Stacy McCarthy has been at the forefront of the yoga, fitness and health industries for more than 30 years. Through her business, Yoga Namastacy she’s developed a collection of best-selling online videos, books, and trainings, and has contributed her expertise on yoga and health to countless media outlets and conferences.
An award-winning health & fitness leader, accomplished businesswomen, captivating speaker and respected educator, she was recognized for her contributions to the field of health and wellness as a seasoned mindful movement educator and integrative wellness thought leader, as the 2021 IDEA World Fitness Instructor of the Year, a prestigious award recognizing superior instructional abilities and positive influence within the global health and fitness industry.
In 2014, SAYCO recognized Stacy with a “Hero of Yoga” award for exemplifying the yoga lifestyle and community outreach. She has taught tens of thousands of students and mentored several hundred teachers. In addition, she is a Professor of Yoga Studies at Miracosta College Kinesiology, Health and Nutrition Program.
Stacy’s recognized for her health and wellness coaching, yoga and mindfulness practices, positive psychology interventions, and culinary whole food, plant-based food as medicine.
Stacy’s professional tenure in health and fitness includes Chief Operating Officer of four Frog’s Athletic Clubs, Southern California Director of Fitness Programming for Club One, a partner in Beaming Superfood Cafes and a consultant to numerous yoga studios and fitness clubs. Stacy holds a B.S. in Exercise Physiology and was inducted into the Yoga Alliance at it’s highest level.
Stacy’s yoga journey began thirty-five years ago. Her teaching is in the lineage of T. Krishnamacharya combining the alignment of B.K.S.Iyengar with the breath, focus and flow of Ashtanga. Her cutting edge classes are unique, as she uses a variety of techniques and tools for accessing and sustaining mental, emotional and physical well-being.
Not only is Stacy an advanced practitioner herself, she is known for intelligent sequencing that meets her students where they are in their own practice in a system that inspires beginners and experienced students alike. Her specialty is teaching women no matter what their age, how to have a powerful body and peaceful mind without dieting or excessive exercise. She is passionate about her contribution to the health and success of her students.
Prior to focusing on yoga, Stacy was an All American Swimmer, a World Champion Freestyle Frisbee player and a Group Fitness Instructor.
Along her journey, Stacy gained knowledge and insight that Yoga is about getting rid of the mirrors and judgment of how you look, turning down the music so you can hear your breath and getting connected to how you feel. It’s about working the body intelligently, holistically with balance and feeling. The by-product of a regular yoga practice is a lean, strong flexible body, a calm mind and a deeper connection to yourself and everyone around you.
Armed with this knowledge, a daily practice of yoga and meditation and passion for helping others, she shares her education and experience around the world. A gifted and inspirational teacher, Stacy has adopted a more balanced approach of self-acceptance and moderation and realized that being healthy is not defined by the number of hours you workout or the amount of calories you eat, but by the joy and fullness of your life physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. She invites everyone to join her in creating rituals and practices to live a balanced life in a beautiful, healthy, mind body and soul.