I had reservations about yoga before starting. I had been exercising regularly for several years but mostly cardio classes and machines,
and weights. This was an adventure - a friend told me I would enjoy it but I had no idea what to expect. The first time I went to class
my daughter went with me. We couldn't stop laughing at each other because we thought we looked so ridiculous in our attempts to do the poses.
But I decided to give the class a couple more tries and realized that with a little practice I could do the poses correctly. And I felt
good afterward. My muscles were stretched and relaxed. After my 3rd or 4th class I found book that illustrated the poses, and that helped.
Plus Sheila was always willing to stay an extra few minutes after class to answer questions and demonstrate. Since I started yoga I have
developed arthritis in my neck, hands, back, hips, knees, and feet. I've had to modify some of the poses but
it still works well for me. I can feel the joints loosening and relaxing, so I get some relief from the stiffness and aches, especially
in my feet. Along the way Sheila has encouraged those of us who have joint issues to change the poses as we need to. She gives us options for the
poses, and she guides the class at a pace that allows us time to get into the more complex poses, then hold them for a few breaths.
This is really nice, since balance can be a more challenging for those of us with muscular/skeletal issues. Yoga has helped my muscle tone,
balance, focus, and overall fitness. I look forward to it. And besides the physical benefits I've experienced - before and after the
onset of the arthritis - yoga allows for thinking time. I've solved some of my bigger challenges during the quiet and focus of yoga sessions.
I have enjoyed Sheila's instruction and I would recommend her as a yoga guide/teacher. She is gentle, patient, and knowledgeable.
Her attention to individuals' needs is so helpful. She provides a comfortable, encouraging environment that allows clients to get
real benefits from yoga practice.