Here’s what our students have to say about us, our classes, and their yoga practice. Have your own story? Send it to us, we’d love to hear it.
For years I have suffered with varying levels of neck pain. The pain came and went and I never thought anything of it until this past year when it became so debilitating, all forms of activity I previously enjoyed became impossible. As with many issues in the body, the neck pain forced my body to compensate in different ways resulting in pain elsewhere as well as a partially torn rotator cuff. After 3 neck epidurals and 3 cortisone injections in my shoulder, and a dozen rounds of physical therapy all only offering very temporary relief, I decided to explore yoga. It was yoga or surgery to be honest, and I was not admittedly enthusiastic about either option. That being said, after a few classes I began to feel relief. Once a skeptic, I am now a complete believer about the benefits of yoga. The instructors at Shree are attuned, dynamic, and incredibly professional and comprehensive in conveying the deeper meaning behind the poses practiced in each class, thereby bridging the essential connection between mind and body so essential in resulting in pain relief and healing.Ellen R.
Yoga has brought new meaning into my life. It inspires, motivates and focuses me. Yoga continually encourages me to be open to seeing things in different ways. It helps me to start trusting myself when making decisions as well as teaching me how to be less attached to difficult issues in my life that I really can’t change.Michelle Mandelman
I started coming to Shree 6 years ago (wow). It transformed my life in ways that I have never in a million years thought possible. I Usually try to join the Thursday evening class with Valerie. Valerie’s skillful and clear instruction and her soothing, warm, gentle and humorous manner is what keeps me driving the 25 min from my home to the studio every week. I can come in to class feeling so stressed, tired and worn-out and by the time I leave I feel centered, present and lighter. I am simply incredibly grateful!Gitty Katz
I have been going to Shree Yoga for years. Chaya is by far the BEST yoga teacher I have ever practiced with. She is the real thing. It’s not a job to her but a way of life. I highly recommend going there. It Rocks.Lani Marella-Martin
The vibrations at Shree as you enter is one of serenity, peace and love. It calms the agitated mind and envelopes one in a blanket of inner security.Raghavan Krishnan
I am convinced that if it were not for Yoga and Chaya I would no longer be mobile. I certainly would not have that wonderful feeling of accomplishment I get when I can make it through a class with those of you who are so fit.
A few years ago as I looked back on my life, which has been wonderfully successful, I made a list of the five most important decisions I had made. Within that list of five decisions was starting and staying with yoga.Herb Benkel
I feel blessed to have found Chaya as a yoga teacher. Her wisdom and compassion inspire me. Through her guidance, encouragement and support, I have become stronger physically, emotionally and spiritually. I see Yoga as a metaphor for life, focusing, breathing, being aware, being present, facing obstacles and challenges, overcoming fear, accepting limitations, being compassionate with myself and others, and connecting to a greater force.
I started taking classes at Shree Yoga Studios in 2005. Initially I went to rehab a severe calf injury that needed stretching. Well, after a very short time not only was my calf better, but my entire body felt really good. And shortly after that I noticed very positive changes in my emotional/psychological well being. Some of this was due to the technically precise and beautifully heart oriented system of Anusara Yoga. The majority of it though was due to Chaya’s teaching and the quality of the teacher’s that she has brought to Shree. Without exception they are incredible teachers and individuals. They are knowledgeable, very well trained, great communicators, caring and compassionate. They exhibit all the qualities associated with the Sanskrit word Shree–life enhancing. Since my beginning at Shree I’ve taken classes in many different studios with many different instructors and I can tell you that it is remarkable to find a group of teachers like this all in one place. So if you have the slightest interest in yoga or want to continue your practice, I urge you to wade into Shree. This beautiful studio with its extraordinary teachers will lovingly help you alongBill Banks
What I hadn’t anticipated was how yoga would also help me with my meditation practice. The calm, safe, nurturing atmosphere of the studio (both in the actual space and in the atmosphere created by the instructors and fellow practitioners) has helped me to clear my mind and gain insight, and being away from the rush and stress of my day has become something very vital to me. I am learning about myself and getting back in touch with my body.Melina Yoscary