Daniella Magnatta

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Daniella Magnatta

I was introduced to yoga thanks to lululemon when I started working there in 2010, I have always been an active person and the go-go-go type; yoga has taught me to slow down and how to really listen to my body. I remember one of my first yoga classes and how hard I found it was because I wasn’t very flexible. I admired the instructors and students who were so graceful and flowed through the poses with ease, I decided that I wanted to incorporate more yoga into my life with the goal of becoming more flexible. When I was diagnosed with Crohns disease and had to have surgery I wasn’t able to exercise like I used to for at least 4 months, which is when I really turned to yoga to slowly regain my strength.

These days, yoga compliments and balances out my strength training; it truly is the yin to my yang and I love being able to apply what I learn on the mat into my everyday life. I’ve been to lots of yoga studios and Zenergy has always felt like home to me. I’m so grateful to all of the amazing instructors and the owner Jessica for creating such a warm and welcoming space! I always leave feeling uplifted and with a full heart. My favorite classes are the Aroma classes and the Deep Release class! They are incredibly rejuvenating and I look forward to them every week.

Yoga has made me flexible in more ways than I could have expected. It has deepened my connection to myself mentally, physically and spiritually and completely improved my life. I have learned to honor my body and really tune in and listen to what it has to say. My practice teaches me something new every time I step onto my mat and it continues to show me how amazing the human body truly is.

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Akshata Kulkarni

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Akshata Kulkarni

Namaste,

I started practicing Yoga over fifteen years ago, but it was on and off, all or nothing, love and hate. I remember the first time I ever went to Yoga. I was 14. My sister dragged me to this class in our school. Well, we have a Yoga class once in a week in most of our Indian Schools and I really did not want to be there :). This Yoga stint was brief and came to an end when I finished my schooling. But it left a taste of Yoga in me.

After my university, I had a day dream of becoming like a model ... :):) and I started practicing Yoga but My practice was entirely body focused. I learnt most of the Asanas and also got an opportunity to learn Pranayama (breathing exercise) .This came to an end when I was out of my day dream!!. I had then realized that Yoga is connected not only to the body but also to the mind.

And then!!! I got married to a Yogi!! mm?? I would say I got a Yogi(s) family. My husband and my in-Laws are great believers of Yoga. At the age of 60, today my in-laws practice Yoga everyday and importantly with passion. They always wanted me to continue practicing Yoga for the mental and physical healthiness. This inspired me and helped me to find a Yogi in myself. Yoga and pranayama keep me calm and help me to handle all the family and work related stress. 

The journey continues in Canada....but this time with passion of making myself calmer and better person. I find Zenergy is very much connecting to my back home Yoga classes. Everyday I walk out of the class refreshed. Most importantly I feel full of life and positive energy each day. Zenergy is welcoming and all the instructors are awesome. My Favorite class is Sunday Aroma flow. I am sure you guys also have one...!

Cheers to all the Yogis there!!

Thanks to Zenergy!!

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Colin Stone

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Colin Stone

Life is not always easy.  We all have our struggles, and I'm no different. For most of my life I've battled anger issues, and mental health issues, as well as the usual stresses that day to day life throws at us.  I was in an unhappy marriage, not really satisfied with my work life, and was just generally an unhappy person. Things started to change for me about 12 years ago when I began studying martial arts.  I started to see the world, and myself, much more clearly, and I began working on my emotional health as well as my physical health.  Through my martial arts training, as well as a daily meditation regimen, I've learned how to let go of the past, and not allow the day to day stresses of life to get me down.  
 

I've now been studying martial arts for around 12 years, and I've been teaching for around 6 years, but as a man who just recently turned 50, my body doesn't bounce back as quickly as it used to.  That's where yoga comes in.  I attended my first yoga class almost a year ago, and immediately loved it.  I knew I had to make it a part of my life, and when I found Zenergy, I knew I had found the right place.  Doing 3-4 yoga classes a week at Zenergy helps my body bounce back from the rigours of martial arts training, and helps me emotionally and spiritually as well.  It helps me stay mindful and aware, and helps me stay focused on what's really important.

