I just wanted to send a quick note to say thanks for teaching such a good class last night. You are a great teacher and an inspiration. My back feels the best it has felt in more than a month!!!
Today, while filming for the MS Documentary that I am working-on at Yogarosa, I learned some of the benefits of Yoga…Often, MS Peers have asked if I ever tried Yoga to help with the tightness and pain that MS bestows upon me. Of course I always said no, as I never thought it could work for me. After all, I am a great skeptic of anything non-conventional... It was ENLIGHTENING to realize how much better I felt after this one hour of Yoga. I felt well stretched and quite relaxed. …I really do recommend this to anyone, regardless of the severity of your MS or other conditions…
Not all who attended today’s class have MS, …. But this class is for persons of various disabilities…. In this regard you can be amongst others who might be in similar situations as yourself, and you don't need to feel out of place.
Here is something else I learned today: (na-ma-stay) is a Sanskrit greeting that means, "I honor the divine in you." The highest form of salutation, it confers a humble respect and a gentle admiration. - Stuart Schlossman (MS patient) –
We couldn’t have said it better…Untouched moment, So divine. Just to think it is only mine. A calm, healing thought inside of me, How good it feels to let yourself be. Free from all my scattered mind, It feels so great to leave it all behind. Slowly reaching inside my soul, Self Realization is my ultimate goal. Normal respirations, undisturbed. It's truly wonderful without saying a word....
-By Iyengar Yogini, Erika Aviles-
Sept. 19, 2005
Well, my neck was always cranky and my back out of whack
Thanks to some nasty disks, with pain my body did wrack
Forever I felt crunched up, getting out of bed was quite a chore
I tried different forms of exercise which only made me more sore
Now although I was not that old, a mere babe at fifty-five
I was beginning to think that my golden years were taking a major nosedive
And then perhaps by chance or maybe it was just my fate
That I met Rosa Santana who inspired me to make that first yoga date
Miraculously within a few weeks those Iyengar asanas started to click
The aches and pains quickly disappeared and I felt like a hot young new chick
So now three wonderful years later, out of bed each morning I happily leap
To begin my daily yoga practice after a refreshing night's sleep
Not only do I feel better physically, but I have learned to be more kind
It's amazing how yoga improves your body while also mending your mind
Thus being a renewed healthy spirit, no longer filled with discomfort and rage
I actually am looking forward to enjoying middle age
For this unbelievable transformation and my optimistic and cheerful attitude
To Mr. Iyengar and my dear mentor, Rosa, I am filled with much gratitude
Neck and Shoulder PainI used to suffer from chronic neck and shoulder pain as a result of a radiation treatment I underwent. I started to practice Iyengar Yoga with Rosa seven years ago and positions such as triangle pose, shoulder stand and head stand helped me to strengthen and align my neck and shoulder muscles. Now, I am pain free thanks to my regular Yoga practice.
More than Fitness
I loved your class! You have great energy and your mastery of the postures and your willingness to give that individual attention to students in what they are doing incorrectly and showing them the proper alignment is lacking with other teachers.
You also explain the spiritual side to yoga rather than some yoga studios just treating it like a fitness routine. I look forward from learning from such an inspirational teacher.
“Regular practice of yoga can help you face the turmoil of life with steadiness and stability” (BKS Iyengar)
thank you for all you have taught me. I stopped coming (to the studio) last year after my husband's transplant...., but I have not stopped thinking of you all and fondly…I practice some of the things you taught me and it always helps me physically as well as mentally. (My husband) has had a rough year since his transplant and is going in for another surgery this week. I wish I could come in, but my life has gotten complicated and I am working part time as well. I think of you, Rosa, with peace and thanks for the lessons I have learned from you.