“Many people feel the benefits of yoga after their first class. Often we are unaware of the speed at which our bodies and minds are operating so when we are given the opportunity to stretch, to notice, and to relax, our bodies immediately recognize the welcome invitation and respond quickly.” – Liz Eisman
“You can immediately feel the effects of yoga as you start to center your energy, body, and breathing. Although there are some long-term effects that come with continued practice, such as stamina, strength, stability, and flexibility, there are many short-term effects such as calming, stress reduction, clarity, inner peace, and mindfulness.” – Sarina Saturn, PhD.
“I like to think of it as a metaphysical bank account. If you make a deposit, there’s an immediate benefit. You’ve put something aside that you can draw upon later when you need it. But making a single or occasional deposit obviously has its limits in terms of how much you can withdraw later on. If, however, you make regular deposits over time, you can build up your metaphysical savings and earn even more interest on it. The sooner you begin, the more you’ll benefit from the beauty of compounded interest that can produce big dividends for life!” – Glenn Montgomery
For the volunteers, how have you personally benefitted from your service with Living Yoga?
“Because of my service with Living Yoga, my sense of what is means to be a community member has greatly expanded. I am more aware of the variety of challenges people face, I am more informed about the complicated systems of oppression and I see the financial implications of budget restrictions on community service organizations. A highlight of my service is how much clearer I have become about the healing power of yoga. It is fantastic to see faces soften, bodies relax, and hearts open. Witnessing the effects of the practice first hand is an enormous privilege of my service.” – Liz Eisman
“I’ve seen the impact that a single yoga class can have on a young person in a residential care facility, or a prison inmate. It’s not just the benefit from practicing yoga, but the fact that a volunteer took time out of his or her day to spend it with them, to care for them. True, as a Living Yoga volunteer, I may never see some of the students again, nor will I know the extent to which I’ve made a difference in their lives, but in that moment when class is over and before our paths diverge, I have experienced their gratitude, and that is a gift.” – Glenn Montgomery
“I have now been a volunteer for Living Yoga for over seven years. I have taught at the Richard Harris Building, Central City Concern and the Letty Owings Center, also Central City. It is incredible for me to be able to offer the simple teachings that were so meaningful, healing and special to me years before when I needed them most, as a student. It is amazingly gratifying to my heart, to be able to offer myself as a fellow human who cares, and is willing to be present for my students.” – Michelle Barton