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Prashanthi Selvakumar

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Prashanthi Selvakumar

Hi all,

My name is Prashanthi. Shanthi means “peace”. And Prashanthi means the highest peace. Life gives good and bad. With some difficulties in my life, I was losing my peace and love. By coming to Zenery Yoga, I have gained back my happiness and motivation to enjoy my life. I had several sessions in yoga before coming to Zenergy, but I was missing what I need from yoga and some classes weren’t working out to my lifestyle. With Zenergy, classes are on good timing and I have learned the importance of yoga and the benefits of it. Additionally, with many different types of yoga offered by Zenergy, I have gained very important poses to my body and soul. The classes are great! I enjoy each class and instructors are very friendly and helpful. The classes are focused and results are great. I started as a beginner, it’s been several months now and I see my body more flexible than my first day at yoga class.

In the beginning, there were several poses that I thought I can’t do, such as downward dog, happy baby, tree and jet poses. With Zenergy classes and resourceful instructors I’m improving my poses and gaining benefits from them. My yoga colleagues are great and friendly. It’s been a great experience at Zenergy. And I would always want to continue and enjoy each moment at Zenergy! I wish all the best wishes to Zenergy for the future!

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Darryl Smith

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Darryl Smith

My yoga journey, so far.

Lets go back a year. 2015 wasn’t a very good year. First I got laid off, then my brother dies in a horrific accident. Month goes by, an uncle dies. Just when I think it can’t get any worse, my Dad is diagnosed with Dementia/Alzheimer’s. Then my Mom discovers she has Osteoporosis. I wasn’t a functioning human at that point. Retreating into my house, not able to talk to friends and family, I slowly became more and more secluded, depressed. Anyways, I realized something had to be done, I couldn’t live like that anymore. At this point I remembered a former girlfriend was always happy talking about or doing Yoga.
 

Looking for things to do I came across Zenergy. Signed up for the 30 day special. Took every class I could for those 30 days. Discovered there was a way out of my downward funk. Slowly as I took more and varied classes I became more confident in myself, my abilities. Having great teachers who encourage one to go further and challenge oneself does wonders. I still can’t stand on my head, but I’m trying!!

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Chelsea Hill

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Chelsea Hill

After only attending Zenergy yoga classes for just over a month now, I can wholeheartedly say that I am so glad to have become a part of the Zenergy Yoga community. All throughout my life, I have been fortunate enough to be a part of various teams and groups which taught me the importance of hard work and perseverance. Unlike the other groups, Zenergy has also taught me the importance of self-compassion and appreciation. During my first few classes, I found myself criticizing my lack of flexibility and coordination during the class, yearning for the days when I used to be a 12 year old agile gymnast. As I have attended more classes, however, I have been able to practice with much more awareness which has truly allowed me to honor my body’s current strength for what it is.

The other day when I was walking home from the studio, I found myself feeling so free and happy. I tried my best to identify the exact feeling I felt, yet couldn’t quite label it. The feeling left me with such an appreciation of who I am and the potential I have to accomplish my goals. I look forward to being able to continue to my practice with Zenergy as I believe the studio fosters personal growth and is extremely welcoming to all members. I hope everyone has an incredible month and an extremely positive experience while at Zenergy!

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Rohia Popal

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Rohia Popal

Hello beautiful people! 

I have been practicing yoga for about 6 years now, on and off. In December, 2010 I lost my dad very suddenly to a very rare form of cancer. Prior to his death, on Thanksgiving Sunday, my grandmother who lived with us our entire lives died the same year . Following her death, we lost another grandmother on New Year’s Eve. Completely shattered, confused and “broken”, my entire mind and body shut down and my spiritual alignment was completely off. I found a yoga studio and began my healing journey. Yoga has helped me deal with the loss of my family members tremendously.

I stopped going to my practice regularly after I began work at a Private Career College in 2012. In September of last year, I left that toxic job that I had been in for almost 3 years. Due to the crazy demands of the work as a College Manager, I started to lose my healthy habits again. Working almost 12 hours 6-7 days a week started to take a toll on my mind, body and soul. I gathered the courage to walk away and pursue my passion of being an entrepreneur. The transitional phase of leaving a stable secure job and finding yourself and your purpose can be one of the scariest experiences of our lives. However, finding your passion and unique skills and talents is also the most rewarding experience you can gift to yourself! As I was working on finding my purpose and self again, a friend recommended Zenergy Yoga. I was delighted that it was in Scarborough and signed up. When I walked in, I was greeted with smiles by not just staff but everyone who regularly comes in to the studio! I have been to many studios throughout the GTA and Zenergy for me, is a sacred place where I found my Zen, strength and connection to my higher self again. My regular practice of yoga has brought me clarity, comfort, strength and the confidence I had lost in certain aspects of my life. I start my day with yoga right at 9:30am and end my evening with yoga from 6pm to 7pm! If you ever plan on doing anything for your self care, incorporate Zenergy Yoga into your life! To your ZEN!

Love and light, 

Rohia Popal

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Nick Serio

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Nick Serio

Hello everyone! My name is Nick. I hope everybody is fine. I played organized hockey and tae kwon do for 15 and 20 years respectively.  There came a point when my body said "Please! Please! Please!", so my ex-wife recommended yoga. I was getting a lot of nagging injuries - sprains, strains and muscle tears. I began to practice yoga as often as I could and built strength that helped to decrease these persistent injuries. I try to practice 3-4 times a week here at Zenergy. Ahhh. Now my body and I are at peace. I never looked back. Long live yoga. Um. And chocolate. Good health and happiness to all!

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Laura Fallis

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Laura Fallis

My yoga journey began about four years ago when I was living in Kingston, ON attending Queen’s University. A friend introduced me to yoga-by-donation studio and I immediately fell in love with it! Especially while attending school, it was a great way to relieve stress and take time to remind myself to breathe. I tried to spend as many evenings at the studio as I could, often attending with friends and housemates. Even though yoga is often thought of as a personal practice, being able to share that time on my mat alongside my friends was very rewarding to me.

Upon graduation, I moved back home to Toronto. I began my search for a yoga studio in the neighbourhood, but this was proving to be a difficult task. That summer, I heard about Zenergy and started researching/Facebooking/Googling it to get any information I could – I couldn’t believe how close it was going to be to my home. Sure enough, I was there on opening day in August and am proud to say I have been practicing there ever since!

My journey at Zenergy has been wonderful. It has allowed me to continue and improve my yoga practice in Toronto. As I now have a full-time office job, I am certainly noticing the physical effects of a sedentary work lifestyle. Attending class allows me to stretch out those areas that become so tight and off-balance throughout my day, especially the yoga tune-up class (I had to purchase my own pair of therapy balls because I craved the relief they gave me!). Not only do I crave the physical relief, but the mental/emotional relief as well – attending Zenergy is often a humbling reminder to find gratitude throughout my day/week/month.

I am looking forward to seeing where my Zenergy journey will take me next! The community that has been built is incredible and I am very happy to be a part of it. 

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Kristi Panko

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Kristi Panko

My introduction to yoga started in the winter of 2003. I was working up north in a community which thrives in the summer months and becomes quiet during the winter season. A woman I worked with said “You should join me for yoga tonight at the town hall – it’s something to do to pass the time.”  I showed up that night with no understanding of yoga, no expectations and... no mat!  

Thirteen years later and I can definitely say yoga is not part of my life because it’s “something to do” -  it is something I cannot live without.  

Since that first class, I have moved to six other cities and towns and the first thing I do once I’m settled in is locate a yoga studio. Whenever I have not been able to practice or decide I should put yoga on hold and try another exercise, I find myself becoming increasingly grumpy! I have learned to make it a priority because I feel the most healthy and the most peaceful when I am in a yoga studio and this comes from the inspiration from the teachers and the energy created by everyone in the room.

I love the saying “you can't un-see what has been seen” and for me, this is how I look at yoga. Once you have been made aware of the importance of the breathing, once you centre all of your movements on your breath, and once you have had that experience of staying in a torturous posture because it was the power of your breath that kept you there – well, you simply can’t unlearn that part of it and nor would you ever want to!

A few years ago my mom got very sick and during her recovery I said “Mom, you need to start treating your body with natural healing – you need to do yoga”. She agreed to it and although she is somewhat fragile and not particularly flexible, I say to her “don’t worry about those things, just make sure you are always breathing – it’s the most important part of the whole process.”

It’s been a long time since that first class in the town hall, and to this day I still cannot get my legs into a bird of paradise and the thought of attempting a wheel posture makes me dizzy, but as we are often reminded, our focus should not be on what has not yet been accomplished. The beautiful thing about any yoga journey is that it is a continual work-in-progress and I’m blessed to be enjoying this part of my journey with Jessica and her team at Zenergy Yoga.

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Casey Mao

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Casey Mao

Hello! My name is Casey, and I stumbled upon yoga less than half a year ago. At that time, I had no idea how much it would benefit and impact my life. It was clear that my typical high school student lifestyle of studying at a desk day and night was lacking an element of exercise, so I decided to turn to yoga. It seemed like an activity I could manage and I thought to myself 'how hard can it be to just stand in a simple pose for a few moments?' (I know right- how naive of me).

Before I started classes at Zenergy, I never had any experience with the practice of yoga. When I stepped into the studio, I doubted how well a beginner like myself could manage in a class full of people who were more experienced. However, after my first class, I realized that there was nothing to worry about- from the friendly and approachable instructors to the supportive environment, Zenergy is a place where I feel comfortable challenging myself and trying new things.

With time, I also learned that yoga is not about how flexible or well-balanced you are compared to others, but rather how much you can improve yourself. This lesson became something that I carry with me throughout my everyday life. I'm beginning to focus more on my own growth instead of judging myself against the standards of everyone else.

Although my yoga journey had just begun, I can already notice the positive impacts that regular practice has made on my life. Being the easily stressed teenager that I am, my mind often feels overcrowded with thoughts and deadlines. Regardless of how tired I feel as I enter the studio, I am able to find a moment of calm and peace as I begin to focus on my breathing and my body each class. It feels amazing to be able to return to my studies with a clear mind after practice.

Yoga has already taught me so much about myself and my body, but I'm sure there are still more lessons to be learned- I can't wait to see what I will discover next! 

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Erin McNeill

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Erin McNeill

My name is Erin and home is where my mat is.

My first yoga classes were held in a church basement in my neighbourhood.  I took the classes as a form of exercise.  The notion of it being a practice was an unknown concept to me at the time.  I was much younger then!  I could do poses that I can’t do now, and yet there are poses I can do today that I couldn’t do then. That’s the beauty – of yoga, of being human, of changing and growing.

My next set of yoga classes many years later were held in a local high school’s auditorium. These were 90 minute Kundalini classes offered through the Continuing Education program for Adults.  Kundalini combines movement, breathing exercises, chants, and meditation.  As I look back now, I realize that I was ahead of my time for taking and sticking with this form of yoga for as many years as I had. It was moving me away from the notion that yoga is exercise to yoga is a practice.

Eventually I moved on from the school auditorium to an actual yoga studio. This is where I found community, and so much more… This yoga studio also offered workshops and I joined an evolutionary women’s circle that allowed me to meet like-minded women seeking answers about self that could not be readily accessed on one’s own.   My particular quest was to get back to myself (my essence) and soften my edges (feminine energy) from years in the corporate world (masculine energy). I referenced earlier that I was ahead of my time while taking Kundalini, I realize now that this was the start of my spiritual journey; that despite the demands of my career I carved out time to breathe, chant and meditate. How did I know how essential this would become in the next phases of my life?

Through this circle I met two women who were starting a travel company that combined luxury, yoga and spirituality.  I couldn’t wait to travel the world with them!  And so, along with other wonderful yogis, we started taking these trips - to Muskoka and Arizona and coming up in December 2016, to Tulum Mexico.All the while, the founder of the evolutionary circle, along with other collaborators from England and the States, hosted a global spiritual retreat in Tuscany this past July in a 17th century villa. Yoga under the Tuscan sun … sign me up!  Needless to say, I met the most amazing people there; specifically some fellow Canadians from Halifax, and so for my birthday in September I flew to Halifax for a “Tuscan reunion“east coast style.

Next up, Zenergy!  I am at Zenergy to challenge myself yet again, with new teachers, a new environment and with other yogis.  I am beyond impressed with Jessica’s vision to open a yoga studio at such a young age. I applaud, respect and support this entrepreneurial spirit.  

Home is where my mat is, and so wherever I practice, I find home.

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Brandy Manone

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Brandy Manone

My name is Brandy and I have been practicing at Zenergy Yoga Studio for a little over a year, and I can honestly say I love Yoga!  I love the way yoga makes my body feel and look!  I love the way yoga makes my mind stop and expand all at the same time!  I love the way yoga nurtures my spirit and helps let my inner light shine brighter.  I love the yoga teachers and fellow yogis who share their talents, encouragements, and energy.  I love it! I love it! I love it!

Over the past 10 years I’ve experienced some painful changes in my life.  And as Robin Sharma explains, “All change is hard at first, messy in the middle, and so beautiful in the end.”  Yoga has become part of my beautiful end that is turning into my inspired beginning.   Yoga is a space where I go to rediscover myself as I am in the moment with intention of building a strong foundation of wholeness within.  

The physical practice of Yoga has become an interactive metaphor that provides opportunities to understand and practice concepts of letting go, building a strong foundation, and the importance of self-love and empowerment. For at least an hour out of my week, I explore who I am from the inside out.  This last year has definitely given my mind, body and soul greater strength, flexibility, and balance.

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Dora Petropoulos

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Dora Petropoulos

Hello there! I'm Dora. I am an aspiring environmental journalist and urban planner. I’m in my third year of university and an active yoga student.

I started practicing yoga almost by accident. As a busy undergrad student, I admittedly slacked on any type of consistent exercise (running to catch a bus isn't an Olympic sport…yet). Unsurprisingly enough, I'd gained a bit of weight, which I wasn't happy with, so I started long distance running. While the running helped me physically feel stronger, I noticed my mind was not up to pace. While passing a bulletin board, I came across a restorative yoga class ad and decided to attend.

My experience was in the class was profound, and it was at this point I decided to couple my running with some yoga to achieve some extra space, both in the body and mind. And for two years, yoga grew from a post-workout hobby, to a practice I couldn’t be without during my week.

One of my favourite things about yoga is how you're always learning to do more and be more, but at your own pace. It’s always funny to me how different variations of stretches of seemingly simpler poses have something to teach you, even if you've been doing them for years. The more I practice, the more I can pay attention to the little details, like improving on my alignment, or noticing the stresses in different parts of my body.

Still, for me, one of the best parts about yoga is how it changed my relationship with my body. Yoga became less of a workout and something more natural to me. Doing yoga isn't a chore or something I have to remind myself to do, but something I actively look forward to every day. It has also helped me immensely when it comes to dealing with my school stresses. It's been a wonderful constant, a time in my day when my brain will quiet down and I will feel truly at peace with myself no matter what's going on with my life.

I found myself at the Zenergy Yoga around August of 2015. The studio was spotless and teachers were all welcoming and knowledgeable—encouraging everyone to work at their own pace and help them meet their individual goals. I had high hopes, but could never have imagined how, in such a short time frame, I would be so dramatically impacted. Since I started my yoga practice with Zenergy, I feel lighter, happier, and more much more mindful—almost like a different person. My mind feels at peace, and I now have time to really think about how I will peruse my post-academic goals. Also the back pains I frequently got from running lessened, and as time went on I noticed I felt much less exhausted by even the end of my longest days.


If I had a dollar for every time someone has said to me "What happened to you?!? You're glowing!" I could buy my own yoga studio.

 I really want to thank the Zenergy community for making me glow!

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Melissa Boizot-Roche

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Melissa Boizot-Roche

My first memory of yoga dates from when I was a child, watching my parents do sun salutations.  In my memory, everything is peaceful, the morning light streams through the windows... 

My first yoga class was not quite as peaceful.  It was 10 years ago.  I was participating in Katimavik, a volunteer program bringing together youth from across the country.  There were 30 of us, lying on the floor of a gym in Ottawa.  The person on my right was snoring.  The person on my left was giggling (and, let’s be honest, I was probably giggling with him).   I don’t remember the teacher’s name, but I do remember that we called her “the vibrating particles lady”, because the first thing she talked about was vibrating particles.  Both hands and chairs are made of vibrating particles, she explained.  If we believe it strongly enough, our hands will go right through the back of a chair, vibrating particles making way to vibrating particles.  We were not convinced.

I didn’t do much yoga until 5 years later, when I moved to Vancouver and was therefore obligated to take yoga classes (it’s a requirement of living in Vancouver, just like paying taxes).  I traded vibrating particles for yoga on the beach (surrounded by naked people smoking and playing Frisbee – it was a “clothing optional” beach) and I was charmed. 

I’ve practiced yoga on and off since, but it wasn’t until I joined Zenergy Yoga that I really appreciated it.  I joined Zenergy Yoga at the very beginning and I’ve it’s been such a pleasure to see it grow.  It is such a lovely and welcoming studio.  I’ve loved developing my practice with the help of generous and kind teachers.  I’ve loved the varied challenges it presents me: one day we’re working on strength, one day on our flexibility, one day on our balance... and always on our breathing! 

As a student midwife, I am pretty much always busy and overwhelmed.  I have found it hard to make time for yoga in between clinic, births and home visits.  But whenever I come back to the studio, I realize what I have been missing.  Yoga makes me feel better: calmer, less overwhelmed, in a better mood...  And even if the student life takes over for a little while, I know I will be back!  Zenergy Yoga is such a special place and such a wonderful, diverse community.  Thank you for welcoming me!

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Keith Woolley

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Keith Woolley

My Yoga Journey

My name is Keith Woolley and I currently work for the York Region District School Board as a School Braillist and Educational Assistant for the blind and visually impaired. I live with my affectionate cat, Ginger, who I adopted a couple a years ago. He has given plenty of love and affection. I am also part of a larger worldwide co-operative community of devotees who follow the spiritual teachings of Avatar Adi Da who personally discovered a religion that integrates both eastern and western traditions. Through Avatar Adi Ada's Teachings, I have uncovered a life of discipline, devotion and simplicity which has given me great happiness and joy which I have not been able to find throughout my inner and outer searches in this chaotic and conditional world of ours. 

One of the great disciplines I have discovered in my life is the discipline of Yoga. I found Yoga in my early 30's and I have been practicing Yoga faithfully for over 20 years. I fell in love with it immediately. I also learned over time that it relieved me off my severe anxiety and depression along with other physical health ailments. I noticed that over time I was finding an equanimity and a peaceful body-mind that was slowing replacing my anxious and unhappy life. I have been part of many spiritual and Yogic communities throughout a large part of my life and I find it an important part of my growth and spiritual connection.

Yoga integrates both mind, body and spirit which is a very important aspect in living in this chaotic world of ours. I also feel that it is important to find a supportive community and relational instructors. I definitely find this at Zenergy. The instructors are very attentive and knowledgeable which I find is a very important aspect in teaching yoga. Zenergy has given me a place of refuge where I can feel safe and also feel that I am part of a larger and growing community of like-minded people. I must also say that I thoroughly enjoy the soothing background sound of the waterfall which is a great plus.

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Corinne Sutton-Smith

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Corinne Sutton-Smith

Every great search can end in an adventure if you're ready, and I was. I was searching for some way to get healthy. I had reached the dreaded 40's (lol) and knew something had to change. As everyone today, I had my baggage" stress, medical ailments and a basic need to get healthy. Many options were tossed around to me, but yoga seemed to keep popping up as the option to try. I was not totally convinced it could give me a workout AND be fun - boy, was I wrong! 

At about the time I was starting to investigate what a yoga studio was and what it could offer me, Zenergy Yoga opened up.  As a yogi virgin, I didn't know what to expect. What I discovered what not just a yoga studio which I attend regularly, but a community and an amazing place to work on me. The instructors are pretty cool, too!

I'm about a year into my practice and I feel good and I think I look good. Most importantly, I'm happy to say that most of my medical ailments are all gone - all because of my yoga practice. Even a year of regular practice later, I'm excited to say that I think my adventure in yoga has really just begun. Thank you. 

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