Another “Stronger Self” through Yoga and Group Training
For the past twenty years, I have been plagued with shoulder, neck, and hip problems. (I think it’s from lugging around four children!) I have sought relief by visiting doctors, chiropractors, massage therapists, and even an acupuncturist. Although I was able to find some temporary relief from these practitioners, nothing provided me with lasting relief. Moreover, middle age, weight gain, and menopausal symptoms had left me resigned to the belief that I would have to deal with these aches and pains for the rest of my life.
When I walked into My Stronger Self a year and a half ago, however, things began to change. Strength training and cardio training helped me to feel fit and strong. I began losing weight and inches, and, while I was feeling more positive, I was still dealing with neck, shoulder, and back issues.
Several people recommended that I try Denise’s yoga class, but I was reluctant. I had participated in several different yoga classes over the years, and my experiences had not been happy ones. Some of these classes were extremely competitive, with instructors pushing participants to achieve and maintain positions which seemed to me to be physically impossible; others were heavy into “new age” style practices with chanting and meditation.
When I finally tried Denise’s class, I was pleasantly surprised. The atmosphere was supportive and pleasant. There were no competitiveness and no “religious” feel to the classes. I was able to participate fully from the very beginning. Denise was very sensitive and supportive of my needs, explaining techniques and poses clearly and thoroughly and encouraging all participants to “honor their bodies” and not feel negative about any physical limitations they might have.
I remember leaving that first class feeling limber, loose, and eager to return. Since then I have been participating regularly in the yoga classes offered at My Stronger Self. My first impressions of Denise and her class continue to be affirmed. I’ve found Denise to be a gentle, warm, and caring instructor who is genuinely concerned about the needs of her students. She challenges us at our individual levels, continually encouraging us. The atmosphere she creates is warm, relaxed, and comfortable. I leave yoga classes with a feeling of accomplishment and a renewed peace of mind. In fact, when I am prevented from attending classes due to travel or other commitments, I notice a difference immediately and can’t wait to get back into my regular routine.
I am happy to share that I have been able to manage my neck, back, and shoulder issues since I’ve been regularly attending yoga classes. Yoga has provided me with other, unexpected benefits as well. My menopausal symptoms of mood swings, night sweats, and hot flashes have virtually disappeared. The mind-body connection emphasized in yoga classes overflows into my daily life enabling me to feel more in control and less stressed out (particularly important during this busy time of year). I feel more confident and positive than I have in years. I’ve found that yoga classes complement the strength training and cardio classes at My Stronger Self by providing greater flexibility and strength in both my body and mind. I heartily encourage anyone to explore yoga classes at My Stronger Self.
Thank you Barb Falconer for that wonderful testimonial!
Just another reason to join us here at My Stronger Self Fitness. Denise is RYT (Regsitered Yoga Teacher) 200 and comes to us with over 25 years experience. You will find Denise teaching every Wednesday at 10:30am & 6:30pm as well as on Saturday’s at 9:45am. Drop-ins are welcome at just $8/class. You can view our complete schedule online just click here.