Foundational Philosophy 

YOGIC WISDOM – Overview 101
Sept 25
$25 before September 15th (Reg $30) 
YOGIC WISDOM – 4 Part Series
Nov 20, Dec 11, Jan 8, Feb 5
$99 before Nov 1st. $115 after. For those that attended Yogic Wisdom 101 – use the code “WISDOM10” for 10% off

When you unite the physical practice with the ancient knowledge of yogic wisdom, everything changes…….


Yoga, the timeless science behind all true religions, consists of systematic and definite steps to realization of the soul’s oneness with Spirit. This informal group discussion will be led by Sandy Hicks, a yogi having over 40 years of study and contact with wisdom and sages. Expect this session to provide a foundation of philosophy and a deepening into your yoga practice.

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“Yoga For Cancer Thrivers”

Along with Grounded By Yoga’s “Teaching from the Heart”

program, we will incorporate “Yoga for Cancer Thrivers” as a special focus in this unique training. This special focus will be presented by Karen Armstrong, RYT a Thriver and Yoga Teacher herself. A true healing journey you can provide to Thrivers. You will receive a Syllabus specific for this portion of the training. Yoga is not for one-size-fits-all.Trainees will receive a specialized training for those seeking to learn how to design a healing class for thrivers at all stages of their cancer journey.  Cancer Thrivers have special needs due to trauma, possible secondary effects from treatment, life adjustment and resiliency, and a deep commitment to live and thrive. Program runs from December 2015 to June 2016. Save $400 and sign up now. Payment plans available.
Posted on: September 10th, 2015 No Comments

Can You Laugh Yourself to Wellness?

The Serious Benefits of Laughter Yoga

Sandy is a Certified LaughaYoga Practitoner and will be offering this in some of her classes.

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Laughter yoga is a new twist on an ancient practice. Not only does it increase happiness, but it also strengthens the immune system, reduces pain and lowers stress. (Not intended for transcendence, but can clear a path in that direction)

The Serious Benefits of Laughter Yoga

More contagious than a cough or sneeze, laughter relaxes the whole body. It triggers the release of endorphins, promoting an overall sense of well-being. When combined with yogic breathing, laughter truly becomes the best medicine, providing extensive health benefits for people of all body types.

What is Laughter Yoga?

In the mid-1990s, the Indian physician Madan Kataria developed laughter yoga based on the concept that voluntary laughter could provide the same health benefits as spontaneous laughter. Soon after, laughter yoga spread worldwide, sparking the creation of Laughter Yoga Clubs where people would gather to practice.

Instead of using humor, laughter is initiated through creative exercise. Practitioners do not have to master any of the traditional yoga postures. They simply need to laugh. As of 2011, more than 65 countries were home to over 8,000 laughter clubs.

How Do You Practice Laughter Yoga?

Classes typically start with some socializing and talk about laughter. Next, the group will warm up with some stretching and breathing exercises. Then the laughter games start. Sessions end with silent meditation.

During laughter yoga, laughs should come from the diaphragm. Those full belly laughs provide the most benefits. In general, laughter yoga has these four basic steps:

  1. Clapping and chanting
  2. Laughter yoga breathing
  3. Childlike playfulness
  4. Laughter yoga exercises

Each step has specific elements. For example, during childlike playfulness, practitioners lift their arms in the air, which helps lift their mood. It can also trigger happy memories or thoughts.

Benefits of Laughter Yoga

Laughing for a sustained period of time is key to reaping the health benefits of laughter yoga. Classes routinely help students laugh steadily for 15 to 20 minutes.

The results? Increased oxygen intake and blood flow, improved blood vessel function, and lower blood pressure. This helps protect your heart, boosts energy, dissolves stress and allows you to gain focus.

Gendry, the founder of Laughter Online University, describes the value of laughter yoga as a complement to low-impact cardiovascular exercise for seniors. It requires no special equipment or environment, and it’s universally available. Plus, it’s fun and can easily be practiced at home. As Gendry puts it, “In a sedentary age of sharply rising health care costs and mental health challenges, laughter yoga’s benefits and accessibility ought to gain more public attention.”

