There’s a growing body of evidence today that proves that yoga and meditation can have profound effects on body, mind and spirit. Different kinds of yoga have different effects. Below, the students at Dream Yoga share the impact yoga has had—or is having—on their lives.
“I’ve been active with weight-lifting and various types of aerobic activity for years, but ultimately wanted even more from exercise than physical fitness. Yoga offers the ‘more.’ At Dream Yoga Studio, I’ve taken classes ranging from Gentle/Restorative Yoga through Power Yoga. Yes, I’ve increased my strength, flexibility and balance; but I’ve also challenged my intellect and spirit. I’m developing the skill of patient, non-judgmental self-observation that leads to a life that is conscious, centered, and authentic…rather than one that is reactive to each situation, emotion or pressure. I’ve learned to reduce stress and find peace, no matter the challenges of daily living. Yoga has literally changed me, and changed my life. Plus, it’s FUN!” –Laurie T.
“Yoga helps me get out of my mind and into the moment.” –Maria M.
“In yoga class, I’m always reminded that we can choose a slower pace.” –Wendy M.
“I feel exercised, counseled and peaceful at the end of our class.” –Susan P.
“In my recent visit to the Pulmonologist, I had a Pulmonary Function Test. I removed my oxygen support and, while I waited 10 minutes, I did the yogic breathing you taught me. I was wearing my meter and my oxygen level never dropped below 94. When the Doctor walked in, he was really surprised (and I mean real). He said, “It’s 94, that’s great.” Then he lifted my shirt to listen to my lungs. He said take a deep breath. I started to breathe in. I was slow. I “followed the yogic breath.” At about six seconds into my intake, he said, “Again, “take deep breath.” I broke up and started laughing…as I was still taking the first breath. The doctor just expected me to be breathing short and shallow.” –Bill T. (a private Dream student with COPD)
“Every time I do yoga, I’m different somehow. When I come to yoga class, I let go of my burden. Even the thought of doing yoga helps me relax. With every exhalation, I let go of negativity…and I inhale the power that makes me strong and feel alive again.” –Yodit A.
“I am having a baby in January…and yoga has really given me the opportunity to enjoy my changing body and be super excited for the welcoming of my little one! I want to thank you for expanding my path. I just can’t imagine life without yoga! It has truly had an impact in everything I do.” –Paulina M.
“I really enjoy your Restorative classes. I felt so calm after the class and it was just so calming during the class, yet fun as usual. I recently had a doctor check my blood pressure and it was 124/ something....but the thing is, it hasn't been that low in awhile…. So definite proof that something is working! –Sandy K.
“There’s nothing mundane or boring about yoga. After every yoga class, I experience something different and new about my body and myself as a whole….I think most of our life’s problems could be better solved if yoga played an integral part in the process of solution.”
“I do yoga because it feels so good….and I now know that feeling good doesn’t have to hurt. Yoga addresses equally my need for strength and flexibility. Afterwards, you feel your best. You often feel like you’re walking on clouds!” –Susan D.
“Yoga is like a soothing balm during a blustery time in my life. It has amazed me how profoundly your/my yoga class continues to support me through these challenges. It seems as though every week’s intention was designed for my life at that moment.” –Lisa G.
“Through yoga, I have found the steps to find spiritual freedom. Practicing the physical yoga and living the yoga lifestyle connects all forms of the body. I now have the tools to be happy.” –Allison C.
“I’m a very senior lady. When I had surgery recently, the little training I had in yoga helped me so much. I was told to deep breathe with no instructions except to inhale through a tube every hour. I was ahead of the curve because yoga helped me understand deep breathing. Also, getting out of bed was so painful. Using the method I learned in yoga class to rise from the floor made all the difference. It would be great if the surgical teams were more into explaining methods for doing things. Using my arms to get up cut way down on the pain.” –Janice S.
“My daughter told me how much she loved coming to class. Because the teacher was such a gentle and calming person, she said, at first she thought the class would be very slow and gentle. But the class was challenging and she enjoyed that very much! –Alicia R.
“My boyfriend loved the class! He texted me later on in the day to say that he was soooo BEING…. He felt so relaxed.” –Susie. K.
“Yoga has truly changed my perspective on everything, especially myself. Yoga inspires me to be a better person....I wish all humans were yogis. Then things would be a lot nicer.” –Rachel F.
“The classes at Dream Yoga are small and caring. I’ve always found the Kripalu approach much more to my liking.” –Susan B.
“On behalf of Childhelp Children’s Center of Virginia Mentor and Tutor Program, I would like to Thank You for your services at our girls night. The girls had a terrific time! They thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We appreciate the time you all put into the event.” --Nick H.