Yoga has shaped my appearance and been instrumental in shaping my heart and soul. In the year and half that I have been practicing I have changed for the better; grown spiritually and loved more than I ever thought possible. If you allow yourself to open up to the endless teachings of yoga by Sunstone, then you are in for a joyous ride.
No matter how much stress I am under, I always leave my class feeling better than when I went in.
I walked into the first class bent over and came out with no pain and walking straight up.
Since starting yoga, I have had no back problems at all. My life has improved and so have my golf scores.
I've lost about 20 pounds since I started last December.
My doctor initially did not recommend this activity, and said that I would be seeing a lot more of him if I did yoga. After about 6 months he told me my posture was better, the sway in my back had diminished and that my overall health had improved. He recommends it now.
I know that my yoga practice has improved my core strength, which allowed me to work through my injury and basically continue my lifestyle as if nothing had happened.
Since I started practicing at Sunstone, I've noticed a shift in body composition, a more healthy approach to eating, increased flexibility, increased focus and a sense of serenity.
I came 4 or 5 times a week for those first few months, and immediately felt more physically and mentally balanced.
My running form improved and I felt stronger in spin class and when lifting weights.
It has helped me with the stress in my life. I have learned to rely on breathing to calm myself instead of reacting hastily to outside annoyances.
My upper body and legs are leaner and I am getting back my waistline and muscle tone.
My friends have commented on my overall appearance, telling me that I look rested and I am walking taller. Maybe I have grown an inch from all that stretching.
Improved deep sleep, weight loss, and less cravings of bad food, as well as my worship of water intake, all sort of happened on their own. I feel relaxed all of the time.
My original goals of fixing my bad shoulder, avoiding carpel tunnel surgery, and healing my painful right knee have all been solved.
Before April 2005, I can't remember a time in my life when I didn't want to change everything about my body, when I couldn't accept it for what it was- I wanted to be skinnier, smaller, lighter, have more muscle in one place, less in another - a consistent fight I thought I would battle for the rest of my life. And then came the yoga.
What my friends and family want to know is: has yoga made you lose weight? Yes! But more importantly I have a connection that has taught me not to hate my body anymore; I have awareness and a deeper understanding of why it is so important to take care of myself, both mentally and physically.
My body physically craves yoga: the sweat, the release and the wonderful feeling of accomplishment at the end of class. I have come to a place now where my mind and spirit crave it as well; to bring in and share positive energy with my classmates, to be calm, focused, and to give to others what I learn in class.
As a businessperson, I immediately recognized the excellence of the Sunstone operation. The instructors were great, the business side worked well, and everyone was welcoming and encouraging.
No matter who is in the room, it feels like a community. The different teaching styles are welcomed and I never feel embarrassed if I fall out of a balancing pose or can't even reach my toes! When class is over, I feel ready to face the world.
The nagging little pains and soreness from running I had learned to accept began to disappear. I rarely have pain in my body now. When I do, it's normally gone after one visit to the studio.
I like to practice yoga at the end of the day because it helps me to integrate, accept and release. Yoga is about strength, balance, focus, self control and clarity.
Weight loss, cellulite loss, lower stress, improved mental perspective and a healthier lifestyle are all benefits I've gained coming to Sunstone Yoga.
This form of working out is absolutely the best program to keep me in tune with my body, and my mind and how my whole system is affected by them.
Most unexpected is the amount of weight I have lost without even changing my diet. When I started I weighed 198lbs. 60 classes later I weigh 173lbs. That's 25lbs - what a nice surprise.
I have never felt so good about everything and had so much energy during the day. I would like to thank all of the instructors for the great job they do by making it a very enjoyable place to practice. You have all made a very big difference in my life.
I would encourage anyone who is thinking of trying Sunstone Yoga to go ahead and do it!
One of the most unique qualities of the Yoga classes is the staff of highly trained instructors who create such an energetic environment in EVERY class that I have attended.
I truly believe that it can help change your outlook on life, and make you look deep inside yourself for answers that have always been there but may not surface.
At Sunstone, I got the best of both worlds - the mental and personal benefits and challenges that regular yoga offers along with an incredible physical workout.
Sunstone offers a great amount of instruction and practice on the "yoga-side" of things, which I like. You just have to try out different classes and teachers to find out about it. It's not just about sweating.
After a class, I feel as if I have detoxified my entire body by sweating out anything that my body didn't desire to have in it. No amount of sweating that I've ever done, even in my time on a crosscountry running team or in the Marine Corps, compares with the purifying feeling of leaving Sunstone's studio after a class.
Yoga has changed my life more than I ever realized it could. I thought losing weight would be the most satisfying and rewarding part of it, but instead, it is how I have grown as a person. I have learned to accept things for what they are and not try to change them. I've learned what my body is capable of doing each day and honoring that. I have also learned to accept my body for its uniqueness.
At 61 years I am 1/2 inch taller then I was at 45 when I began yoga.
*Student testimonial disclaimer: Your results may be better or worse!