Laughter Yoga for Caregivers and Seniors

Laughter yoga can promote health and wellness for caregivers and seniors alike.


  • Body: It makes you feel relaxed and energized; stress and pain melt away.
  • Mind: Your mind becomes sharper and clearer.
  • Emotions: You feel more grounded.
  • Social: You feel more connected to the people around you.
  • Spiritual: It boosts self-esteem, making you feel more at peace and trusting.

Unfortunately, caregivers often neglect their own health in the midst of their caregiving duties. But taking time to laugh, socialize and just breathe can improve their performance on the job. If the senior enjoys laughter yoga too, it’s something they can talk about–and even laugh about–when they’re back together.

Have you tried laughter yoga? Please share your thoughts on the experience.

Posted on: September 8th, 2015 No Comments

Posted on: September 3rd, 2015 No Comments

Clean first, fully, then Teach Yoga

Unfortunately, there are a lot of poor trainings going on. For one, teachers are teaching or want to be teachers before cleaning their own house. Which, in tradition, you would do. Trainings are also focusing on modern day yoga – hatha. So much is lost. I know all to many teachers who run out for a weekend and “learn about this or that, from Yoga Sciences to Yoga for This or that, and come back and the following weekend ‘teaching it’. I know Yoga Alliance isnt a governing body, but I often wonder how the best way to tighten standards are? Dilution is horrible here. In the yugas, we learn that in time it will come back to true tradition, sounds like it will evolve in its own natural way, or, does that mean we should take action? This is where my question lies.

The article I am referring to:

For The Yoga Teacher Who Triggered My PTSD

For the yoga teacher who triggered me…

Before any other words are written, I want to say one thing.

I forgive you. I know it wasn’t your intention, and I know –I  think – that you did your best.

The seat of the teacher is weighty with the meaning that you prescribe to it and your students give it, and you also must be willing to carry the ancient teachings, your own teachers’ interpretations, each student, their expectations, and their own baggage.

It is a heavy burden. As a teacher, you must be ready to be responsible for a lot.

That is why you asked us to come each day as washed pots: clean, right side up, and empty. We needed to be perfectly void of our own preconceptions, beliefs, and ideas so that you could fill us up with the teachings.

It was partly my fault, really. My pot is still a little dirty. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder isn’t something that I can easily wash away.

Maybe it was my mistake, but I expected you to come to us as an empty pot, as well: a vessel of the teachings, but clean of your own ego, your own agenda, your own desire for power plays and personal gratification.

That was a tall order, and I apologize if it was too much to ask. But I wanted you to be a great teacher, not just another yoga teacher, caught up in their own need and ego.

I hoped that I would find in you what I have found in the few greats I have been honored to sit with: humility, wisdom, and that word that you kept tossing around- lineage. I hoped that you would be a transmitter of this lineage, of this ancient wisdom. That, like the greats, you would offer it to your students as a gift:

Take it, if you would like. Leave behind what doesn’t make sense for you right now.

Question it all, and make sure that it resonates with you, that it doesn’t feel forced or fake.

I was disappointed.

We began Language Refinement. I thought that it was going to be a class where we discovered new ways to instruct our students; in our group we had shared how we were feeling stagnant in our instruction, like there had to be more ways to say, “please lift your leg up and back,” or “inhale to a flat back.”It was not.

We stood in a circle and started a group beat box: one by one, we moved to the center of the circle and conducted an orchestra of sound. We sang, made noises, and danced. For someone that spent a long time trying to not be loud, not stand out, not draw attention to myself, this was terrifying.

I drew up my breath and told you so. You told me to go next so that I wouldn’t have to wait.

We then got into the part where you critiqued us: one by one, we went around the circle and repeated a statement. You had us repeat ourselves often, modulating volume, inflection, and tone.

