"I'm 6'1" 300 lbs. I say this because yoga is not the first thing that comes to mind when you see me. I have to say yoga therapy has helped me with my back pain, insomnia, and general quality of life.
"Prior to yoga therapy, I was dealing with flashback memories and found it hard to be present in the moment. It was challenging in yoga therapy to focus on the present moment at the beginning, but I could focus on my body more in the end. Because of yoga therapy, I could be more aware of how my body feels, and still allow myself to be as I am."
-- participant in yoga therapy program.
"I was able to try this yoga therapy because it allowed me to not feel intimidated or ashamed of my limitations, and I was able to enjoy the practice because of that. I have gained the ability to be more flexible but more importantly, I was able to be comfortable with my limitations, and yoga therapy allowed me to feel ok with not being able to do everything that 'traditional' yoga people practice."
-- participant in yoga therapy program
"Yoga is awesome for pain relief and for stress & anxiety reduction as well. My knees are less likely to lock up and freeze if I am practicing yoga. Yoga helps me to focus on the present moment and prevents me from getting dissociated. Yoga also helped with my sleep."
-- Tom, veteran. Honolulu, HI
"I would like to take this yoga therapy with me and stay with it for the rest of my life. Thank you for your commitment and your time, Shannon. Yoga therapy helps."
-- Manu, veteran. Honolulu, HI
"Not only is Shannon is a sweet and genuine person, she is very knowledgeable and passionate about practicing and teaching yoga. She has a true desire to teach people how to be in tune with themselves, to slow down, relax, reflect, and identify a way they can change the negative energy that is in their way."
-- Deborah C., Honolulu, HI
"Shannon was an enormous help to me in dealing with my fears about starting yoga. It's always been something I've wanted to try, but beliefs about being too old, not fit enough, problems with my balance, etc. kept getting in my way. Shannon helped me wade through the many different types of yoga and identify the approach that would be best for me and my particular needs. She also helped me locate classes in my area and instructors that would be a good fit for me. She even gave me ideas for online/video options if I wanted to start practicing in the privacy of my own home. Consulting with her really helped ease my fears and gave me the confidence to finally give yoga a try."
-- Client who received Yoga Consulting, Seattle, WA
"Shannon really made me feel comfortable and relaxed during my personalized yoga session. She asked a lot of really great questions to help me focus my practice and develop a truly personal prenatal yoga session for me. Thank you, thank you, thank you!"
-- Tiffany M., Honolulu, HI
What challenges were you experiencing before yoga therapy?
"I was feeling increasingly depressed and anxious. My neck, shoulders and upper back felt tight and achy all the time. My balance was off and my knees/legs seemed to be getting weaker. I was tripping and falling on sidewalks, and my knee would infrequently buckle under me."
What was the process like with yoga therapy?
"I was hesitant at first but once I got started, I grew to enjoy the sessions. I became less self-conscious and felt more relaxed and positive after each session. It helped that the instructor, Shannon, was super calm, non-judgmental and experienced in conducting groups like the one I was participating in."
What results have you gained from this experience?
"I've learned some techniques to ease my aches and pains and I seemed to have gained a more positive outlook on life in general."
-- participant in yoga therapy program
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