Testimonials: What people are saying about Vega Yoga
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I am no yogi, but I sure do know a phenomenal yoga instructor when I experience one! I met Aaron years ago during his teacher training--even at the beginning, he was fabulous. I had taken a few yoga classes before that time and continued to try out yoga at different studios in the area, as well as on different trips like to Omega. None have compared to Aaron's classes, for he is unique in his style of awareness of each student's ability, along with the right mix of light humor, relaxation and pumping up the energy level at times. Plus, he makes groovy music CDs to go along with some of the classes!
Not only am I ecstatic that he opened VegaYoga right in my own city, but they offer infant-friendly yoga classes, along with simultaneous kid classes. Now I can actually go to yoga with my 4 year old and baby. My daughter adores Debra, co-owner and kids' teacher. Debra teaches poses, movements, and songs and even tells the kids an adventure story with their input!
The studio and staff are stellar!
— Amy Appell
hi debra and aaron!
i love your studio and practice there and miss it. i wonder if you remember me, i had a studio in the canal gallery.i am so glad to see your service to holyoke continue to blossom and blossom!
congratulations to you both.
i am writing to say how deeply moved i am by the yoga in unusual spaces article, when i looked at it i got this sense that by practicing in these spaces every yogini there was doing some major energy healing to those neglected spaces, raising the energy up, up , up!
what a beautiful combination....
blessings for more,
— Gineen Cooper
On Finding the Right Yoga Studio
About a year into my first experiences with yoga, the gym where I was taking classes changed instructors, and I really didn’t like one of the new ones. The teacher had this very annoying habit of talking CONSTANTLY throughout the resting poses, and I wound up feeling badgered rather than rejuvenated.
One day the chatter was about potted plants. Okay, I’d heard potted plant metaphors before, and some work pretty well. But, this…well, let me quote her to the best of my recollection: “So…as you lay in corpse pose…imagine yourself…with the stillness…of a potted plant…absolute stillness…that is the lesson…of a potted plant.”
Already irritated & silently harrumphing about having my rest interrupted, I found myself internally arguing back: No, that’s not the lesson of a potted plant! What, did you read that in a New Age journal or something?! I bet you don’t even water the plants in your house! I bet you don’t even have a potted plant in your house! Ever had to pinch back?! Or transplant?! Huh?! Didja?! Didn’t think so! ‘Cause the lesson of a potted plant is GROW OR DIE! Absolute stillness in life?! No such thing! That’s why it’s corpse pose! Not life pose!! Life is growth!!! Dilute! Dilute! Dilute! [Whew! Sorry, Dr. Bronner.]
Fortunately, last Sunday I had a completely different yoga experience. After some pleasantly challenging exertion, after a blissfully silent rest period, after being gently reoriented, and after exchanging smiling “namaste”s (the salutation traditionally used to close class), students were offered a bonus lesson. Our instructor pointed to a real-life, actual potted plant hanging in the window. Around it, sunlight streamed in, and reflections from the waters in the canal behind the studio danced on the ceiling. The plant was lush and thriving. The teacher said he’d recently transplanted it after finding it rootbound and cracking its pot. The lesson? Living things need space to grow.
I don’t know if one’s allowed to whoop in yoga class, but I can’t tell you how happy I am to have found the right studio. Where knowledge is based on real experience, lessons are founded on careful observations, and teaching is provided with a beautiful accessibility.
And it’s right here in Holyoke!
— Susan Van Pelt
I've been practicing with Aaron and Debra for three years. A few months ago I was hit with some health issues -- surgery and chemotherapy -- and stopped attending classes BUT have successfully put my practice to use every single day. After surgery I woke up and within minutes was practicing breathing and shavasana. Within two hours I was able to walk a short distance with help, partly because I just envisioned myself at Vega Yoga, and practiced "building myself up step-by-step." I used far less pain meds than is typical (although I did use them whenever I felt the slightest need) and two days into my recovery the doctors discontinued giving me the drug they use to prevent blood clots because I was so active.
I consider myself a Main Street Yogi -- a typical run-of-the-mill type of person. But what I learned at Vega Yoga significantly improved a rough patch in my life, and what I learned after surgery is that you carry this wonderful practice with you all the time. It's there when you need it. Thanks Aaron and Debra.
— Diane Garey - "Main Street Yogi"
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