“I am new to yoga – a total beginner! Can I take your class?”

Hello! My class is suited for practitioners with enough experience to be able to follow verbal cues, transition from pose to pose, and breath consciously all the while. It may feel very challenging for a beginner. Since the classes are online, you can go at your own pace and pause when needed.

“What if I cannot get into a pose?”

You can always modify poses to a level that suits your physical ability, or suits how your body feels that particular day. Try not to worry too much about “getting into” poses and concentrate more on breathing and being present on the mat.

“What if I do not like chanting or meditation? Do I have to do that part?”

Chanting and meditation are vital aspects of a yoga practice. It can feel uncomfortable for some, since it may be foreign and seem “weird”. Rest assured, chanting and meditation have been around for centuries and are observed in some format in all spiritual traditions. Try it and see how you feel! There is no right or wrong way to do it – just practice being still and connecting with your breath, body and mind. You might see that with time, you look forward to this part of class even more than the poses.

“When I meditate, my mind is all over the place. Is that ok?”

Meditation is sometimes thought to be some sort of mind control -as if we have the power to empty our brains and all of a sudden…poof! Internal bliss. Not so much. Our minds were meant to wander, and to think. Trying to control that is futile.
What you can control is a few things: your reaction to your thoughts Judgment & evaluation (example: that’s good, that’s bad, I shouldn’t have that thought, I should think/feel this instead). Try to let your thoughts be. They are just thoughts, harmless in of themselves. They have no meaning until we layer meaning upon them. Its ok to think!
Physical reaction (example: my nose itches! I should scratch it…) Remain still as long as you can. Meditation gives us a chance to practice resisting instant gratification. This is priceless.
Direction: When your mind starts to wander, and it will, gently bring your focus back to something like your breath, perhaps a visual of a soft light, or a therapeutic mantra like “I am love and love is everywhere.” The act of gently steering your thoughts back to a grounding place gets easier with practice and patience. Don’t give up!

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“I have tried every diet out there and failed! How is this any different?”

Thank you for taking this class! I can emphasize with that sentiment. I also have tried many diets -it wasn’t until I actually understood the basics about nutrition, nutrients, caloric expenditure and metabolism that I was able to master my own nutrition and weight management. Nutrition is VERY complicated – my goal for this course is to present a straight-forward version of the basics so that folks can feel confident that they have the tools required to be successful, regardless of the diet plan. Keep an open mind! Your weight management IS possible!

“Do you provide diet plans? Will you tell me what to eat each day, with portions and details?”

In NY state, where I live and work, only an RD (registered dietitian) or an MD can provide specific meal plans with portions and specified foods. This is for everyone’s benefit – suppose you have some sort of underlying issue that is causing your weight gain/bloating/inflammation/etc – that would have to be addressed by a medical professional. I have a doctorate in education – which means I can educate you about what choices to make, how these choices may impact your health/weight, and how to make better choices in the future for improved outcomes. Having said that, I am sure there are many folks out there who are not qualified to provide meal plans but do it anyway. Not my style! Be careful who you listen to and where you get your information.

“Why would I buy coaching sessions when I can just take the class?”

Coaching means accountability. It means you are willing to do the work, show it someone else, and be accountable for your own progress/lack thereof. There are tons of classes out there, some are free, some are not. Some include access to the teacher, some do not. In my years of being an adjunct professor of nutrition, the students who asked questions, did their work on time, came to see me when they didn’t understand a concept, and embraced deadlines were the ones who did the best in the class. These were the students who went from not knowing what a vegetable was to including veggies at every meal – same for water, same for exercise. In other words, they changed their lives. You can too!