Pippa Dorfman is certified in Kripalu and Prenatal Yoga, has a Bachelor of Science in Wellness & Alternative Medicine, is a DONA Internationally trained labor/birth Doula, and teaches Yoga regularly at Stepping Stone Yoga Studio in Jeffersonville, Vermont. Her teaching style comes from fifteen years of experience and an intuitive awareness of the levels & abilities present in a group, providing basic instruction in alignment while offering the deeper variations for those ready. Pippa focuses on how breath coordination with movement supports the progress in returning home to one’s body. She teaches a wide variety of classes from her specialties with prenatal and mixed levels Asana Vinyasa Yoga classes to her more unique offerings such as Healing Core, Hoop Yoga, Stick Yoga, Lunar Yoga, and Hoop Dance as a form of self-expression.
Pippa has a connection to the drum as a tool for personal growth and believes drum journeying is a cross-cultural means for human connection to uncovering the answers that lay within. In her free time she dances with hoops, snowboards with her dog, and spends time in nature with her daughter. Pippa describes herself as devoted mother, humble sister, grateful daughter, loyal friend, reliable Yoga instructor and birth assistant. When she opened Stepping Stone Yoga Studio in the summer of 2016, Pippa also dreamed into reality the Red Yurt Project: A devoted space and concept providing her passion to empower women, celebrate life, and raise awareness of our interconnectedness with one another and Nature.
Words from Pippa:
I grew up on the east coast of Massachusetts, US to an Australian mother and father from New Jersey (my Poland/Russia/German heritage) and had the opportunity to grow up knowing my mother's side of the family too, as I visited Australia every five years of my life. Life to me is a before and after feeling: Before my brother and father died, I had a very fortunate upbringing, surrounded by love, support, and comforts. I was a serious athlete and devoted my time mainly to soccer and then helping to create a lacrosse program in our high school (but not really knowing the sport very well) ended up with all-league status in the sport. After my brother and father died, I changed a lot. Although I got into Vates because of soccer, I ended up quitting and taking a leave of absence to go immerse myself at a Yoga ashram.
After dabbling in the Liberal Arts at Bates College in Maine, learning how Yoga was my way to healing, and then traveling and volunteering in Tanzania and Thailand, I found my way back home to get my ducks in a row and transferred to the University of British Columbia where I joined the School of Human Kinetics to study more about the human body and how it functions within movement. Before UBC, I joined two friends on a bicycle journey to raise money for cancer and bipolar research via the northern tier route of America from West to East coast (this was a true test of endurance, yes, but no match for what I witnessed through childbirth years later). We raised $12,000 collectively. Fast forward through UBC, travels to Alaska, an engagement that didn't work out, and other shenanigans, I finished my B.Sc. in Wellness and Alternative Medicine at JSC in Vermont, gave birth at home with a super supportive Birth Team and now current Partner, then opened SSYS and the Red Yurt Project here in the wonderful land of Coywolves & bobcats!
2004-05, 2007 Bates College - Liberal Arts
2005-06 Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health - Yoga Teacher certification
2008 Trans-America bicycle ride 2008
2008, 2009 University of British Columbia - School of Human Kinetics
2010 Johnson State College - Wellness & Alternative Medicine, B.Sc.
2011 The Farm - Midwife Assistant Training
2014 Midwife International, Guatemala - Midwife Training
2015 Prenatal Method - Prenatal Yoga certification
2015 DONA International - Labor/Birth Doula training
Lifestyle Entrepreneur of:
Pippa Hippa Hoops,
Sacred in the Round,
Stepping Stone Yoga Studio,
Sacred Circle School of Hooping Arts,
& the Red Yurt Project
Aspiring (be it now on the back-burner) Homebirth Midwife
Completely off-grid Sustainable Living
Goats and Gardens
To show my daughter the world & let her shine brightly her unique light
To contribute to the rebuilding of Mallacoota, VIC after the fires of 2020 New Year…
Red Yurt Project