I’m not sure what was going through your mind, but your feedback was neither supportive nor positive: when it came to the turn of the man next to me, he didn’t change his volume, despite your requests.

“This is tough for me – it’s bringing up a lot, it reminds me of when I was in the forces and I had to stand in a corner and yell at a trash can for two hours.”

I was horrified.

You looked at him and cocked your head. “So… do you not want to go again? Do you not want to grow?”

Double horrified. Since when was a yoga space a place where we called each other out for having traumatic memories? Stuff that stuck in us so deeply that we were affected years, decades later?

We kept moving. My anxiety kept mounting. I frantically searched inside my head for why this particular exercise was becoming so triggering for me, why my skin was crawling, why my stomach seemed ready to lurch up my throat and my eyeballs were pressing against their sockets.

And then it came to me.

As things do, when we search long enough, when we are desperate to unpack the thing that keeps our door blocked, to scratch the itch that is driving us mad – that’s when it hit me. Flashes of hours-long rages where I wasn’t allowed to get a word in. Rants echoed in my memory, each one pulling apart words I had misused or presumed I knew the meaning of, things I misunderstood, only to be picked apart for hours while his eyes went cold and his body shook with rage.

I stopped trusting my voice. My words were worthless. My sense of Self was destroyed. To go back to a place where my words were being picked apart, without any hint of compassion or positivity, was like finding myself sitting on that couch, or that bed, or that chair again.

Worthless me.

Stupid me.

How could I even think that was right?

So stupid.

Shaking, I told you, and the group, what was going on, and why. You told me I was free to leave or take breaks. After lunch, you told me that it was clear that I was being triggered, but you needed to teach, and you felt that you were being censored. I could leave, but you needed to be able to feel free to teach your class. Your energy is ferocious, you said. You had to feel safe to express yourself.

Having just paid over a thousand dollars for your time and expertise, I asked to stay.

An hour later, another student asked you a question. You asked us why we were being so feisty today, that you had never encountered so much resistance. She said she wasn’t: that she didn’t understand and wanted to learn.

You lost control.

You had a petty, bickering fight with a student in front of the class.

It was too much for me. I grabbed my things and ran out, tears pouring out and over, from a place that I didn’t know still existed. You didn’t reach out to me. The next day, you didn’t look at me. You never asked anything at all.

What did I expect?


Yoga brings together all sorts for all reasons.

And we came to you.

We are not all perfect students that come to your class regularly, that pretend we have cured all of our issues with mantra and mandala and blessings from holy teachers.

What did I expect?

For you to drop your ego at the door, just like you asked us to drop ours.

Teachers become such for many reasons, and the best are usually born through their circumstances and by people being drawn to their authenticity, their strength of character. They are generally not made, successfully so, because they call themselves such.

But I have to thank you, too.You showed me that I still have a lot of work to do: in my heart, in my mind, on my soul. Wounds that I thought were healed were only scabs.

Thank you for picking mine.

The world is always coming from us, not at us. We discussed this many times.

Next time, try bringing a clean pot before expecting one to show up. And I will focus on healing myself before I expect someone that is healed.

Posted on: July 18th, 2015 No Comments

Mother Nature Yoga Retreats

Mother Nature Yoga Retreats

(founded 1992, formerly Peaceful Living Retreats & Barefoot Yoga Retreats)

Mother Nature Yoga Retreats

Mother Nature Yoga is the premier provider of soulful outdoor adventures. With experienced and inspired guides and a passion for providing powerful adventures to our clients we have been cultivating the combination of spirit and adventure for over 35 years.

Whether embarking on a Yoga Backpacking trip in the mountains, Inner Questing in the woods, Yoga in the Park, or Yoga at the Beach-side, Mother Nature Yoga is ready to guide you inward and outward for a journey

So take your practice off the mat. Take it into the trees, into the light, into the mountains, and into every part of your life. Retreat! Put some movement back into your practice. Get opened up. Explode your practice into your cellular awareness. Offer love without apology. Integrate it. Have awesome fun.

