Client Testimonials for SoulFire

Client Testimonials for Healing Services

“I have been blessed to experience yoga instruction and Reiki healing with SoulFire. She truly is a soul on fire, filled with passion for her healing work and uplifting others to reach their greatest potential. This is why I had her on my show as a special guest—a very special guest! I highly recommend her as an instructor, healer and life coach.”
Grace Grella, Intuitive/medium host of “The Grace Grella Show”

“SoulFire is a bright shining light of an individual and I have seen her many times for healing. In conversation she allows me the space to express myself and my feelings but always gently returns to the core of the situation, seeking truth and diluting ones’ illusions. SoulFire is the kind of person who lives so purely, standing in her joy, that simply being around her helps to uplift me toward my higher self. She is insightful, positive and genuine. After chatting with her a bit and receiving reiki, I feel lighter-more centered, happy and connected. She leaves me with helpful pieces of wisdom and things to practice in order to keep my peace. SoulFire is a friend, and a beautiful healing soul whom I am lucky to know.”
Hannah Clock

“I will say that I’ve done a number of sessions with SoulFire and never know what to expect. But I have ALWAYS felt amazing when I’ve left, and she’s always left me with ‘homework’ to help enhance and continue the experience. I highly recommend you schedule some time with her today!”
Sue Montana

“SoulFire’s approach towards life and yoga is truly inspirational. She is one of the most giving people I have met. She shares her passion and love for yoga in a way that is motivational. When I met her I was physically and emotionally broken. Her teaching has brought me to the happiest and healthiest I have ever been in my life. She possesses a real gift with her ability to be understanding and cognizant of each of her pupils’ needs. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to meet her and learn yoga from her. Namaste.”
Jonathan Tibett, Smithtown NY

“Just wanted to tell you I’ve had no vertigo since my treatment yesterday! Thank You!! True Healer!”
Bert Gordy, Acupuncturist

“I have been working with SoulFire for almost eight years now. I have been going through a stressful time in my life for the last five years and I am convinced without her knowledge, expertise, and healing abilities I would not be as healthy physically and mentally as I am now. The difference between getting a massage and getting one from SoulFire is that you can feel her caring through her hands. She is also a wealth of information for any questions or concerns I have regarding health and wellness.”
Anonymous (Lloyd Harbor, NY)

“Thank you SoulFire for putting me back together, your extensive knowledge of overall health and fitness has been crucial for me getting back on track. I can’t thank you enough for all your hard work helping me achieve my goals.”
Steve Prescia, US Navy Seal

“I had a wonderful reiki session with SoulFire! I had been feeling out of sorts and felt a cold coming on to boot. I scheduled a session with SoulFire and didn’t quite know what to expect, but I was so pleasantly surprised! I not only felt better right after our session, but I had a great night’s sleep, woke up energized, and the congestion that had been building up was gone.”

“The Dragon’s Breath was truly healing! If you have not experienced it, you definitely need to! I went into the session feeling a bit stressed and uptight which we at the beginning of the session we discovered my chakras weren’t balanced. Immediately after the unique and healing session, my chakras were so open and in balance. It was amazing to see how effective and quick the Dragon’s Breath worked! I left feeling so much lighter, calm and full of love and light!”
Jen Carpenter

“I have been going to SoulFire for Reiki healing for a few years. She is nothing but amazing! She has a gift of healing that goes beyond anything known. Not only do I do Reiki, my dog had major spinal surgery in December with complications that followed. She suggested Reiki for him. I truly believe her special gift has gotten him to progress faster than we had hoped. He has even surprised the medical professionals with his healing. She truly has a special gift and a beautiful soul.”
Kathy Moran

Testimonials for Yoga

“Like many women who have turned 50, I began to look at ways to take better care of myself and improve my health. I had thought about doing Yoga for a very long time. In my work, I’ve worked with several Yoga practitioners and have always been impressed at what the practice of Yoga did for them not only physically but also mentally. Therefore, I reached out to SoulFire to help me develop an exercise routine that help address the effects sitting at a computer for most of the day. Using her years of experience and knowledge of the human body she came up with a routine for me relieve stress, strengthen and improve my flexibility. So it began. I have never had an exercise routine that I stuck with…until SoulFire. I had never done Yoga before either. The routine she came up with was easy to follow and was actually fun to do. Before I knew it I was doing an hour of exercise every day and I enjoyed it! Me, the one who hadn’t exercised regularly since high school! I realized that for that hour (or for any amount of time) I was focused totally on myself. The thoughts of work, what I had to do, the shopping that had to be done, etc., all went away. There was only me, doing something positive for myself. What a gift that was!”

