At Stamford Yoga Center we believe that yoga is more about standing on your own two feet than about standing on your head.
We care about making you feel welcome and at home at Stamyo—not whether you can touch your toes.
We confidently believe that right now, as you are today, is the very best way to do yoga—you don’t have to be flexible, skinny, or acrobatic to reap the benefits.
Stamford Yoga Center is a Body Positive community, meaning that we encourage adopting friendly and affirming attitudes toward your body, with the goal of feeling more comfortable in your skin, and improving overall health and wellbeing.
We advocate that you can have a rich, full yoga practice (and life!) without ever doing a single fancy yoga pose (but we’ll teach you how to do some of those if you enjoy them). One size never fits all. We're grounded in the belief that there are an infinite number of ways to approach the shapes of yoga—and your own body, mind, and heart.
Our signature classes are based on Energetic Output & Mood - Not Levels
We think that anyone is capable of walking into any Stamyo class and having a transforming experience—but that doesn’t mean you have to do every pose! All of our classes are for everyone willing to show up and consider your own needs deeply for an hour. Don’t worry if you don’t know all the poses. Come to class, and then come back!
We’ve taken to heart that the jewel and the joy lie in the journey, rather than in achievement. So we're not particularly conventional and you won’t find a hierarchy of class levels on our schedule (for example, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3).
Instead we offer a menu of signature Stamyo classes based upon mood and energetic output rather than skill levels. Think of those signature classes as meals on a menu. You don’t have to order the same thing every time! Instead, ask yourself: What am I in the mood for? How much energy do I want to expend? How do I want to feel after attending class?
You don’t need to know much (anything) about yoga to reap the benefits of joining like-minded people to enjoy mindful breath and movement. We encourage you to give yourself time to watch your understanding of your own practice develop, and the compassion to allow yourself to be a beginner (again and again and again).
What to Expect From Stamyo signature Classes?
The class for when body and soul need nurturing. Soothe your nervous system with drool-worthy restorative movement, breathwork, and guided relaxation.
Our signature feel-good class with eclectic flows.
The slow burn sneaks up on you. Color outside the lines while practicing accessible shapes in fun, innovative ways. Familiar poses may be transformed or held a bit longer.
Get out of your own way with a flow that reminds you that your’e alive—heart pounding, blood surging. We move through poses quickly in this class so take a couple of Stamyos, then get your tush in here. Break a sweat and love being in your own skin.
We love making brand new beginners feel comfortable! This class breaks down the “hows” and “whys” of yoga, and introduces basic yoga concepts. Leave feeling confident.
Every member of our hand-selected team is here because they’ve logged the hours and put in the work required to become extraordinary. Our crackerjack instructors pay close attention to you during class. They'll offer variations and modifications so that whether you’re a brand newbie or an experienced practitioner you can enjoy the rewards of practicing yoga.
We work with all kinds of people who enjoy yoga - from brand newbies to yoga professionals. We guide yoga enthusiasts to deeper understandings, and can even train you to teach yoga yourself!
You can work with Stamford Yoga Center individually or in our group classes, here at the studio, or off-site at home or in a corporate setting.
We look forward to seeing you on the mat!
You know that saying about taking ten thousand hours to get really good in your field? Well, Bernadette Hutchings Birney has spent way more than ten thousand hours honing her craft—partly because she likes helping people, and partly because she’s found yoga to be more practical than a perpetual vacation in the Bahamas!
Bernadette has been helping people live more comfortably in their skin for over two decades. Before finally opening her own studio she taught a lot of yoga—both locally and afield—traveling nationally and internationally to lead yoga training programs, workshops, and retreats. Now she stays right here at home in Connecticut to be den mother at Stamford Yoga Center.
As an anatomy and movement education nerd, Bernadette enjoys creating smart, fun yoga classes that uplift body and soul. She enjoys practicing simple shapes so much that she can't remember the last time she busted out a fancy yoga pose. When you take Bernadette's class expect precise instruction, dopey jokes—and the occasional profanity.
Bernadette has personally trained or mentored many of Stamyo’s instructors, and many of greater Fairfield County’s most beloved yoga teachers. You can find her articles in Yoga Journal, Yoga International, Fit Yoga, Origin Magazine, Elephant Journal, Teachasana, and right here on the StamYo blog.