Go out to a beautiful place. Be positive, be healthy, do what’s life-affirming. This is for anybody who is ready to live it into their bones. The path is there. Walk it.

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$3 FEE for Board dues. This is for the WHOLE YEAR!! ….Once the cost of board is reached….fee is then  put in a “kitty” for things like bottled water, healthy snacks etc.

If you have any suggestions for a meetup – please share!

WINTER MONTHS: Contact Us for your $39 Unlimited pass for our Canandaigua or East Bloomfield Studio. Many classes to choose from!  (Excludes Family Yoga, Kids Yoga, Beginners Series and Workshops)


Locations so far: Finger lakes Yoga Retreats, Rochester Yoga Retreats, New York Yoga Retreats, Pennsylvania Yoga Retreats, Vermont Yoga Retreats and every 3 years our Costa Rica Yoga Retreat!

Posted on: June 14th, 2015 No Comments

Change Your Mind, By Changing Your Brain


When you understand how neural pathways are created in the brain, you get a front row seat for truly comprehending how to let go of habits. Neural pathways are like superhighways of nerve cells that transmit messages. You travel over the superhighway many times, and the pathway becomes more and more solid. You may go to a specific food or cigarettes for comfort over and over, and that forms a brain pathway. The hopeful fact, however, is that the brain is always changing and you can forge new pathways and create new habits. That’s called the neuroplasticity of the brain.

I used to drive with one foot on the brake and the other on the accelerator, and I wanted to train myself to drive with one foot only. It took some time, as I had a strong neural pathway for two-footed driving. But because I had the will to do it, I built a new pathway, and I rewired or reprogrammed my brain. You can remove a behavior or thought or addictions directly from the brain.

Because of neuroplasticity, the brain’s ever-changing potentials, anything is possible. People who’ve had strokes can retrain their brains to function again by building new pathways. Smokers and overeaters and many others can learn new behaviors and attitudes and can transform their lives.

Whether you work with others on their habits or you work with your own (or both), you can apply these understandings to boost your success.

Some Powerful Ways to Retrain the Brain

1. Identity the habit you’d like to transform and set the intention.

You may remember the punch line “The light bulb has to want to change.”  You have to have a high intention to change as well. If there is this high intention, then creating new pathways in your brain is bound to happen.

2. Observe what the old habit or pathway is doing in your life.

Look at feelings, thoughts, and how the body is responding to the habit, and see what results you’re creating in your life. Be the witness, and  be aware.

3. Shift your focus.

This is very important. To create a new neural pathway, you take the focus off the old habit, and then that old habit eventually falls away. Don’t pay attention to the donuts and cakes. Take your awareness and focus it on good, wholesome, healthy delicious foods.

4. Use your imagination.

You can build new neural pathways not only with new behaviors, but through the imagination. Just imagine the new behaviors over and over and over. Keep repeating that in your mind so you build new pathways. Focus your mind and retrain your brain.

5. Interrupt your thoughts and patterns when they arise.

Say “no” or “cancel” when an old thought or impulse comes in, and say, “I don’t have to do that anymore.” Then turn toward the new neural pathway you’re building and keep on going in the right direction.

6. Use aversion therapy.

This isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. It’s an optional path. I like to call it “the maggots on the chocolate cake technique.” I used to love candies and sweets, and when I stopped eating them, I still had to pass by them when I walked by the candy store in town. I used aversion to train my brain to walk on by: “That’s junk,” I said to myself. “It’s made in factories, sickeningly sweet, makes me feel bad. The company makes it so sweet just to addict buyers. I don’t want any of that.” So I talk myself out of it. I’ve use it with many clients (only those who say they want it) on smoking, junk food, cocaine and many other behaviors.

7.  Create a specific plan and choose what to do instead.

When you get specific, it’s easier to build new neural pathways. You “make it official.”  Decide if you want to exercise instead of overeating or if you want to eat fruit instead of candy. Just keep focused on the new choice.  You may want to create affirmations and anchors to reinforce your choices. This can be “I’m free or “I’m in control.” Reinforce this with energy therapies like EFT or other techniques.