“Besides gaining more strength and flexibility, SoulFire helped me remember that taking time for myself was a blessing not only for me but all those around me. It was something I didn’t know was missing until, with her expert guidance, I found. I’m doing something for myself that makes me feel good. Many times we give all that we have to others and don’t reflect that generosity back onto ourselves. I will be forever grateful to SoulFire that she helped me me kind to myself, to focus on me for a change. Her routines are wonderful for the body, mind and soul.”
— Laura P., Brooklyn NY

“I’ve been plagued with a lower back problem that causes what I’ve been told is sciatic pain. It’s gotten slowly worse over the years to the point which I can’t walk or hike and paddling gives me trouble as well. While I wouldn’t call myself a skeptic I was pleasantly shocked at how quickly I felt relief after only 2 sessions. I have a hard time accepting that, but there it is, and I just wanted to thank you for teaching me something you are clearly devoted to. I do like the spiritual aspect you bring to the class as well and it comes at a time that I am redoubling my meditation effort so it all flows together nicely. You have a rare and beautiful spirit.”
— Val Brinkman, Sayville, NY

“A horrific neck injury took my golf game from the mid-70s to the low 100s at best. Shoulder injuries were such that I could no longer swim. Just one year of yoga with SoulFire has my golf game in the low-80s and falling, and I’m swimming like the fish I used to be. I assure you it is time well spent.”
— Joesph N. Rizzo, JR. Esq

“I am so grateful I found Soulfire. My regular Yoga instructor moved to Arizona, and you know how that is.  You think you will never find someone that will replace them.  I decided to start experimenting.  I am not a died hard Yogi, though I am committed.  
“When I happened upon Soulfire, it was at a drop-in class at Honl’s beach.  She was soft-spoken, welcoming, and unassuming.  I was not intimidated, and soon knew it was a good fit. 
“I quickly realized that she was connecting the class to the sound of the waves, the breeze coming off the water, the warmth of the sun, and the sound of the wind in the coconut palms overhead.  Our breath and awareness were synchronized with our environment.  Our intentions were so clearly part of the sensory experience. I highly recommend Soulfire if you are starting out, or have experience and want to go a little deeper into your practice. 
“She leads her classes by feel.  The flow through poses surprises me every week. Her practice is a mix of strength, flow, meditation, and relaxation.  I am amazed the day after every class, how my entire body feels stretched and sore in all the right ways.  My job is very physically taxing, and I work harder knowing her class the next morning will release all of my kinks, reduce all my soreness, and leave me relaxed, peaceful and light in a heavy time of life.  I look forward to my weekly sessions. I’ve never felt more tuned in with my body and mind. And the workout I get amazes me. I love to workout, and this class gives me that all over body muscle soreness I could never have anticipated.”
“I love that I am increasing my flexibility and strength.  She challenges me to try balances and poses I have not tried before, and gives options for all levels.  She makes it fun!”
“And I have enjoyed trying some more breath-work and meditation, not something I practiced with teachers in the past. I find my emotions are more balanced because she really has us focus on intention.  I look forward to seeing her very week.  And I am even reading her book, to understand how such a sweet, strong woman got to this place of serving others with heart and light.”
“Soulfire is a beautiful, bright, and open. ( Her side-kick pooch Karma is an absolute Bonus!) Please do not hesitate to join one of her classes, or if you are fortunate enough, to share one on one time in private sessions.”
Jennifer G., Hawai’i

