allow it. You can heal your life.
“When thought ceases, curbed by the practice of yoga, when he himself looks upon himself and is contented with himself, when he knows a total bliss beyond sensual pleasure, which can be grasped by the spirit alone, and when he knows it and, once fixed upon it, does not truly stray from it, when he has acquired it and can think of no greater acquisition, when firm on it he cannot be swayed even by profound grief—then he knows that this is the unbinding of his bond with sorrow, which is called 'yoga,' and that this yoga must be yoked on him decisively with undespairing heart.”
— Bhagavad Gita

What Yoga Gives You

Relief from back pain; decrease in cortisol, body fat, stress and imbalances; builds inner core strength, muscle flexibility, joint mobility and strength, healthy organs, skin, brain power, inner and outer glow.

It gives you the knowledge to get out of the predicament of having your chaotic mind chatter rule your life; which in turn creates mental calmness, clarity, focus and true balance

Fills the void and emptiness that something is missing from your life and returns you back to your divine Self, or higher self. This wholeness gives you a true peaceful heart and soul freedom.

What Yoga Means to Me

There are many paths to “awakening” and returning to wholeness. I chose the fast track of yoga, a scientific system created 5,000 years ago which incorporates body, mind and spirit. While yoga helped me to gain my physical health back, including my pain free body, strength and flexibility, it did so much more. Yoga for me means loving myself and coming home to my soul.

For more in depth, inspiring, insightful and humorous stories of my journey please view my newsletter archive on my homepage and/or follow me on my blog.

You can also connect with me through social media FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

What Does My Logo Mean?

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The new Yin/Yang for 2013, year one of the new earth.

Circle represents the Law of the Circle. Also known as the Law of Karma, Law of Cause and Effect, “Like attracts Like”, All that goes around comes around. What this means in simple terms is what we send out in our thoughts, words, feelings and actions must return to us. The Law of Circle is a scientific law, it does not discriminate and is not partial, whether we are aware of this Law or not. Our journey is a circle, from God and home to God.

Colors: Violet represents the Sacred Violet Flame of Transformation which is the spiritual fire that purifies and burns away all that is not serving our highest good, ex: all the negative limiting thoughts, feelings and energy that block our light from fully shining. It is also the perfect balance of Father God's Power and Mother God's Love.

Yellow Gold represents each one of us as sons and daughters of our Mother/Father God and the eternal peace and abundance that is our divine birthright.

The vertical line in the center is my symbol given to me by my angels, and the wispy lines through it represent the fire.

The name SoulFire is my name in the Heavenly Realms given to me by my angels.

Soulfire's thank yous

My Thank Yous

In deep love and appreciation for all of my yoga teachers, in this realm and the spirit realm; some I've studied with for many months and years, some only for a few hours; but all have given me pearls of wisdom and inspiration. I've studied with many and learned from them all. Thank you to all of my yoga students, who are in truth my teachers as well. Your love, support, own growth and encouragement have been a blessing on my path. Because of you I am inspired to keep on keepin on and to continue to grow and evolve on my journey as well. We are all in this together!

Wendy Jarva is the creative master artist who took my new name and symbol and created a perfect logo. She also captured the SoulFire essence beautifully through her photography.

Laura Peragallo is the brilliant web designer who brought my vision to the light for all the world to see.

Dana Livoti is the intuitive that brings the messages from my angels to me. I am so grateful for her gifts and dedication to the Light and to have her in my life.

Recommended Links

Teach Yoga
Balance Yoga and Healing
LI Yoga Center
Dr. Mabanta
Dr. Wayne Dyer
Tony Robbins
Agape Live
Era of Peace
Krishna Das
Marianne Williamson
Pinnacle Fitness and Wellness
SicChíc Fighter
Healthy Alchemy
US Masters Swimming
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