8. Transform the obstacles.

Look at what’s in the way. Look at secondary gain – what you’ve been getting out of the old habits or pathways. Look at the stress in your life and how you can handle it differently. Get your mind in the place of possibility. Handle the emotions and thoughts and get on a new superhighway in your mind.

9. Connect with your Higher Source for inspiration and support.

Listen to our guidance. Know you have the Force within you, and therefore you have great power. Meditation creates new pathways and brain changes. Actual studies have been done on the brains of monks to show meditation’s effect on neural circuits of the brain.

10. Transform and make the shift.

Know that transformation is always possible and that you can create new brain pathways whenever you’re ready to make the shift. When you keep your mind in the “I can do it!” space, you get a clear sense that you’re done with the old and on a new beam now.

Some people feel we’re being rewired spiritually for anew era. There’s great upheaval now in our world. And there’s a process of transformation happening on earth in which huge changes are taking place for all of humanity. You have to be present in the moment, overcome your fears, and get to know the Infinite source so you can be a vehicle for the light to predominate on the earth.

Credits: www.marilyngordon.com

Posted on: February 8th, 2015 No Comments

The Laws of Karma

12 Little Known Laws of Karma (That Will Change Your Life)

What is Karma? Karma is the Sanskrit word for action. It is equivalent to Newton’s law of ‘every action must have a reaction’. When we think, speak or act we initiate a force that will react accordingly. This returning force maybe modified, changed or suspended, but most people will not be able eradicate it.
This law of cause and effect is not punishment, but is wholly for the sake of education or learning.
A person may not escape the consequences of his actions, but he will suffer only if he himself has made the conditions ripe for his suffering. Ignorance of the law is no excuse whether the laws are man-made or universal.
To stop being afraid and to start being empowered in the worlds of karma and reincarnation, here is what you need to know about karmic laws.
– “As you sow, so shall you reap”. This is also known as the “Law of Cause and Effect”.
– Whatever we put out in the Universe is what comes back to us.
– If what we want is Happiness, Peace, Love, Friendship… Then we should BE Happy, Peaceful, Loving and a True Friend.
– Life doesn’t just HAPPEN, it requires our participation.
– We are one with the Universe, both inside and out.
– Whatever surrounds us gives us clues to our inner state.
– BE yourself, and surround yourself with what you want to have present in your Life.
– What you refuse to accept, will continue for you.
– If what we see is an enemy, or someone with a character trait that we find to be negative, then we ourselves are not focused on a higher level of existence.
– “Wherever you go, there you are”.
– For us to GROW in Spirit, it is we who must change – and not the people, places or things around us.
– The only given we have in our lives is OURSELVES and that is the only factor we have control over.
– When we change who and what we are within our heart our life follows suit and changes too.
– Whenever there is something wrong in my life, there is something wrong in me.
– We mirror what surrounds us – and what surrounds us mirrors us; this is a Universal Truth.
– We must take responsibility what is in our life.
– Even if something we do seems inconsequential, it is very important that it gets done as everything in the Universe is connected.
– Each step leads to the next step, and so forth and so on.
– Someone must do the initial work to get a job done.
– Neither the first step nor the last are of greater significance,
– As they were both needed to accomplish the task.
– Past-Present-Future they are all connected…
– You can not think of two things at the same time.
– When our focus is on Spiritual Values, it is impossible for us to have lower thoughts such as greed or anger.
– If you believe something to be true,then sometime in your life you will be called upon to demonstrate that particular truth.
– Here is where we put what we CLAIM that we have learned, into actual
– Looking backward to examine what was, prevents us from being totally in the HERE AND NOW.
– Old thoughts, old patterns of behavior, old dreams…
– Prevent us from having new ones.
– History repeats itself until we learn the lessons that we need to change our path.
– All Rewards require initial toil.
– Rewards of lasting value require patient and persistent toil.
– True joy follows doing what we’re suppose to be doing, and waiting for the reward to come in on its own time.
– You get back from something whatever YOU have put into it.
– The true value of something is a direct result of the energy and intent that is put into it.
– Every personal contribution is also a contribution to the Whole.
– Lack luster contributions have no impact on the Whole, nor do they work to diminish it.
– Loving contributions bring life to, and inspire, the Whole.
Posted on: February 8th, 2015 1 Comment