“There are many styles of Yoga, and Yoga instructors. I will not pretend to know them all or their differences. I will only say that through instinct and empathy SoulFire appears able to dissect to the core of one’s weaknesses, fears and disabilities, then tailor an approach that maximizes results while minimizing apprehension. Her knowledge of technique and passion for Yoga is only surpassed by a tenderness of temperament and genuine love for people.
”I have never felt better.
”And…my joints now know they were hinged for a reason.”
Dr. Larry Altschul, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.S.E., Cardiologist

“Yoga is essential for any athlete. There is no better teacher than SoulFire. With her, you’re not only going to get a full body workout, but you’re going to improve your balance, coordination, and focus. SoulFire and her teachings need to be a part of any serious athletes training routine.”
Pete Vlahakis, Long Island Lizards

“SoulFire is a truly gifted teacher who is generous with her time, energy and spirit. She provides specific, insightful instruction, guiding her students to achieve their healthiest, most enlightened place. She enables her students to discover their own personal “soul fire” within themselves inviting them to let their inner light shine! I am so grateful for your love, light and inspiration. Thank you for being YOU and for instilling such grace, virtue, and passion in all that you do!”
Dana Livoti, Intuitive Psychic Medium, Archangel Channeler

“I have been SoulFire’s student for over three years. My first noticeable physical effect of doing yoga was increased flexibility and range of motion in joints. Yoga practice has increased my strength because the postures use my own weight to resist itself in balance poses and has toned my muscles. Mentally, yoga practice has resulted in a more positive attitude in handling whatever life throws at me. SoulFire is an expert in anatomy and physiology. She knows which muscle groups are engaged in each posture. She tailors each class to students’ ability. She explains variations of the posture, so each student can adjust to their experience and comfort. There is no “competition” or judgment in the classes. Each does their own practice according to their ability and progress from there. The contraindications are explained for each posture, so if one has high blood pressure or physical limitation, a variation is given. The students are supportive of each other and welcome newcomers. Namaste!”
Marius C. Suditu, Electronics Engineer, Air Techniques, Inc.

“If you want to experience yoga in its truest and most profound meaning, I strongly suggest that you practice with SoulFire.  She honestly and caringly teaches you how to make your body, mind and spirit extremely strong and will inspire you to look inside and rediscover the inner light of your very being, your soul, your divinity; the very essence of who we all are.  I have practiced with a number of instructors over the years and I must say that SoulFire is a rare gem among yoga teachers.  I have been a dedicated student of SoulFire for several years and I highly recommend  that you take her class.”
Kathleen Bannon

“In my 23 years of practice as a Chiropractor I have been in a continual quest for all methods that will optimize the human condition. Three years ago, I discovered the blessing of adding a Yoga practice to mine and my patient’s life. I consider Chiropractic and Yoga to be a literal “match made I heaven” I have been especially blessed to have been given SoulFire as one of my Yoga teachers. It is rare that you find so much wisdom, skill, commitment and compassion all rolled up in just one person, however when you meet SoulFire is quite evident that she possesses all that and more. I see SoulFire as someone who has taken her life’s challenges and transform them into an effective arsenal of knowledge, wisdom and skill that can be utilized by any willing person to bring themselves to greater levels of health, wealth and happiness.”
Dr. Richard A. Mabanta, D.C.

Spinal Health Testimonials

“We Got Your Back workshop was very worthwhile. Soulfire and Dr. Rick are a great team who provided a lot of useful and beneficial information and yoga postures to help us deal with an issue that affects so many people who suffer from chronic back pain. Thank you both.”

Linda Geyer

“I want to start by saying that I’ve been on my own journey for some time trying to find out how to take care of myself. I’ve been to chiropractors and purchased yoga DVDs for back health. I didn’t know what to expect from your workshop but I was glad to see it.

“It was great to see and hear from everyone in the room. It really showed how many people were dealing with similar issues. Having a yoga instructor who experienced back problems and a chiropractor to incorporate his knowledge and skills was terrific. Going through the yoga poses with your guidance was very helpful as well as having the printed materials to continue our practice when we return home. Thanks again for all the effort you put in to help us along our path.”

