Mentoring available! Minimum of 3 months, includes 1 hour meeting/week with your teacher, and must practice with your teacher a minimum of 1 time/week.
3 months- $600

‘When we first starting seeing each other, I was in a very deep depression, with crippling anxiety and guilt. I did not see my worth as a daughter, a friend, a lover, or a person. You changed all of that for me, and I have never felt more grateful and appreciative of anything or anyone in my life. Thank you just does not even begin to express the meaning of my feelings.

When we started seeing each other, I had no idea what to expect because this was so far from my comfort zone, but I knew I need to do something. Then, as I was scrolling Facebook I saw your post about the mentorship and I read about it, and thought, I have tried what my therapist told me to and its not working, perhaps this would be a good route to take. And I have never felt more scared in my life. And, I am SO glad I texted you about it. My life has been forever changed and you are the reason for it.

You made me discuss things that I knew I had been hiding deep down, as well as things I had no idea affected, or at least had no idea they affected me in the ways they did. And as each topic was discussed and mulled over, I started letting the guilt, pain, anger, all go and I felt more like me again. The me who was happy. Only this me was better than the happy me. I was nicer, and stronger, and more accepting of love, and more loving of myself. Things I never knew were so important to me, are now what I strive for.

You showed me unconditional love. I thank you for that.

You showed me compassion and true good. I thank you for that.

You showed me that I can be a good person. Someone I have always wanted to be. I thank you for that.

You taught me that I am worthy. I thank you for that.

Our sessions have affected me more than any other experience in my life. Our sessions have changed how I think, how I act, in order for me to be happy. All I have ever wanted in life was to be happy. I never thought this would be possible, and you made it not only possible, but probable for me to be happy throughout my entire life.

You have made me less scared. Less scared to be myself. Less scared of change. Less scared of being loved, and of giving love. I thank you for that.

When we took a break from our sessions, I quickly knew that our time was not over. I still needed you. And I am no longer ashamed or embarrassed to admit this. Life can be challenging and very trying at times, and you let me know I always have you if I need you. I thank you for that.
Although I am still learning to gain and utilize the concepts and tools you provide me with, I know that I will not only be okay, but I will be good. I will be able to handle situations with more grace than I ever thought possible.

With you by my side, life, death, and the unknown, no longer give me crippling fear. I thank you for that.

My depression has subsided, though I am aware this is a lifelong battle. And I am prepared for that battle because of you.

My crippling anxiety has dramatically lessened, enabling me to be more open to life’s open doors because of you.

My guilt has weakened, allowing me to replace the resentment and anger towards myself with love, kindness, and acceptance because of you.

You mean more to me than I will ever be able to express to you. I love you for who are you. I love you for your compassion and your unconditional love. I love you for your strength. You are my mentor, and truly, my favorite person on this planet.

I thank you. I appreciate you. I love you.

Love, unconditionally and always,


“I have known Stephanie for several years now and have always been drawn to her strength, compassion, and integrity. I sought out a mentorship with her earlier this year when I was feeling the need for extra guidance and direction in my life. I was feeling less than confident in my teaching abilities and was unsure of where to turn or how to remedy my situation. Throughout the time we worked together, she helped me uncover what the underlying difficulties were and how I was being blocked from expressing my true nature. She continually brought me back to a place of knowing and trusting that everything I needed, I already had within me. With the help of her knowledge, understanding, expertise and guidance, I was able to break through the barriers of my own self-limiting beliefs and enter into a new phase of my teaching and I’ve never felt more confident and comfortable in front of my students. I look forward to working with Stephanie again in the future and highly recommend her services. She is one of the most courageous and inspirational women I know and I am so grateful to have her in my life as a teacher, mentor, and friend.”-Abby V.

“Stephanie Pafford has always naturally served as a mentor to me. She was the first person who saw my potential as a yoga instructor (before I even saw it), and now nearly 3 years after completing Akasha’s 200 hour yoga teacher training, she has been instrumental in my decision to shift careers and make yoga and birth doula work my primary vocation. A few months before making this career shift, I began to fully realize just how much my current career path was no longer serving me or my family. At the same time, I was beginning to build on my passion for teaching yoga and birth doula work. I was at a crossroads, clearly realizing I needed to make a big change, but frozen and unsure of how to move forward. Holding me back from big change were fears and pressures relating to finances, identity and perceived stability. I sought Stephanie out and asked her to meet with me to share her wisdom and provide some guidance. Her coaching was so beneficial! She helped me to see where fear was holding me back. Stephanie coached me through developing a strategy to transition into a new career while maintaining my financial responsibility to my family. Most importantly, Stephanie was supportive, helping me to identify and build on my strengths and passions. I am so incredibly grateful to Stephanie for her support, mentorship and coaching. ”

Cara Lee
Yoga and Birth Doula Services

“I feel absolutely blessed to have found Akasha Yoga.  Stephanie has provided the most amazing opportunities that have helped me grow my yoga teaching confidence, skills and knowledge tremendously.  After only one month teaching at Akasha, I noticed a huge shift in my teaching personality, helping me grow to be more unique, compassionate and intuitive with my sequences and flows.  Stephanie and the Akasha family have pushed me to grow from the inside out, and I am so very grateful to have them in my life.  The studio has such a serene, calming effect and this sense fills me each time I step foot into the beautiful space.  Thank you Stephanie for making me so happy every single day!”

– Gina Middleton

2012-11-10 15.43.01

3830 Valley Center Drive P.O. Box 705-715, San Diego Ca 92130

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