How to Protect Yourself as an Empath

How to Protect Yourself as an Empath


I am going to have to set up the scenario for your mind visually, before we get into action steps to how to truly guard yourself as an empath. So bear with me as you are reading or skip to the bottom for my video explanation and if you want an even quicker summary start it at 3:55. Thank you for your time.

Our story starts with painting a picture of society as we know it: Your parent(s) unknowingly project their life’s experience onto you. Trying to guard you from unnecessary pain or even just projecting pain from everyday life onto you. This gives you the perspective of inadequacy because of these projections from your parent(s). There becomes a subconscious need within the child to project itself onto it’s environment to receive love and joy. You think to yourself, “I need a degree to prove my knowledge, I need a lover to receive and give my love to, I need a car, clothes etcetera to project my joy onto others so they will give me approval.” You begin becoming all that is fed to you instead of listening to the knowing voice within that says, you are loved now.

All things come from within you and yet look like they are coming from outside of you…

If you are feeling someone else’s pain, maybe even getting hurt in any situation from another, it’s because you are projecting a subconscious fear onto that person, you are projecting your life experience onto them. This person hurting you (whether they say something offensive or you just feel their pain they are experiencing) then becomes a mirror of your experience. This is the universe literally presenting itself as a reflection to you for you to heal that space and experience/painful personal memories that which you have attached to that are limiting your joy and happiness. Those experiences or memories that are stopping you from being in the now.

In spirit science perspective, the reason that you are an empath is because you are tuned into the universal consciousness more than other people. You are so dialed in to the oneness factor that connects us all, that you are feeling someone else’s pain. Which really means you are projecting and reflecting your own experiences into the situation which makes you empathic to begin with. You are the universe itself experiencing itself through a fractalized visual mass. And although those experiences of others are quite vivid, like when entering a crowded space and feeling the emotions of what seems to be everyone in the room. You are able to feel those feeling because you were keen enough as a child to feel the projection of your parents. You have become dialed into your own experiences so much that you feel the myriad of others emotions outside of yourself. This projection is not only for the healing of others outside yourself but also for you.

Let me put it this way: That person may look different and you may feel that you are experiencing their pain outside yourself but what made you able to do experience their pain to begin with? When you realize that we are all one there is no need to separate yourself from anyone, to “guard” yourself from anyone. You start to love and heal that space within you and that in turn makes you tune into their pain through unconditional love, instead of just feel the intensity of their pain and pushing them away. What you push away in others you push away in yourself, therefore I am going to give you the steps to give yourself and simultaneous the universe, a huge group hug in three steps:

1. Recognize and take note of when you are able to feel other people’s pain.
The first step is anytime you feel someone else’s pain, are offended by something or you take that as an indication of a place that is not healed within you; start asking, “Why did that make me feel: hurt, jealous, angry, and/or sad etc.?” “What do I share with this person in my environment?”

2. The next step of metamorphosis and raising vibration is to look deep within to see what makes it possible for you to relate and feel that pain in others to begin with. Was there an experience or false belief in your life that made you offended or able to feel their pain?

