Testimonials from Our Customers • yogaErie
In the two years of coming to my mat to experience yoga I have improved my strength, flexibility, focus, and breathe/breathing. Thanks to the skilled YogaErie teachers I am able to get deeper into the postures and to hold them for longer periods. I am actively improving my eating habits in order to maximize my results, mental as well as physical. Off the mat I am more physically and mentally centered. Yoga is a great physical workout by itself or a complement to a current plan. In my case, it was a complement to a current plan but has become my primary workout.
I started practicing yoga about 6 months ago, and I have to say it is awesome! I had a foot injury which kept me from doing more high impact activities, so I thought I should give yoga a try. I loved it right away and have been practicing regularly since then. Even though my foot is healed, I am not giving up yoga. In fact, it is my exercise of choice now. Sometimes I give up doing other things so I can make a yoga class. I cannot believe what an amazing work out yoga is! I leave class feeling like I have worked every muscle in my body. I started out thinking I would do yoga once a week, but now I try to practice 3 to 4 times a week at a minimum. Yoga has taken me to places I never thought I would go, physically, mentally and spiritually. Something I cannot be without now is my yoga mat.
I have been practicing yoga at yogaErie for a little over 2 years, and I have to say it is the most challenging thing I have EVER done in my life. Yet, there is no competition, no judgment and no expectation. In the past, I had interest in yoga and had gone to numerous classes and used DVD’s, but they did not capture my attention or my passion. Is it the heat, the teachers, the flow or the energy I experience from the other students? It’s all of the above. The heat makes it comfortable and sometimes uncomfortable. It creates an atmosphere that allows the student to warm up quickly and seems to allow for degrees of flexibility that once seemed unattainable. The teachers are knowledgeable, kind, and encouraging. They help you to give yourself exactly what you need for that class. They encourage you to be true to yourself at that moment in your day. “What do you need? What does the class need? What does the world need?” These are the questions I pose to myself throughout class. The flow is challenging. It pushes you; it creates an endurance that no other athletic activity can provide. It teaches you to breathe. That sounds ridiculous because we all know how to breathe, but the most important part of the class is the breath. It teaches you to sit with discomfort. You learn to be mindful, to focus, concentrate, breath and accept the very moment you are experiencing. The flow can be difficult, or it can be kind and gentle. It depends on where the student is on any given day. It’s up to you. And, of course there is the energy. Few words can describe the energy I experience during a yoga class. Words don’t do it justice, so I will just say you need to experience it for yourself. Interestingly, the most beneficial factor of yoga does not come from class itself, but how my life is experienced off the mat. Since I have begun I have experienced an inner peace that I had never known before becoming a yogi. There I’ve said it, I’m a yogi now. In the past 2 years I have become a yogi and it doesn’t get any better than that!
...my April challenge went great! Stepping up my practice to 5-6 times a week really helped me focus on other goals like hydrating. After 30 days, I'm happy to say my diet soda habit is all but broken! I went from a minimum of one a day to one a week at most. I also wanted to send a note to all of you to say thanks as well. Some folks know I work at Gannon in the ministry department and during the month of April, two students died in really traumatic circumstances. It's my job to provide emotional and spiritual support and that month was a blur of incredibly long days and lots of time spent with folks experiencing deep, deep grief. Because of the nature of the work, holding other up also becomes exhausting and pain and sorrow become hard to "shake off" at the end of a day. I was so blessed to be able to come to my mat at yogaErie during that very difficult month. I knew every day after work, I had a safe haven to go to, a place to lay it all out. Your studio was a saving grace, but more importantly, I felt deeply cared about by every single instructor. Whether you knew it or not, small act of kindness made a huge different for me. From Jill refunding a workshop to Stacey's wonderful Om Sync to Heather giving me an adjustment in half pigeon that just seemed to open up that last bit of grief I was holding on to - all of you were a huge support to me, even if it was unknown. Please don't ever doubt that what y'all do is so much more than a work out - it makes the world a kinder, more humane and more loving place.
As a nurse, I understand how much someone appreciates it when they are told they are doing a good job. I am new to yogaErie, I have been taking classes, mainly from Heather, probably since January of this year. I have practiced yoga in the past, and have always wanted to improve my skills. The first class from Heather I took, I absolutely fell in love. It was MY KIND OF YOGA! I love the music, I love the energy, and I love the challenge. Being a high school and college level tennis player, I was used to high intensity work outs. I liked yoga, but at times I got bored and felt that I wasn't challenged from other classes I took. This summer I got married. I also went back to school this fall for my Family Nurse Practitioner degree. When my husband and I were sitting down doing our finances and budget, I said "I can cut out yoga and just do the gym membership to save us money". He said "absolutely not!" The truth is, I have been presented with a lot of tough situations in the past 8 or so months, and yogaErie has been my savior. Every time I take a class, I can't wait to share with my husband how much fun I had and what progress I think that I made. It has meant that much to me. It has meant so much that it is apart of my husband's and my newlywed budget (which, as with most newlyweds, is tight!). That is now much it has affected my life. Each class, I can't wait for pigeon pose, and I can't wait for Heather to tell me "take a deep breath, every breath before this is the past". So, as I wanted this to be just a big anonymous THANK YOU to you and Heather, I just want you to know, from the quiet girl who hopes to improve crow pose and who has a terrible forward bend, THANK YOU for all you and the studio do. It has impacted my life and lifted me up, and been there for me when I needed it the most. THANK YOU and NAMASTE!
When I first came to yogaErie I was just looking for a new workout, something that would make me sweat a little, I had no idea what I was getting into. No doubt I broke a sweat and instantly fell in love with the challenging workout. My ego said we gotta go back and try that again. Each time I returned I found it was a little different and each teacher has a slightly different style. Somehow, it's the same but always just a little more challenging than the last time. After fours years of pretty consistent practice I have found so much more than just a good workout. My ego is a lot quieter these days, and I feel incredibly grounded mentally and spiritually. I find things that used to stress and aggravate me don't bother me as much anymore. Yoga has transformed my body physically but it has done more than I ever thought it could for me mentally and spiritually. My day is not complete unless I take the time to practice, even if it's only for a few minutes. My husband doesn't fully understand it, he just thinks I have a yoga addiction and I suppose I do...
Sometimes, it takes great effort to pay attention to what our bodies are trying to tell us as we often allow circumstances in our life to rule how we think and how we feel. I have allowed anxiety to lie to me for too long. It is time for me to open my heart, trust my body and own my story. This is not an easy thing to do and I've discovered that it is a journey at best. Yoga, however, is guiding me through this process and I am truly grateful for that. I have realized that while becoming stronger on the outside is always a good thing, it is the strength that is built on the inside that heals the most and gives us power. Coming to my mat each practice I am reminded to breathe and I have been shown how to connect that breath with movement. I have been taught to be mindful, paying attention only to what is happening in the here and now. I am reminded to let thoughts flow freely without judgment. It is all of this that brings me peace, opens up space, and allows my mind to rest. Very early in my practice, I was curious and confused about the emotion that was released seemingly out of nowhere and it took someone I trust to explain that mind-body-spirit connection. I am discovering that it is the awareness of this delicate connection that will help me through the challenges as well as the joys of life. I was reminded again in practice, that if we own our story, we get to write the ending. While I don't know what my ending will be yet, I do know that through yoga, it will continue to be a journey of growth and change. There will be more self-compassion and less self-judgment. Thank you to Jill and to all of the teachers at yogaErie who nurture all of our bodies, minds, and spirits each time we choose to come to our mats. Namaste.