… on Esther Myers Yoga Classes
When I retired I realized it was essential to keep going, to keep working on flexibility in order to prevent all the things that can happen if we are not mobile as we age. Aging is not an easy process, but the yoga can be very helpful in all aspects; physical, spiritual, emotional. And there are a lot of different ages and bodies in the classes I go to, very encouraging.
I like the companionship of the mat and the different activities that are offered. I found in doing the teacher’s training I developed a whole new “career” so to speak.
From the first beginners' class I took the teachers' clued in to my persistent lower back problems. The culture at this Studio notices individuals, their aches and pains as well as their abilities and potential. Teachers always offer tips for adjusting poses. You don't need to worry - as I certainly do in aerobic classes - about straining areas: back in my case, shoulders, knees, wrists, whatever. Of the many things I love about yoga classes here, top of the list is the effort teachers invest in each student to reduce her/his body damage and stress.
Each class is, for me, a beautiful, liberating, even mysterious journey into my body and into stillness, places that I have not been encouraged to explore much in my life. I always leave feeling strong, calm, and empowered. You are doing important healing work for me, and I’m sure many others. I’m very grateful to have discovered yoga, and your particular take on it.
I came because it seemed a good way to expand my physical universe...unwind, stretch my body, and feel better about myself. It makes me feel relaxed and energized at the same time! A combination of moods I previously would not have put together.
Slowly over the last few years my body has seemingly become stronger. The Studio encourages you to trust your body and your senses...and to listen to that small voice inside your head....something I hugely appreciate.
I love the accepting philosophy…the idea that there is no rigid right or wrong...
just something that may be right or wrong for your body at a specific period in time.
I also really appreciate that the focus is on movement....and keeping the body/spine fluid. I like the idea that we can unblock tension and become more at ease. It allows for the possibility of growth and development....physically and mentally.
That's a wonderful feeling for someone getting older...instead of feeling less capable, or less limber,
I feel more able...and more willing to try new things!!
Mary is a psychotherapist practising in Toronto
As my body is aging and I feel the changes in flexibility and endurance I want to keep stretching and embracing the changes rather than resisting them. Yoga helps me do that! I always feel encouraged and respected by all your teachers and never judged and I really enjoy the community of “sister” travellers.
A few years ago at my annual check-up with my physician I discovered that I had grown a half inch!! She did not seem very curious so I decided to share with her the benefits of yoga as I believe that my “growth” was the result of a regular practice.
I came to Esther Myers Yoga Studio eight or so years ago when I retired because I loved your style of teaching. I appreciated the opportunity to continue to grow in my yoga but in a safe and accepting atmosphere. I love yoga and I love the classes at EMYS. I believe yoga has kept me healthy and peaceful.