"I missed classes two wkends ago because we were out of town. When I went to class past Sat morning I was so exhausted I wanted desperately to stay in bed . . . all day. But, I made myself get up, run the pups and go to class. Talk about a transformation. After class I was a NEW person. I got my butt kicked, sweat buckets and rid myself of all the toxins mounting for 2 wks. I had great energy and was able to run errands all afternoon with my husband -- before class I thought I would surely take a nap instead. It's also amazing what it does for my mood and I have no doubt that my husband loves yoga as much as I do, solely for the positive effect that he sees it has on me! Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I had a renewed appreciation for my practice after that experience last weekend. You are an amazing teacher and an inspiration to all of your students. Thank you for having the will and passion to start Karma -- there are so many of us who look forward to every visit. Your spirit is infectious and you have created a family-like culture and community at Karma. I am extremely grateful for you and all that you have done for so many of us."
"Congratulations on the one year anniversary of Karma Yoga! Karma Yoga and you have truly changed my life and I deeply appreciate it. I look forward to more growth this upcoming year!"
"Friday evening Hot Yoga is my favorite way to transition from the work week to the weekend! Thank you Karma Yoga Omaha."
"The universe conspires, this I now know. I was ending a successful 35 year career in finance, but I was physically & mentally drained. My physician recommended that I try alternative medicine as my severe sciatica was not responding to standard treatment.
With much trepidation, I ventured into this unknown arena.
My preconceived notions of incense filled rooms inhabited by gurus standing on their heads and chanting spells was quickly dispatched.
No one judged me, a minor miracle in itself. My instructors
listened to my story, nodded, and kept right on gently guiding me. I soon began to believe this was more than just something to occupy my new found free time. I began to feel better, stronger, calmer, even nicer!
Within a few months my pain subsided, I had lost a few pounds and began to enjoy new friendships. Basically, my life had a new direction that was healthier in every way.
I have learned not to fear change. don't get me wrong, I don't chase after it, but as the Stones say. " you may not get what you want but you get what you need" Yoga is not a magic elixir but a means to get into yourself to help you get what you need."
- BETH -
"My teacher training was nothing short of amazing, and I can't imagine having a more qualified teacher. We received the most in depth experience in a wide variety of yoga styles, including hot yoga in the bikram manner, hatha, restorative, yin, and vinyasa to name a few. As well, we were encouraged to develop in the style that fit each of our own unique goals and personalities. As well, we had many experienced and knowledgeable medical professionals come in and teach us anatomy, nutrition, ayurvedic health, etc. We also had special workshops that allowed us to go beyond yoga basics, but that also taught us about how to incorporate what was anatomically happening in our bodies as we practiced the poses, breathing and focus.
The personality and energy that Lisa Kanne possessed, in addition to her expertise, was that of love, compassion and acceptance at every moment. This element of the training was priceless. It had a lifelong effect on each of our experiences, and for me personally, allowed me a new level of transformation during a very difficult period in my life that I will forever carry with me."
- JACQUELINE M -
"Yoga found me at a time when I really needed it. Isn’t there a saying, “The teacher appears when the student is ready?” I was ready to go inward. I have a lot of excess energy which if not channeled properly leads to overindulgence in sugar, alcohol or shopping. After practicing yoga consistently for about 3 years my cravings for sugar were virtually gone. I cultivated the ability to deal with any sort of discomfort with an awareness of what I was actually feeling and was more apt to explore the feeling rather than mask it with drinking alcohol or shopping. Practicing yoga generated the yearning for stillness and quiet, which lead me to meditation practice. When I first began practicing yoga I was drawn to hot yoga and remained with this type of yoga for around 4 years. Currently, I have come to the realization that less is more. By this I mean that I do a little bit of yoga everyday and focus more on meditation. My motivation for doing yoga has changed. It is less about the yang aspect – and more about cultivating the yin aspect of my nature-something I have neglected for a long time. Yoga has taught me to honor the unique parts of me - to truly listen to my body and not succumb to what is fashionable or the biggest calorie burner. Yoga is increasingly allowing me to be comfortable in my own skin and reminds me that the breath and moderation are keys to serenity."
- D.R. -
"This week I've attempted various breathing exercises. In one of the classes I attended this week the instructor spent some time teaching about Ujjayi breathing. She encouraged us to use this type of breathing throughout our entire practice. Something about the way that this instructor explained this type of breathing to be like an "ocean breath" finally made the lightbulb go off in my head. During the beginners practice I was able to remain with the Ujjayi breathing for the entire class. This was the first time that I was able to find ease in this breathing exercise and I found it to be immensely helpful to my focus and meditation. I think that in previous attempts at this exercise I had restricted the tightness of my throat opening too much. This week I was finally able to find the correct amount of restriction that is needed for this breathing exercise.
I've always been a person who loves white noise. I've even found myself leaving the water running in the bathroom sink long after I've been done brushing my teeth- because I become slightly addicted to the sound and can't pull myself away. Ujjayi breathing offers this same calming effect for me. When I lived in California one of my favorite ways to relax was to ride my bike for several miles along the coast and then lay on a blanket and nap to the sound of the ocean. Ujjayi breathing easily helps me connect to the passive calming meditative state much like sitting and listening to the ocean. As someone who finds it difficult to settle down into a calm empty mind at the beginning of my yoga practice, I've found the auditory cues in this breathing very helpful to remind myself to focus on the breath and stay in the moment."