“Fortune was on my side when I found Rachel’s yoga class! As a little old lady I realize the importance of flexibility and balance. Rachel challenges and encourages me. I can’t wait to get to her classes!”
“I’ve got a couple blown discs, probably from years of gymnastics and throwing myself against the ground as a soccer goalie. Although I really love yoga, when I was doing just yoga I still experienced regular bouts of severe back pain that would land me in bed dosed up on muscle relaxants.
I’m thrilled to say that since beginning pilates (maybe 3 years ago now?), I haven’t had anywhere near the same level of difficulty. I get stiff and sore when I spend too much time hunched over in the garden and such, but my body is stronger and I can work through it. Pilates focuses a great deal on building core strength and maintaining proper spinal alignment. The exercises are usually done on either a mat or with a “reformer” (a machine loaded with pulleys, springs, and straps for resistance, leverage, etc.).
Rachel usually offers the first session free of charge so you can see what all the hoopla is about. I do semi-private, which means I work out with one other person; the cost per person for semi-private is $25 for the hour. It’s kinda pricey relative to other exercise options, but I justify it by the fact I am highly unlikely to cancel the standing appointment (e.g., the “I’m too busy to get to the gym today” excuse) and I know it is a good form of preventative medicine.”
“I have been practicing yoga for approximately six years. It is very rewarding to be a member of Rachel’s class, and I am extremely grateful. I have always exercised, and besides yoga I participate in pilates and aerobic fitness. The reason I started yoga was because I started having radiating pain down one of my legs which I believe was a form of sciatica. After taking a few yoga classes the pain completely disappeared. I will be 82 years old in March and continue to have excellent health and lead an active life.”
“I started pilates to help with my posture and figure, and of course because I am getting older, my balance. When I started with Rachel I was totally a mess and uncoordinated. Thanks to her help I have moved up and can do things I thought I could never do. I am feeling so much better and my posture has improved so much too! Thanks to Rachel for all her patience and help!”