“Wow!  I feel so much better this morning I cannot believe it!  I told you my lower back was hurting.  It was from traveling in the car and sitting in meetings and my muscles were so tight.  I cannot believe how loose my back and neck are this morning from holding those poses (in Restorative Yoga).  I will definitely have to do that class again!  Thanks!”
~Michelle S.

“I enrolled in the therapeutic yoga class a few weeks ago and after every session I feel more confident about my body’s ability to heal itself.  I have no illusion that this 76 year old body can be young again, and was hopeful I could decrease my pain and increase my flexibility.  I have suffered from chronic neck and shoulder pain caused by some trauma and arthritis, as well as, low back pain due to degenerative joint problems.  In the short time I have been in class I have become more conscious of proper alignment and how important proper breathing is. Sandy is an excellent teacher and gives 100% in each class.”
~Pat Keenan

“In my late fifties, I have an arthritic perfect storm—rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia.  You wouldn’t know it by just looking at me, but I can’t move easily and I can’t move without pain.  Curious about Sandy’s Gentle Yoga class, designed for people with arthritic conditions, I began taking it this past summer.  The pace is slow yet the time goes by quickly.  Yoga props such as bolsters, blankets, blocks, and straps are used to help body parts move into proper position, to support joints that can’t support themselves, and to help maintain proper alignment.  Yes, it is possible to do a Plank, or Downward Dog, or Salutation to the Sun, when it takes all my energy just to walk from the car to the studio’s front door.  Floor work is not easy for me.  Yet there is time to move from posture to posture.  And Sandy presents options and alternatives that allow me to participate fully in the class.  I’ve not had to sit out even a single posture.  Here I am, doing mat work!  On the floor!  Sandy’s working on helping me build muscular strength to support the parts that can no longer support themselves.  Her knowledge of the musculo-skeletal system and how body structures connect is profound.  And she understands how to communicate to her practitioners the best way to move from posture to posture.  I’m at the six-month mark of practicing yoga with Sandy.  The changes in my body’s “mechanics” have been positive ones.  I can move more freely, I’m somewhat stronger, (yes, I’ve lost a few pounds!), and best of all, I’m taking fewer pain meds.  The joys of yoga are subtle, quiet.  Two weeks ago I was able to sit cross-legged for the first time easily and without pain.  Last week, I achieved a respectable Plank.  This week, I’m more comfortable driving my car—even looking over my shoulder, right and left.  Small achievements for some folk, big achievements for me.”
~Susan W

“After the holidays I signed up for my first restorative yoga class.  All I can say is amazing!!! Restorative yoga to me can be compared to a relaxing massage!! I felt so refreshed!! I highly recommend trying this class. I do not think you will be disappointed!!!”
~Rachael Jackson

“In September of 2013 I was diagnosed with “frozen shoulder” (an excruciating condition brought upon by menopause also known as “adhesive capsulitis”) and prescribed physical therapy by my doctor. After doing a little research, I decided physical therapy would not be the way I wanted to go, so I investigated some other avenues.  I would give yoga a try, even though I knew I did not have full mobility of my shoulder and wondered if I would be able to make it through a class.  I started attending yoga classes at the Yellow Lotus studio in Murphysboro in October 2013.  After just one class, I was hooked! I could tell this was the answer to getting the youthful mobility back into my shoulder joint.  Sandy is a great, caring teacher who made sure I was comfortable and able to do the poses to the best of my ability.  Within just a couple of months my shoulder became almost fully mobile and pain-free…I am still working on getting the last 10% or so of range back, but I am working hard at it and between classes and home practice, I feel certain it won’t be long. (this is a condition that normally takes 18 months or more before becoming pain-free and I have done it within a couple of months with yoga practice!) Also, my stamina has increased tremendously! I am 53 years old, a former aerobics instructor, and a lifelong health nut (usually walking or using the treadmill for cardiovascular work). But I am here to say that I have not had the extra endurance to do things I love (working outside with my horses, etc.) until I discovered yoga. It’s like I have an extra lung now! I don’t get out-of-breath on walks and I can do so much more and still feel great. So thank you, yoga, and thank you, Sandy!”
~Sheree T.

“When I was fourteen years old, I was informed that I had scoliosis which has caused me much back pain through my teenage years.  For the past few years, I have struggled with activities such as running, sitting and standing for long periods of time, as well as, problems sleeping at night. While in high school, I was unable to continue with pom-poms due to my back pain.  At the age of seventeen, I began to see a chiropractor once a week to help ease my back pain which would only give me temporary relief.  Finally, at age nineteen, I decided to search for an alternative therapy for my back pain which led me to Yoga.  I began my yoga practice five months ago at Yellow Lotus Yoga and it has changed my life significantly.  Practicing physical postures has helped me to develop structural integrity and a more normal, symmetrical alignment.  The breathing techniques have helped me with relaxation.  Yoga has, and continues to have, a very positive impact on my life by improving my posture, strength, and has decreased my pain a lot.  Yoga is very empowering and I love it!”
~Phoebe Smith

“I recently became aware of a lower back injury and coincidentally had already signed up for Sandy’s therapeutic yoga class. After just four practices, I can definitely feel an improvement in my back. This therapeutic practice has also made me so much more aware of body structure and mechanics which affect every part of the body. Sandy’s teaching style is so wonderful. She clearly demonstrates and explains each pose while providing a very calming presence during each practice. I plan to continue this practice with Sandy, knowing she will provide a safe, informative practice which, hopefully, will become a proactive vs healing practice for me in the future.”
~ Jackie M