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Student Stories
Five Element Yoga® Changed Me!
In 2020 I experienced deep fear, anger and grief - along with renewed appreciation for human connection, and the little things that added sweetness to life. My physical ailments intensified, like allergies, eczema and an infection that required three months of antibiotic treatment. During the antibiotic treatment, I found myself feeling weak, foggy headed, tense and anxious, with pre-existing chronic digestive issues getting worse. I had just moved into a new home with my partner, and was out of work, only teaching a few yoga classes a month on zoom. Feeling unfulfilled and ‘not good enough’, I fell hard into
Beyond Grateful for Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra!!
I had suffered with daily physical pain for 26 years. And as for many, 2020 has been physically, financially and emotionally challenging for me. My business was closed for almost five months, and I am now only slowly regaining clients. My stress levels were on the rise with health issues. On top of it all, my daughter was in a serious moped accident that required her to be air-lifted to Boston for treatment. While she was recovering, and also when she slept, I would play Jennifer’s Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra recordings to help her to heal and to be peaceful.
Five Element Yoga®: I've Found Something Magical
My husband was diagnosed with ALS in 2007. In the face of this terrible tragedy, my step-daughter Tamara was always serene while I felt frazzled and fragmented, uncertain of how to deal with my emotions. Watching her practice daily yoga on the porch or in the yard was calming as well and inspirational to me, and obviously was keeping her calm and balanced. She spent as much time as she could with us, helping me to take care of him for seven years. Many people have a special teacher or mentor who has had a positive effect on their lives.
Refreshed By Five Element Yoga®
My family has a history of mental health issues, and I was first introduced to yoga by a sibling, who uses yoga as a way to alleviate anxiety. I myself struggle with clinical depression, generalized anxiety, excessive worry, a heightened sense of responsibility, and perfectionism. I've spent a lifetime worrying about a future I can't control and torturing myself over a past I can't change. I get very tired and feel like often I'm often running on empty! I found Five Element Yoga® and Jennifer Reis through Kripalu which offered information about her. I began taking classes with her and
Great Medicine For Me
I discovered Jennifer Reis a few years ago through a Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra session led by one of her students, who was visiting my home of Key West. Something deep opened up within me during that yoga nidra – I released a well of emotion - and later that day something quite wonderful and serendipitous occurred: I consciously reached out to my late father in my meditation. I acknowledged an apology he’d offered while still living, which at the time I had awkwardly brushed off, minimizing the cause behind the apology, and saying it was ‘unnecessary’. And now, in
My Life Improved With Five Element Yoga®
Eighteen months after being diagnosed with osteoarthritis, I had to undergo a total hip replacement. I tried everything possible to avoid surgery, but my quality of life kept deteriorating to the point that I could no longer take walks. I had to use a cane, when I walked anywhere, and eventually, even around the house. A lover of nature, instead of taking walks along Lake Ontario where I lived, I could only drink in the healing beauty by sitting on a large lake-side rock. And my yoga practice, which I had been practicing to some degree for decades, was limited
I Have Found Fresh + Bright Energy Within
Around nine years ago, I had a serious health scare, that left me with joint pain and neuropathy in my feet. Having been an athlete most of my life, I had to somehow make a shift in my daily living. I had a hard time getting out of bed in the morning, standing and walking. Yoga somehow found me, it was something I could do with my body, and I loved it! I wanted to learn more and to deepen my new practice. For my own depth of knowledge, I decided to do a 300hr Teacher Training. I had absolutely no intention of
Now I'm Proactive Instead of Reactive
I was diagnosed with breast cancer over 20 years ago during my thirties. Having never been ill before, I felt the wind knocked out of life as I knew it. A good friend gave me books to read on mind-body medicine, and introduced me to meditation and yoga. These were a welcome source of comfort and strength as I navigated the uncharted waters of a scary illness and treatments. I am happy to say that chapter ended successfully and also helped shape the person I’ve become. For one thing, it began my yoga journey! Over the years, I took a
My Ultimate Goal Is Meditation
Hearing the words “you have cancer” is devastating on all levels. I am a perfectionist, a hard worker, and I strive for excellence. These personality characteristics and the highly stressful jobs I held for forty-two years were not without cost, chiefly to my health. In 1990, I had surgery to remove a lung due to a rare, untreatable form of cancer. This was not only a physical blow, but it shook me emotionally and psychologically as well. I had complications which nearly cost me my life! But even though I finally recovered, I knew that if the cancer returned, there
First Online Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra Teacher Training A Success!
Two years ago at age 65, I decided to embark on a new career. Most people retire at that age. I wanted instead, to start a new adventure! I was born a teacher - my mother and her four sisters were all teachers, as well as my sister – it’s in my blood! I have taught many disciplines and in many environments throughout my lifetime including ballet, corporate training, and college web design professor. And now, my life is all yoga all the time! Thus, I began to teach a yoga nidra classes each week at our local studio. I