Wow! What a great group of people that work at Breathe. I'm so impressed. I nearly collapsed in class today and they sprang into action. I was getting over the flu/dehydrated and too stubborn to miss a class. Kelly, who I'm sure is an angel, totally took care of me and the lovely receptionist (who's name I forget but remember it was a pretty name *Carolina*) totally took charge. Even though I was utterly embarrassed, I knew I was in good hands and really REALLY appreciated these ladies helping me to recover. Kelly even gave me her apple - now that's sacrifice!! Anyway, I'm hydrated, recovering from being ill prepared and embarrassed, but still feeling very warm feelings for the folks at Breathe. They are amazing.
Hello there. I have never taken yoga, nor have I been to your studio. I have pondered taking yoga for a few years now, but as a single mom of 5 and running my own business, I just never made it a priority. BUT, I just spent about an hour on your site, reading and listening to your genuine love and passion. So....now I am compelled to figure out what has made you all love this yoga thing so very much. Just felt the urge to share with you what an amazing gift your offering. Thank you for that.
"This is a note of appreciation for arranging to offer the Thrive Yoga program for cancer survivors at the McKenzie Towne Breathe location.
Anyone who had cancer knows all too well the many trips we need to make up to the far North West for everything. I used to look at the Wellspring offerings as well and they were just not convenient considering the class times and travel time. So when I received the newsletter for Breathe and saw the Yoga Thrive being offered I signed up immediately.
Thank you so much for bringing a much needed program to the Deep South! As well I understand fund raising efforts were conducted so this could be offered at no charge .... That is greatly appreciated. The thoughtfulness in arranging this is heart warming."
- With much gratitude, Karen
"Thank you for allowing me to be a client. I started to come to hot yoga in mid June and know that it helped me become a bit more calm during the storm in my life. I am 34 years old, mother of 2 young boys, and on July 18 was diagnosed with breast cancer. Coming to the sessions empowered me, relaxed me, and most of all helped me learn to breathe in a way that I never had. A few days before my bi lateral mastectomy surgery, after the last class of the night I bought one of your BREATHE necklaces. I saw it and knew what it was to be used for...
On August 11, 2011, I gave my husband of 10 years an envelope of instructions for when I woke up out of my surgery. A few of them were: give me a hug, tell me you love me, post on Facebook that I had just told my breast cancer to go f itself, and to place the BREATHE necklace around my neck and remind me to breathe. I haven't taken it off. Tonight is my first class back at hot yoga after on August 19 my surgeon told me that the cancer had not spread to my lymph nodes and gave me a clean bill of health.
I thank you for your service and for my necklace. Thank you again - thank you for breathe hot yoga. Thank you for your instructions and their guidance thru class. "try to find comfort in your discomfort" has helped me the past bit."
- Jennifer McCrea
"As a daily yoga practice, I found an increase in energy, alertness and strength. I have toned my body and in 4 months I have lost 4% body fat and 20 lbs. I feel great and my addiction continues as I promote the love of being in the moment in life."
- Bonnie Quon
"I love hot yoga at Breathe! I first pushed myself out of my comfort zone in early April when, never trying yoga before, I walked into Breathe for the first time. I haven't looked back. I have committed myself (with some exceptions) to daily practice and everyday my focus, flexibility, balance and strength improve. With the 30 Day Challenge I was able to push past my limits and it gave me the opportunity to see what my body and mind can acheive. I've learned patience, self-acceptance, determination and that you are all you need. Your body can be your total gym. I can't wait for the next challenge!"
- Lyndsay Petti
"Ironically my greatest realization came to me after my challenge was over and I decided to take a week off. My children and husband made sacrifices for me to get all my classes in, so I felt it fair to give back to them by being home. Missing my practice now for 10 days has made me realize the benefits that I received when I was practicing every day even more. Since I have been away from my practice I find my body feels more stressed with aches and pains, I have less energy and I have to work harder to maintain my positive spirit. I definitely felt better physically and emotionally during my challenge. The strength that I have found is not only physical (I see my biceps now when I brush my hair!) but also emotional and spiritual. I am new to yoga and after doing my first challenge and practicing for the past three months I look forward to a lifelong practice and on and off my mat!"
- Melanie Baird
"I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 13 years ago and since then have been trying to find a form of exercise that would provide health benefits but not deplete my energy reserves as much as exercising at the gym would. Yoga was my last resort, but it should have been my first choice. Since I started practicing at Breathe in April, my metabolism has improved, my energy levels have increased and my weight has gone down more than 20 pounds! Emotionally, I am healthier, happier and no longer have to rest for three hours after I exercise. In short, practicing at Breathe has helped improve my quality of life. The instructors always give modifications to poses that are difficult for me and they are always providing adjustments which ensure I don't aggravate my Fibromyalgia. Any person who is living with a chronic illness should as least try Breathe Hot Yoga - the health benefits are too numerous to mention. Any emotional or physical needs you are looking to satisfy can be accomplished through hot yoga. This form of activity will never let you down! You can work at your own experience level and the knowledgeable class leaders will guide and support you every step of the way. I cannot say enough about Breathe Hot Yoga! You have to try it to believe it!"
- Susan Smith
"If you would have told me a couple of months ago that I would willingly go to yoga, especially hot yoga, and enjoy being there, I would have laughed at you. If you would have told me that I would benefit from it, I would have disagreed vehemently! To this day, I am not sure how my friend convinced me to try Breathe but am I ever glad that she did. Boy! My pre-conceived ideas were very wrong. Not only has hot yoga helped me with my sore neck and hip-flexor problems (which have pretty much disappeared) but I have also started to lose weight again (I had hit a plateau for about 6 months). I even overheard my husband telling someone 'since she's been going to yoga, she seems so much less stressed'. Now, I can't wait to go to yoga and am disappointed when I have to miss out. The instructors are knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. The studio and amenities are classy, clean and upscale. The variety of classes offers something for everyone. If you are a doubter like I was, let me assure you that Breathe is worth a try - you will feel better just stepping through the door!"
- Chandra Martel
"I am just wanting to take a minute to tell you guys how amazing you are. I have been going to the studio since about March of this year, and am unfortunately moving to Canmore in a couple of weeks. The most stressful part has been worrying that I wont find a yoga studio like this one. I really want to make sure you know just how much I appreciate the experiences that I have had with you and the growth I have had within myself as a result. As I have my last few practices at this studio, and think about all that I am grateful for, I will be certainly acknowledging how thankful I am for having had this studio be part of my life for the last 6 months. I would like to thank especially both Dale and Liane for their amazing classes. The words they both speak have really inspired me to keep going and to make yoga an even bigger part of my life. So, with that being said... You guys rock."
- Erin Maltman
As I sit here and ponder on what's transpired in my life over the past six months since joining Breathe, I've come to the realization that my body feels and looks better health wise, my stress levels have lowered and to top it all off I've met some wonderful people.
Around February of this year, my wife suggested that I try hot yoga. Not knowing anything about yoga (a dairy product?), I looked into it further decided I would check out the Breathe Studio to see what it was all about. That's when I met Suzie for the first time...
She's the heart and soul of it all! I felt so comfortable opening up and talking to her about my health and life. After an amazing introduction and an instant nickname, "no-sweat-ski," I knew I had to give it a try. The studio was beautiful and the instruction was amazing, but the cold towels were the cherry on top - I was hooked!
Since that first cold winter evening, I've yet to look back. I guess that's why I purchased a yearly membership!
I would recommend Breathe to anyone. The staff are all genuine and professional; and with their "no ego policy" no one feels inadequate..... For that I say "Namaste".
- Tom "no-sweat-ski" Supinski