Stephen Joyce is a certified teacher of Primordial Sound Meditation and the Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga. With his wife, business partner, and fellow yoga instructor – Kristine Ward ― he founded the Amana Institute in New Brunswick, Canada. They are also currently creating a new meditation and yoga retreat center overlooking the beautiful Hammond River.
How many Chopra Center events have you attended and what was your favorite? The first event I ever attended − the Seduction of Spirit meditation retreat ― remains my favorite one. To hear Deepak speak in person for the first time was a life-altering experience for me. I truly felt that through that event, I had found my purpose in life. From then until now every day has been an experience in the wisdom and gifts of uncertainty that has transformed my life.
What led you to pursue the Teachers Path? I have been practicing yoga for more than 20 years and meditating for 9 years. Both of these practices offer so many benefits . . . everything from increased strength, greater body awareness, and stress relief . . . to greater creativity, focus, and inner calm. I wanted to share these tools and help other people create optimal health and well-being in their lives as well.
What inspires you to teach? When I see the changes in people who come to my yoga classes or take my meditation retreats, it is a wonderful experience. I tell my students that I get just as much, if not more, out of teaching than they do from taking the course.
Every yoga class and every meditation course is unique, and this keeps me refreshed and motivated. To see my students transform before my eyes is incredibly inspiring. The next part of my journey is to become a Vedic Master. I’m attending the Perfect Health instructor certification program in September.