3. The third and final step is to identify the past experience of false belief, and instead of hide it or disassociate you embrace it with true unconditional love and tell yourself the truth, your truth. “That moment is healed with love. I love myself and others unconditionally, I forgive myself and others” It is a part of the past and instead of acknowledging it as a learning experience and dragging this burden on your shoulders along with you, relate to others, protect yourself from others or to place on others. Do yourself a favor, set the memory aside and embrace it with love. That memory does not define you now. You will then heal yourself but also heal the person outside of you by being able to give them calm centered advice from the knowing of how you have healed yourself. (Even though each person’s healing is truly their own and not your responsibility)

When you embody love you are a part of everything, while you simultaneously “separate yourself” (because you are vibrating at a different higher vibration) from the other person’s pain and become a part of the healing process. It is the perfect “shield” 😉  When embrace you with love and let it all go, you embody the clean, healthy, joyful inner child. That essence of life that un-”adulterated” (see what I did there) inner children we all have that emanates purity and light. That radiates it’s heart compass and doesn’t attach to it’s own experiences or through other people’s experience. Everyday is new, every person is embraced and healed as one with love.

You are not their or your own experiences. So want to know who you are?
What will resonate to your empathic sensitive loving core the most…

You are an infinite being of untouchable loving light. Your flame will burn just as the fibers and make-up of the stars you once were. You are in this moment, which is an expression of perfection and all things, all of the outer reaches of the universe are embodied in you right now. You are everything.

Act knowing we are all one.

Experience joy by being in the moment

Experience unconditional gratitude, open-hearted giving and love.

Listen to your heart compass.

When we heal ourselves, we heal others.

Namaste, we are one.
Sending love and supreme divine light to each and every one.

Posted on: December 20th, 2014 No Comments

Yoga Lineages

Grounded By Yoga only encompasses direct lineage trainings. A little different than modern day Yoga. All which is good, if it feels good, do it!

However, our mission is to not dilute the teachings from the great sages of this 5000 year old form of spiritual philosophy.

This page will be under construction from October 1st – December 1st. Expect to find here a detailed description of the lineage trainings at Grounded By Yoga plus a little bit more information about your teacher!

LUC WATELET, 200 RYT Yoga and Meditation Teacher. Lineage: Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhagan

Posted on: September 28th, 2014 No Comments

Size Can Matter in Yoga

Yoga Specifically Designed for the Larger Body Student

Yoga for the Bigger Body

Most of the components of Yoga can of course be practiced uniformly by students regardless of size and age. However many of the asanas (postures) and pranayama (breath work) need to be modified. It is important to find a qualified teacher. If you have departed from a yoga class and experienced nausea, vertigo, heart palpitations, or exhaustion, seek a teacher with proper training – as this should not occur.

Just a few of the physical concerns are as follows:

• Joints are more stressed in overweight students and weight bearing postures should be altered accordingly.
• The approach to the squeeze and soak (BKS Iyengar) of the organs
• Twists, Forward Folds, Laterals, Standing Postures /Strength postures and Inversions are performed but in a unique way.
Unfortunately, round bodied students attend classes that are not instructed properly and their chance of a regular practice becomes non-existent. They don’t keep a regular practice because they weren’t comfortable, they felt pain, became nauseous or perhaps they felt the postures were cumbersome for their body. With regular weekly practices, our brain’s impressions begin to transform, and in turn we make better decisions and choices; hence weight loss of that is a goal.
With the emergence of the internet, it’s sad to say some teachers use this as a source in their quest to learn to teach different demographics. This is a form of “spiritual bypass”. Any teacher, in my opinion, that prefers to be a student of a computer over a student of a trained mentor, guru or institute, Curvy Body Yogashould not teach. The best information comes from human energy not a computer. Due your due diligence in choosing a facility to practice yoga: read bios, set up a consult, ask questions, request referrals to speak to.


At present, Thursday evenings at 8pm in East Bloomfield is our class time for folks who feel they will benefit from a specially sequenced class with specific pranayama exercises and a overtone of mindfulness philosophy.
Sandy Hicks is a trained specialist though IAYT with 140 specific hours in Yoga for the Larger Body. Next session/series will begin July 10th 8-9pm. 10 consecutive classes for $95. Email her direct email at groundedbywellness@gmail.com and she can advise if there is space. This class is limited to 12 to better assist each and everyone exactly where they are.

Posted on: June 17th, 2014 No Comments