When I began practicing yoga at Breathe a couple of years ago, I was drawn in by the authenticity of the teachers and the range of classes offered to address the needs of different people.
My wife, and later our daughter, joined me on our shared yoga journey. After a class we take together, we often talk about the thoughts and emotions that certain asanas provoked in each one of us. We reflect on the themes that Meaghan and Gil offered at the beginning of their classes and how they relate to our lives.
I really appreciate the fact that even when the asanas were very difficult or impossible for me to do, I was not engulfed by my limitations. Rather, I felt that as teachers Meaghan and Gil helped me see what is possible for me, what I can do, which is empowering.
Oftentimes Meaghan and Gil open yoga lessons with the statement “the word yoga is like the English word, to yoke, which means to bring together.” I love this statement very much, not only because it expresses so neatly the philosophical essence of yoga, but, above all, because it tells a lot about the experience of yoga lessons at Breathe. I sweat, my muscles get sore, my heart beats fast, but I feel a sort of existential unity, which cannot be explained verbally. I am both tired and recharged, cheerful and pensive, excited and relaxed. Going through these motions doesn’t feel like being on a roller coaster of extremities. On the contrary, I can experience all these, but from a kind of distance. I am fully aware of them, but, at the same time, I am also fully balanced. These thoughts, feelings, and emotions are mine but they are not me.
I reach the evening hours after a long and intensive day: work, family, social duties. My mind is scattered, my body is tired, and my soul is saturated. Before, switching on the TV and the computer was my normal way of decompressing before I started going to Breathe. It was enjoyable sometimes, but I always felt completely drained afterwards, almost polluted as if I had eaten a big bag of chips, which had sapped the energy from my body and dulled my mind.
After a session at Breathe, whether I take one of the studio’s flow classes of varying intensity, or a yin, or a restorative class, I feel awake. I experience daily the way yoga at Breathe helps me cultivate the agility of my body and soul, which translates to a presence in everything I do.
I love the variety of classes and workshops offered at Breathe. I seek out the flow classes to strengthen my body so that I can have the strength of mind to direct my energies to that which is positive and constructive. The attention, care, and insightful adjustments that Breathe’s teachers so generously offer go a long way in helping me promote balance in my relationships. Each flow class is unique and touches me deeply. Breathe’s yin classes are truly special. I barely had any experience with yin yoga before I started going to Breathe. After several classes, which challenged my mind so profoundly, I realized that this practice holds as much of a transformative potential as the more active asanas. Yin gets into those deep places in the body and the mind where rigidity hides.
I am so grateful that Breathe has enriched my life.