Cindy J, PT

"beYoga has greatly improved my daily life! After several knee surgeries, foot surgeries and issues with chronic back pain my core muscles were weak and my flexibility was limited. The day I saw my shadow bent forward as I walked was a wake up call. When I wore pendant necklaces they listed to one side because I was also tipped laterally. I thought I had a leg length difference.

During BeYoga beginner classes I became aware of how different the two sides of my body were at a muscular level. The instructor, Jen Baryluk, patiently described each movement and pose. She reminded us that the most important yoga we could do was on our own mat. We were not to concern ourselves with what others were doing. I learned to focus my efforts from within. Yoga was personal and progressive. The more I learned about letting go of the tightness I discovered internally the more I could effect change in my body.

I remember clearly the first time I was able to fold my legs and sit on the floor. This hadn’t been a goal in particular it had just not been done for 15 years due to knee pain and surgery. And yet, there I was, sitting on the floor with my legs crossed and not in pain. The flexibility I had gained in my back and especially my hips contributed to naturally sitting in this bent knee position.

Over time I gained flexibility and strength in core muscles and major joints. I stand straight and balanced; I feel taller. Many activities of daily living seem much easier such as getting in and out of a car, climbing stairs while holding objects, working in my home quilting studio and gardening.

I have taken yoga classes while traveling and at other studios in the Columbus area. Jen’s Hatha Yoga classes stand out in several ways. First and foremost we take time to completely relax our mind and body before we start the practice! Jen’s voice and verbal cues are soothing and easy to follow. She gently adjusts the pose for what each persons needs that day. The classes include a few favorite poses and always a variety of new ones. The practice is never boring and I continue to discover new areas of my body that benefit from yoga. The relaxation at the end of class utilizes many restorative poses that I also use in my practice at home. BeYoga has allowed me to move through life with more balance, strength and hope."

Sam Malik