Chris Ferrara

“They got your back because they know your back! Wonderful workshop! SoulFire and Rick have an abundance of knowledge and warmth that they bring to classes. SoulFire practices what she teaches because of her own journey with her back issues she can share genuine information. She is inspiration! Rick’s professional background along with his knowledge gave very important information on how to safely apply your body to yoga. Rick gives amazing adjustments as well! Thank you guys!”

— Karen Britton, RYT

“One of the best yoga workshops I have ever taken, the combination of SoulFire’s passion and yoga knowledge paired with Rick’s scientific understanding of the body was really perfect for me. I learned so many new important facts about my body, spirit and emotions. How important is to remember to relieve stress and love my Self and my Body Temple. I woke up the next day back pain free for the first time in almost 3 months. I am so excited to take it again and I would highly recommend this workshop to anyone who has had back issues, and/or anyone who just wants to deepen their understanding of yoga, and the philosophy of Self Love.”

Matt O’Grady, CEO Harmonia Media

“Thank you so much for taking the time to offer such an all encompassing workshop. It was the perfect blend and balance of speaking, illustrating, teaching and meditation. I highly recommend this workshop to those with back issues as well as people who want to maintain the integrity of their spines and avoid spinal issues down the road.
Many blessings to you and Dr. Rick! You work so beautifully together. It was perfect synergy.”

Kathleen Bannon

“By blending chiropractic treatment with basic yoga, I am now in good shape and my pain now ranges from zero to mild. This was, however, the first time I had attended a lecture on how the combination comes together in such a powerful way to heal and it was great to then spend quite some time with the class learning of a whole range of yoga movements that would enhance one’s overall conditioning and sense of well being.”

“Both Rick and SoulFire are exceptionally knowledgable and have a wonderful way of teaching.”

“As a bonus, the class ended with a short but inspiring period of meditation.”

— Tim

“As a person who has a good deal of back discomfort, I’ve been wondering which yoga poses I could use to better myself. Aside from that, both SoulFire and Dr. Mabanta placed an emphasis on self-care, self-love, appreciation, gratitude and other things that we seem to forego, while many of our psychosomatic conditions manifest themselves in their absence.”

“We Got Your Back is great for people at all levels of yoga knowledge, and anyone who is interested in taking better care of themselves.”

— Adam, School Teacher

“The yoga is making a HUGE difference in my day to day!”

— Travis, Zumba Teacher

“I went to a Yoga/Anatomy class taught by Ms. Soulfire and Dr Rick Mabanta at the Shaolin Temple in East Northport NY. They showed us how to care for your spine and back now and long term. Dr Rick did an incredible job explaining how the spine works and the proper position for optimal spine health. He demonstrated which parts of your spine connect to muscle groups in your body from a Chiropractic perspective and how problems arise from certain conditions. Ms. Soulfire taught a very thorough and well led Yoga session focused on poses that improve flexibility and strength. She also showed us how to use props like blocks and straps to help us reach a deeper expression. Ms. Soulfire had some amazing tips and tricks to use outside the studio to improve spine health from too much time driving, working on computers and phone activities. Together they covered a myriad of spinal related topics. I have to say this was a fantastic class. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to gain more knowledge or make their back feel better.”
Gerrard Hayes

“I have practicing dentistry for 32 years now pain-free. I started suffering with back pain for about 7 months and after many days of taking medication—from steroid injections in my back to Advil every day—I was given the name of a yoga instructor, SoulFire. I never thought that yoga would be my answer and was hesitant after hearing many stories of how you can hurt yourself with yoga. After speaking with SouFire and explained my condition I felt more at ease. She is very compassionate and only helps you do yoga based on your own flexibility—this is why you should start with a private yoga instructor. “

Who would of thought that SouFire would be my answer to practicing dentistry and enjoying my life pain-free again. As a dentist we all know what it is to practice with back pain. Imagine no more pain at the office and at home! An added benefit that I was not expecting is that you even sleep a lot better. SoulFire is passionate about helping people and it shows. She will help you treat your back pain in a caring and compassionate way. Thank you SoulFire for giving me my life, energy, and flexibility back again.”
Dr. Ira Koeppel
Koeppel Dental Group

At the age of 19 while playing football I sustained a devastating knee injury. Doctors told me that I will never compete on the field at the same level ever again. I continued to play, which wasn’t a smart idea. Fast forward, four surgeries later, my knee issues worsened.

