My issues are general stress, physical inactivity due to long working hours in an office environment, elevated blood pressure and arthritic pain.
I was looking for an activity that would add balance to my life; one that would help me focus.
I’ve watched my sister benefit from yoga, in small group classes but I wanted something more than a group class could offer. I was very fortunate to find Cyndi, noting her past experience and description of her practice; she is clearly highly qualified to assist me in reaching my personal goals.
I found Cyndi’s website and I followed it for a while before making my decision. Cyndi is well credentialed in the practice of yoga and has also experienced a personal transition that she can share in an instructive and constructive way. Most web stories for yoga instruction focused heavily on the physical aspects of yoga, while Cyndi appeared able to instruct on the physical, mental and emotional benefits. She has transformed aspects of her own life, clearly giving her joy and greater calm and has a special talent to share that journey with others in a meaningful way.
I have been taking two one-on-one private yoga sessions with Cyndi per week in her West Hartford yoga studio for 4 years now.
I struggle with how to have others feel what I feel. It’s perhaps like teaching bowling to new people. Having bumpers over the gullies in a bowling alley, the journey is still in the hands of the bowler, but the bumpers help steer the mission, always offering insight without changing the personal goal.
In my daily life I have the good fortune to manage a large group of professionals. This can be both rewarding and stressful. Through working with Cyndi I’ve started to change how I balance that journey with other aspects of my life. The breathing and meditation she’s taught me allows me to capture a new perspective when I need it most, to come back to the present moment and feel greater peace. That feeling has other benefits, which are just starting to show up…
My time with Cyndi has helped me to better recognize feelings of stress and rather than let them overwhelm my actions, I’m better equipped to move through them towards a calmer state. Mantras and positions, in sync with breath control, help bring back a centered feeling. While I’m relatively new to the practice, this guidance helps produce calm, clarity and peace. It’s a gift.
After a very few weeks I’ve become more aware of how these feelings can grow. I’ve worked with personal trainers for better physical well-being in the past. While valuable, I always perceived the activity as a chore—much like a crash diet—a means to an end rather than a life change.
The blend of therapeutic, restorative, and gentle yoga that Cyndi teaches—coupled with aspects of spirituality and her own lived experience—contributes to both my mental and physical health in a positive way, producing a self-awareness that is more sustainable…you just want to do more!
I now have a more positive outlook, less general pain, my physician has noted that my blood pressure has significantly improved…and I’m more flexible.
Since beginning my one-on-one private yoga sessions with Cyndi, I’m now biking and swimming regularly again. I have a personal goal to be in better physical condition for playing with my three year old grandson, but that goal started before he was born.
Private sessions with Cyndi have introduced to my life the importance of breathing and exercises that strengthen my posture and promote flexibility. These things have really started the chain reaction that’s making a difference in my life.
Cyndi’s private yoga studio in West Hartford is beautiful, furnished with warm wood, candles and natural colors; the feeling of a Zen spa. There’s aromatherapy and soothing music, allow the ability to clear your mind and concentrate on healing. If all I did was sit in this space, I would feel better…but there’s even more tranquility to be found. Of course Cyndi is welcoming and kind, always checking on your personal comfort or needs. You feel safe there. You feel able to heal…
I can and do recommend Cyndi’s services empathically all the time. I can now say with conviction that anyone who practices with Cyndi would find more joy, discover the wealth of self-compassion I have and learn how to live in the moment with greater calm and well-being.
I can’t recommend private yoga sessions with Cyndi enough. I know it is doing wonderful things for me, and has led me to other beneficial discoveries in the use of meditation and nutrition. I’m less bloated and have lost some weight – it just happened! Most importantly, I am taking the time to laugh, enjoy my family and love myself more. You can give so much more back when you’re happy, and it feels amazing.
Kathy Fell – Farmington, CT