FROM A FEW OF MY YOGA STUDENTS:

 

“I’m perfect now that I did yoga.”  

Facebook posting by 62 year old student after class

 

“For the first time in years, this morning I was able to put my pants on while standing.” 

 Feedback from 59 year-old student after 4 classes

 

“I slept better than I have in years.” 

 Comment from 54-year old student after her first class

 

“My chiropractor noticed a big improvement.”  

33 year old student with shoulder and arm injury, after 2 classes

 

“I can get through a day of work without pain and am able to walk every day at lunch now.”  

Private 40 year old student with 15 year chronic pain and disability from bulging lumbar discs

 

“Andree is the perfect instructor for any level of yoga... Andree gently motivates our class to do a little more each week. It is a wonderful experience.” 

Feedback from 61 year old student

 

“I never thought I would enjoy Yoga because any type of exercise has always been intimidating and embarrassing for me.  I have been attending Andree’s class for well over a year now and can do things I never thought possible.”

Feedback from 60 year old student  

 

Yoga

Yoga is a way of moving with the breath, attentively and effortlessly, with mind, emotions, and all parts of the body working in unity. We come to the practice with no goals, open to the possibilities of what we may discover. We let each action originate from our breath, center, and the extension and flow of our spine. Making space within, we can release accumulated tensions in our nervous systems, and expand feelings of energy, awareness, and well-being. 

 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF YOGA?

We need movement to function optimally, and yoga helps to counter the tensions created by our daily repetitive motions, our environment, and the effects of trauma, gravity, and aging. Yoga has been proven to effect positive change, to reduce stress and depression, and to promote balanced being and wellness. Yoga practitioners often notice improved balance, strength, flexibility, concentration, and consciousness and tend to bring these into their creative, athletic, social, intellectual, and professional endeavors. More united in our selves, we can feel more connected with all beings and be more effective in what we do. 

 

WHO CAN DO YOGA?

Yoga can be modified to be safe and beneficial for almost everyone, of all sizes and shapes, from youth to senior citizens. Beginners learn first to breathe, then to move with ease and intention through a series of poses sequenced to increase steadiness, strength, and openness. 

 

BUT... WILL I HAVE TO TIE MY BODY UP LIKE A PRETZEL OR DO GYMNASTIC FEATS?

There are many levels and style of yoga. Advanced yogi’s may appear to knot themselves up, but that’s not the goal. We are all bound up internally already, and yoga helps us remove the knots tying us up. You will be encouraged to honor where your body is today, to try new challenges as ready, but not to force yourself into any posture or to compete with others. 

Yoga is best done on a sticky mat, in loose or flexible clothing. It’s advisable to abstain 

from heavy foods prior to practice. 

Andree Santini 

Illustrating, writing, teaching

All pictures and text © 2020 by Andree Santini.

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