I have been using meditation more and more to help with pain management, as well as just keeping myself centered. I would like to share an experience I had recently while undergoing an MRI. I was in quite a bit of pain and wondered whether I could calmly lie there and remain still, so they didn't have to stop and re-do portions of the MRI. However, they offered music of my choice and I asked for 'ocean waves'. I found it was easy to then put myself into a meditative state and remain calm and still during the entire 25 minute process. Was very grateful that i could use this amazing tool which I learned from Barbara at Texas Yoga Center. (good thing, as i have to undergo another one in a couple of days). Namaste, Joyce H.
It has been a year since my back surgery (I had a bulging disc that was trimmed off) and all is pretty good with the exception of nerve pain / numbness in my left thigh, calf, and foot. That is the main reason I have been attending your yoga classes. It has definitely helped with my flexibility and some of my pain. I also had an evaluation at a Sports Medicine facility who gave me exercises to do, and guess what? They are the same exercises that you have been leading us through over the past months. I am greatly encouraged by the progress that I have achieved thus far, under your direction. I enjoy your classes and very much appreciate your patience and direction through the different poses.
Dan (a corporate lunchtime yoga class)
Yoga is one of the best things I have ever done for myself. When my husband passed, my youngest daughter suggested yoga. After three months I had more energy and enthusiasm. Then, decided to eat healthier. Three years into my new lifestyle, I am happier, my family is happier, and my doctor is amazed. I am stronger and more flexible, but the biggest surprise is the inner peace. Still have to remind myself, "Yoga is not competitive." Plan to continue yoga practice for many years. Barbara and yoga are exactly what I needed at this stage of life. She is a kind and patient instructor who takes personal interest in her students and encourages their physical and spiritual growth.
Before starting yoga seven months ago, the only exercise I did on a regular basis was walk our dog, Maggie. It was about this time last year when I started having some serious pain in my left shoulder, elbow and wrist due to a previous injury. Due to the pain, I was not sleeping well, and after going to the doctor, it was suggested I have surgery to alleviate the pain. My husband mentioned that he had tried yoga for his neck problems and it had helped. Our daughter does yoga and also recommended it. So I started going to Texas Yoga Center. After seven months, I feel great, have almost no pain and have made tremendous progress in my overall strength, flexibility, stamina and confidence. In addition to my overall health, my mental and emotional well-being has also been enhanced. We have also made changes to our lifestyle that includes a healthy diet. Yoga has made a believer out of me. Thank you Barbara and Texas Yoga Center.
When I started yoga 5 months ago, I had some foot problems going on I was ignoring and also still had frozen shoulder left over from my neck surgery. Now I have forgotten about the foot stuff completely, it is gone. My shoulders are getting stronger and yoga keeps my neck loose and unstiff like it use to get every couple of days. Thanks!
Through yoga, I have become much more in tune with my body. I was always the type to push through any kind of pain, and yoga has taught me to recognize it before it becomes unbearable. This in turn allows me to ease my way through it. Through the practice of yoga, I find myself less stressed on a continual basis. When I do become stressed, it is now easier to calm myself down through techniques learned in class (specifically breathing practices). The most uplifting and exciting change for me is that I have finally become comfortable in my own skin. Being one who has struggled with body image my entire life, I have always felt caged by these emotions. With Yoga, I have learned to be more forgiving with myself and more at peace with myself. Although I have many times when I wish I was different, these feeling don't take over me like they used to.
I have been practicing yoga for 2 years. I can do things now that used to seem impossible. Practicing yoga has strengthened my left knee (which I've dislocated a few times). I really like the spiritual aspect of yoga and the acceptance of our bodies as they are.
Ann (retired teacher)
I have been interested in yoga for 30 years. My practice has been sporatic until 6 years ago when I retired. I was delighted to find the Texas Yoga Center where I was welcomed by Barbara who has gently helped me to grow stronger and more flexible than I have ever been. My bone scans are showing an increase in bone density. Barbara begins each class guiding her yoga students through a centering exercise which allows us to quiet our minds and be in the moment. As we practice the yoga poses Barbara is encouraging, reminding us to do what is right for us at the moment and not to over extend. Class closes with a time of guided relaxation, another great skill we can carry with us during the day. I appreciate that Barbara has followed her calling and as a result, enhanced our lives.
I started yoga to relax and deal with my stress. The practice has blown all of my expectations away - far exceeded what I hoped to accomplish. I have gained a ton of flexibility, great lung capacity, relief for my aches and pains, and a great sense of peace. My daughters love the kid's class and I know it helps reinforce the importance of a positive body image and to love what God gave you. They are happier and less emotional as a result of the yoga practice. We love Texas Yoga Center!
I started yoga because a neighbor told me about it. She told me it would help to relax the body and at the same time strengthen it. I am so glad that I listened to her and joined. Because it is really helping me to relax, to sleep better, to control my temper, and I feel stronger.
Barbara Morrison has been a God-send. When I started experiencing shoulder pain, I visited 9 different doctors who offered shots and pain meds as a solution. Through yoga, I have been able to resolve the pain without medication. Barbara's gentle encouragement and attention to individual needs make Texas Yoga Center my mini-retreat in a busy week. I have recommended her to friends and coworkers and will continue to do so.
Years ago when I first started these classes, I had neck and lower back pain constantly. Since going to the classes, my pain has let up and my health has improved. For instance, my family noticed that my posture is much better. Good posture leads to a higher self esteem. I have greater flexibility and tend to be more physically active. This also leads to a better attitude toward life. The teachers are consistant and helpful. There is a true feeling of peace in the studio.
I have been doing yoga for 9 months. A major benefit I have received is enrichment of my meditation practice. I have the most benefit from meditation when I am able to relax my muscles, my body and my mind. Yoga has helped my ability to identify muscles and then be able to relax them more at will. The tightening and stretching of them enable me to know the opposite - the relaxing, thus making a meditative state easier to attain. The focus on breathing has helped with meditation also. I am also not as stiff as I used to be.