Stephanie Pratico

Hometown: Tucson, AZ

Favorite inspirational quote:From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. –Luke 12:48.

When/where/with who was your first yoga class? I began exploring yoga independently at a very young age, but my first yoga class was at a small home studio in Beverly, Massachusetts. I instantly fell in love.

What / who inspires you? My husband, my daughter, and my parents. Additionally, I work in mental health and find my clients to be very inspiring. I feel constantly moved by working with people through their struggles and witnessing their strength and resilience.

What you can’t live without? Music and my husband’s cooking.

What you might not know about me: I studied math in college and taught high school math for a few years. And then I somehow ended up a mental health counselor and music therapist.

Best advice you’ve ever received (from who?) I’m not sure I have one piece of advice, but I grew up in the military, and many of those values have helped pushed me forward throughout different experiences in my life.

My favorite book: Captivating—John & Stasi Eldredge. Also, one of my favorite yoga books is The Inner Tradition of Yoga by Michael Stone.

Favorite Word:Tigress. I had a very vivid dream of a tiger when I was in my early 20’s. In the dream I heard, “be a graceful tiger leader.” The tigress has been a very meaningful image for me since.

Local escape: I actually love the Worcester Airport. I often run or drive up there to clear my head and enjoy the view. It’s the closest I can get to my Arizona mountains!

My favorite thing to do (other than yoga): I’m an avid distance runner, so I love turning up loud music and going for a long run. I love local races; half marathons are my favorite to race. Of course, spending time with my husband and my daughter is also at the top of the list. And I can’t leave out my secret passion for New York Times crossword puzzles.

Stephanie Pratico is currently not instructing any classes.