A healthy approach to eating, increased flexibility, increased focus and a sense of serenity.
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 notice that all of these areas improve when I am able to attend classes on a more regular basis, such as 3 - 5 times a week. I am a firm believer in the benefits of practicing yoga in the hot room.
Fixing my bad shoulder, avoiding carpel tunnel surgery, and healing my painful right knee have all been solved.
I did yoga in the heat for about 6 months before Sunstone and about 160 classes at Sunstone as of this writing. The benefits of increased flexibility are somewhat obvious. However, 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. It takes a commitment but the reward is well worth it. Long-term goals include some more weight loss and mastering the practice. Your instructors will help me to get there.
My body physically craves yoga: the sweat, the release and the wonderful feeling of accomplishment at the end of class.
I came to Sunstone as a former competitive dancer, an aggressive long distance runner and with a small background in gym yoga. I came to learn and expand my practice and I was really looking for a new physical challenge. I discovered this and so much more. I am so pleased and grateful for what yoga, Sunstone, and your instructors have done for me this year.
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. I finally have acceptance, appreciation and a lot less judgment - all true blessings I never expected.
The teachers have taught me to let go in my practice; that the heart and mind open up with the body, that I can challenge myself through the postures and push to be better, yet not be my own constant critic, and to accept each day as its own. I have learned life parallels your practice in so many ways. Dealing with everyday stress is completely different. I have lost the need to panic (your first 10 days will teach this quick!) and have learned to breathe my way through it and not to hang on to negative feelings and emotions. 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. I know I will be a yogi for the rest of my life and I look forward to what it will bring and where it will take me. I could not have gotten to where I am today without your support and guidance!!
Weight loss, cellulite loss, lower stress, improved mental perspective and a healthier lifestyle.
Weight loss, cellulite loss, lower stress, improved mental perspective and a healthier lifestyle are all benefits I've gained coming to Sunstone Yoga. At over 110 classes now, I can truly say that I definitely feel it in my practice when I've had a hard day at work, a confrontation with a special someone, or just an extended period of low quality sleep. 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. Thank you! Thank you!
I have never felt so good about everything and had so much energy during the day.
I have been practicing at Sunstone for about 4 months. When I first started, I had never done any kind of organized exercise program or any type of yoga. Luckily I found Sunstone's website and decided to try the 10 days for $10.00. As it turns out, this has been the best $10.00 I have ever spent in my life. I tried yoga because I love to scuba dive and I thought it would help me with my breathing: learning to control my breath would mean more time underwater. Everything has turned out so much better than I ever expected.
First, every single instructor has just been absolutely wonderful. Second, and 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 would encourage anyone who is thinking of trying Sunstone Yoga to go ahead and do it, because you never know; it could also be your best $10.00 investment ever. 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. Good luck to all who try.
I truly believe that it can help change your outlook on life.
My journey with Sunstone began over a year ago as I was searching for something to add to my fitness workouts. I am a very active individual and I enjoy weight training, running, and competitive swimming. I am also a certified personal trainer. I had heard about the hot style of yoga from friends, and the one word summary was "sweat". Because I always enjoy a challenge, I signed up for the $10 for 10 day program. My major goal for the yoga was to improve my flexibility, my mental focus in both my personal and professional lives, and to learn about the yoga process of relaxation.
After 170+ classes, I can honestly say that all three of these goals have been met and exceeded by combining the art of yoga with my other physical activities. I have almost exclusively taken the FIRE classes but have recently discovered the METAL series challenges me even more. 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 guess that you can call me a “yogi,” because 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. Namasté.