As a video journalist, I lug a camera and equipment, ignoring the obvious pain in my knee. I have had interns that have carried the 40 pound bags, but more often I perform solo. I visited several doctors, who have all told me that the only thing that will correct my knee is a “knee replacement,” all I could think about was the pain of yet another surgical procedure.

I produced a story on a woman named SoulFire. Her story introduced me to yoga, stretching and proper massages. After SoulFire instructed me on “how to stretch to strengthen,” I followed her videos on her website. After two weeks, the lingering pain in my knee began to dissipate. I could walk up steps a little faster. Four solid months of the SoulFire “workout,” I no longer need a knee replacement!!! My next venture, it’s on to her yoga classes….SoulFire taught me to “invest in yourself.” I no longer desire to live in the “survival only” rat race. Thank you SoulFire!

Archie Snowden, Video Journalist

“I met SoulFire through Keith Boos at Boos Fitness when I was looking for a personal trainer. I began training with her twice a week to get in better shape for my wedding but it became much more than that for me. I look forward to my weekly workouts with SoulFire because of the knowledge she shares about fitness, nutrition and life in general. My wedding is over now and I’m still dedicated to this fitness journey and continuing to utilize what I’ve learned. SoulFire is an amazing trainer because she really tailors each workout to make sure you will see the results you are looking for. I’m so thankful our paths crossed when they did!”


“I started taking yoga with SoulFire ten years ago. Yes, it was yoga, but it was so much more! I had taken other yoga classes, but SoulFire’s class was different. Not only was the yoga great, but I found that I walked away from each class with special gifts. Sometimes there was a meaningful song, other times the name of an insightful book, and often, it was an inspirational quote or story. All of these things, along with the yoga, contributed to my profound healing and growing…body, mind, and spirit. It was a truly a journey for me. Today, I am still being inspired by SoulFire’s unique style of yoga. She is a true healer and beacon of light, and plants the seeds for learning and growth in all of her students. I feel blessed to have SoulFire in my life!”
Lisa M.

“After almost five years and three surgeries, I have been left with a tremendous amount of physical and emotional pain. I have been to almost every kind of doctor and pain management group on Long Island and NYC. I am currently being treated by my family doctor who has never given up on trying to find someone to help me manage the stress and pain of my injury. He recently handed me a business card with SoulFire’s (Stefania) name on it. I held onto it for three weeks, thinking it was another dead end. I’ve been down that road so many times. He insisted I call her and I finally did.

“From my first phone call I knew this would be different, because she LISTENED! This is a very different approach to my health. SoulFire is a very caring soul. From the pain in my leg area (from the RSD) to my stiff neck from the stress of it all, she is there to help me. From yoga and breathing exercises to massage and nutrition, SoulFire will teach you how to take care of your body and listen to what it needs. She will teach you different ways to handle your pain and stress. “She constantly reminds me that I have been suffering for five years and things will not just change overnight. I have to re-invent myself, care for myself, put myself first. She is helping me cope with my everyday struggles. She is filled with so much information. “I would highly recommend anyone with any type of chronic pain to meet with SoulFire–just one time…to see and feel the difference she can make in your life.”
Kim Scozzari

“As a CrossFit Box owner I know there is a direct correlation between core strength and flexibility between our program and what Soulfire has to offer! I have seen an increase in flexibility and core strength, not only in my members, but also myself. Soulfire is helping us keep our members healthier, stronger, and more mobile on a weekly basis. She is an excellent instructor and an even better person! Thank you Soulfire for all you do for us at CrossFit Undivided.”

Michael Van Bourgondien