LYW: What initially brought you to a yoga practice? How long have you been practicing.

Deb:  I have been practicing yoga on and off since 2009.  I used to go to a studio in Culver City.  I work at LMU and I took a few classes over a year ago at LYW.  I was busy with work and getting my Master’s Degree and getting my son through school so yoga just slipped by the wayside.  Last August 2017, I made it my goal to put my practice first. So, I have been going to Live Yoga Wellness regularly since then.

LYW: What brought you to LYW? And what keeps you here? How often do you practice?

Deb:  I came back in August 2017 and what keeps me coming back is Teri’s warmth and caring for all her students and the wonderful community she has created at her studio.

LYW: Are there any observations/comments/anticdotes from a class or workshop you attended you care to share?

Deb:  I have taken classes with several of the teachers at LYW and they are all very attentive, positive, fun and are always coming around to adjust your position because as they say just a small adjustment in the position makes all the difference.  In Teri’s class she brings Isabella “Izzy” her adorable dog who is the LYW mascot.  She is so sweet and animals always make for a calming environment.  I have taken several of Teri’s workshops at her house for Young Living Essential Oils.  Mostly recently her Chakra Balancing class with the Essential Oils.  All of her workshops are incredibly informative and also fun.  It’s a great community and group of people sharing their experiences and exchanging information and ideas.  Going to any of her workshops is so worthwhile.  The first workshop I went to at Teri’s house I discovered that two of the people attending the workshop worked at advertising agencies and we connected through mutual friends that we knew there.

LYW: Please share with us the benefits you receive from your yoga practice.

Deb:  What benefits me the most from my yoga practice is what it does for me mentally.  While the practice is so beneficial to open up our overstimulated minds, stressed backs, shoulders, hips, etc, what it gives me mentally, in terms of peace and centering me, is where I find the most benefit.  Being able to breathe through postures and stretch in yoga poses to my limit without comparing myself to anyone else helps me adjust mentally to not only my yoga flexibility but also my ability to be more mentally flexible in any situation. It helps to focus you from the inside out. I think the best thing about yoga is that no matter what condition you are in, your age or body type that you can reap amazing benefits from it. You just need to find the type of yoga that works best for you.  As the author Louise Hayes said she was 80 years old when she took up yoga.  She said yoga was the best thing she ever did and regretted not starting it sooner.

LYW: Anything else you would like to add?

Deb:  Teri Roseman has created a wonderful community at Live Yoga Wellness.  She is not only an incredible teacher, but a genuine and divine person. She gets to know her students and encourages them to explore their limits and not to strive for some pretzel-like perfection. With every pose Teri encourages and remind us that all of our bodies are different in what we can do and that we need to be aware of our progress on any day.  Teri always says that yoga is about experiencing where you are now than about where you should be.  Yoga helps teach patience with yourself.  If you can’t touch the floor today, that is okay.  The floor will always be there and one day when your body is ready to reach it, it will.  At LYW, I find that I am encouraged and accepted for where I’m at in my practice.  I find it to be a wonderful circle of people.