2319 Lee Road | Cleveland Heights, OH 44118 |  216-371-9760  |  View Map        

Yoga for EVERY Body.

Upcoming Events

 

Be a Student of Your Body - Student Workshop Series

with Sandy Gross

Sat, January 19th Noon to 5pm

Study Yoga Mentoring Group

with Swami Atmarupa & Sandy Gross
 2/8, 2/10

Restorative Yoga : Opening to Healing Energy 

with Deb Smith
Friday, Feb. 15th 5:30 to 7:30pm

Forgiveness & Salutations : Lifestyle Yama & Niyama

with Swami Atmarupa
Sat. March 2nd 2:00 to 4:00 pm

 

 

Fine-Tuning Your Practice
A New Blog from Swami Atmarupa

Digital Downloads
Recordings of Guided Yoga Practices and More!



0 Comments
info@atmacenter.com

Student Testimonial - Yoga, Anxiety, and Sleep

Here is another lovely testimonial from one of our newest regular students, on how yoga is helping her to deal with anxiety and sleep issues.

Sleep has always come naturally to me. Having been used to sleeping 7-8 hours a night, I was thrown off course in a major way when anxiety interrupted my sleep six months ago. Back in May, I had surgery and was nervous and worried for two weeks leading up to it, so nervous that I lost many nights of sleep. My anxiety around sleep kicked in after the surgery, as well, and has been a challenge ever since. Long story short, I become anxious over not sleeping and then anxious over being anxious about not sleeping! I clearly didn’t have a sleep problem – I had an anxiety problem.  

I’ve lived within a mile of the Atma Center all these years, but have not ever taken advantage of it, until anxiety came knocking on my door. For the last six weeks, I have been taking yoga classes once and often twice a day. There have been days when I’ve walked into class with my heart palpitating, my stomach clenching, and my skin crawling from anxiety. There hasn’t been a day when, after class, I have not walked out with a sense of peace and calm. It is truly amazing to observe my mind and body succumb to the guidance from each instructor. Whether I’m taking a Foundation A class, a Mixed Level class, or a Yoga for Anxiety class, I leave feeling more serene and centered.

Although this experience with anxiety over sleeping has been one of the biggest challenges of my life, the blessing that has come from it is that I found yoga at the Atma Center.

- Kathy D.   


Tags:
2 Comments
Atmadarshan

The Student Who Changed My Life

In the recent past, I had absolutely no desire to teach private yoga classes. I didn’t clearly see how private classes could benefit students any more-so than our regular group classes. Weren’t group classes enough?

Then a particular student approached me, saying she would really appreciate an individual appointment since she felt a bit awkward in class. She also had some specific areas of tension to address, and wanted a more holistic approach to her health. I resisted my urge to recommend other classes or teachers and decided that, for just this one student, I could commit to a series of private lessons.

Now I thank this student every single time she comes in for a private class, for she has truly altered my whole perspective on teaching. I’ve learned a lot from her: how to make even more subtle adjustments to poses I thought I knew well; how to connect more fully with her as an individual, rather than as part of a large group. When she started feeling better with yoga (her physical health improved, she was able to do things she hadn’t been able to for years, her mood was more positive), I noticed that I felt good, too. It was an honor to share tools that had helped me with someone who could use them. My confidence as an instructor increased exponentially.

Now I am sold on the benefits of individual instruction, and recommend it for anyone who wants to experience even more relief from physical, mental, or emotional distress; for anyone who wants to discover practices we just don’t have time to explore in a regular class setting; even for students who want to learn more about the history, philosophy, and theory of yoga (chakras, anyone?). My biggest dream is to show private students how the principles from the Bhagavad Gita can make life and death more peaceful, meaningful, and authentic. I would be thrilled to show you how yoga can transform your life!


Tags: