Sarah is a Senior looking to Strengthen and Improve Balance

Sarah’s Challenges

While I am a cancer survivor, I had no particular stress or pain, but I am growing older and need the strength building and flexibility that the practices provide on a regular basis.

What Worked

Custom Calm yoga has been a transforming experience for me.  When I first tried it, after my first lesson, I thought that the whole thing was easy but didn't make any difference.  Boy, was I wrong!  It is a physically easy practice, but the benefits are immense.

As a result of regular attendance at classes, I am stronger, have better balance, and am more flexible.  I feel more confident that I will maintain my mobility and ability to get around easily when I practice.  In addition, I've learned some stress reducing and relaxation techniques from the practice.

Now when I'm stressed, achy or just tired, I practice a few yoga moves and always feel much better.  However, I continue to need the regular guidance and diversity of classes.

What you can learn from Sarah’s Experiences

Gentle yoga practices are extremely effective. With age, comes the need to empower yourself to continue to participate in an active lifestyle. There are so many techniques you can practice, and a proactive approach will enhance your overall well-being.


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Goldie’s Chronic Back Pain Alleviated

Goldie  is a Senior with back pain.

Goldie’s Challenges

While I was undergoing treatment for breast cancer, I also suffered from sciatica and back pain. I was diagnosed with spinal stenosis and instability in my back. Surgery was suggested. I was determined not to have surgery only as a last resort.

I was often incapacitated, unable to sit or walk for long distances. I was constantly in a great deal of pain and my life seemed to stop. This affected me both physically and emotionally.

What Goldie Tried

I constantly carried an ice pack with me. I tried acupuncture and massage. I also had spinal epidurals.

What Worked

After months and months of suffering, I started taking Custom Calm Yoga with Ellen and eventually I found that the gentle yoga, stretching and supported poses were very beneficial to my back.

I still have spinal stenosis but I can function well enough to go about daily living with a minimal amount of pain.  I know I can’t overdo.

I have learned many poses that I can do on my own, but I enjoy the classes where I have benefit of total mind-body connection and a sense of camaraderie with others. I have come a long way and I hope to stay that way and avoid surgery.  Thank you, Ellen, for all you have taught me.

What you can learn from Goldie’s Experiences

When we are looking for ways to help ourselves when facing pain, we try may avenues.  Custom Calm techniques are most appealing because they are non-evasive, empowering and cost effective.  Goldie experienced a reduction in pain and an increase in her strength as she worked with Custom Calm, which made a huge difference in her day to day living.

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