Yoga has really helped me become a better runner by strengthening my core and stretching my muscles. Prior to yoga, I was more prone to injury and did a poor job stretching properly. Amy Vetter is a fantastic teacher and very in touch with her class. She offers options for poses to accommodate those of all skill levels in her class. With the help of yoga and Amy, I just ran my fastest marathon time!
After adding yoga into my life I have increased flexibility, which has strengthened my joints to prevent injuries and I cope with stress in a much better way. My body balance and overall health have improved my cardio health, strength and energy levels are the best they've ever been. I recognize yoga's ability to improve you physically, mentally and emotionally through its breathing techniques, poses, and meditation. I now feel great, rejuvenated and invigorated.
I'm not flexible, I can't contort my body in a million different ways...but when I am in a yoga class none of that matters because I know that I am doing what's best for my body and don't care or think about what I look like. Yoga is an escape for me and the benefits are an added bonus!
Amy was my first yoga instructor, and the best!!! She knows my strengths and weaknesses and she adjusts our practice to suit my needs. I never feel better than when I am 'yoga-ing' with Amy!
I started my son in yoga at age 7. He quickly found his passion for yoga and has been my yoga partner ever since. What has been so amazing to watch is how he has been able to incorporate it into his everyday life and feel peace when he is practicing. I knew he understood yoga when he first tried out for swim team and he said to me after practice, “Mom, I feel the same feeling when I am swimming than when I do yoga!” Hopefully, yoga will always be something he can carry with him throughout his life and find that sense of peace whenever he needs it.
Lori Allen’s can-do attitude makes her students feel that any pose is possible. No judgment, no pressure, just positive encouragement and the absolute belief that her students can do whatever they try. My boyfriend and teenage daughter also go to Lori's classes; she has students from their teens to their 70's and all leave feeling empowered and encouraged. She devotes much thought and attention to getting just the right mood and vibe with her music choices contributing to the positive atmosphere!
Practicing yoga has helped me to realize many of my self imposed limitations and gain a new perspective for what I am capable of. It also has allowed me to grow physically and spiritually in ways that I had not anticipated as well as providing me a place to get centered when life gets chaotic.
Danielle Cox exudes passion for yoga, love for her students and cultivates a practice with deep respect for students’ bodies, abilities and preferences but still challenges us to move beyond our self-imposed limits. She encourages you to work hard—no doubt about it, but there is no overt competitiveness that can sometimes infect power yoga classes; rather, the students follow Danielle’s example and support one another. Danielle encourages students to make the practice their own, but don’t be surprised when you find yourself doing inversions or backbends with a strength you never knew you had.
Because of numerous body aches, I defaulted to yoga out of necessity. After taking Amy's classes, I discovered the amazing benefits of yoga: a heightened and improved sense of self and body, grace and, last but not least, an incredible sense of peace and harmony. I have been hooked ever since!