The Monnier Method changed my life.
Quite the statement, but true. I walked into the studio 6 years ago, overweight, inflexible, stressed out, and intimidated because I had never done yoga before. I stood in the back of the class so no one would notice how I struggled with the poses, but when I noticed everyone was focused on their own practice of varying levels and was treated with a supportive environment from both the students and the instructors, I let go of worrying and dove right into practice.
Today, at 50 years old, I am the fittest of my life and have Brian, as well as Emiko, Sarah, Jeri, Elaine and Bill to thank for that. I’ve learned that practicing yoga – especially during stressful times in my life – is a foundation for health, fitness, pain relief and most of all, stress reduction. Brian and his other excellent instructors WILL challenge you to push through your limitations, but always gently and with compassion.
One of the biggest benefits I have personally experienced (aside from the GLORIOUS stress reduction) by practicing yoga here is greater awareness of my body – and this is where the weight loss and greater flexibility comes in. Being aware of how stress, bad nutrition and hours sitting in front of a computer affects my body has helped me make better choices and over time, I’ve adapted these choices into my lifestyle. Brian does offer a comprehensive nutrition program for those who are interested and is an excellent fitness instructor. I had a stubborn last 20 pounds to lose and it sat there for years no matter what I did, but after working with Brian, that weight started falling off – and I’m at an age where pounds are supposed to pile on!
During times of stress, the practice of yoga becomes VERY important – and this is the place to find solace, strengthen your body, eliminate pain, and become fit and strong. You will leave feeling SO MUCH BETTER than when you walked in.