Absolutely the BEST yoga teacher ever!
I have been practicing yoga since 1991 and have worked with dozens of yoga teachers and have known many amazing ones. But none like Silvia.
Over a year and a half ago I had been experiencing debilitating neck and shoulder pain along with constant migraines. I had allowed myself to get out of shape and was also going through menopause. I was not sleeping at night and I became desperate.
I know how to do yoga on my own, but decided that I should try to work with someone who could help me develop a new practice. Luckily I found Silvia. She was very patient and gentle, guiding me through a long period when I was not able to do much physically, and emotionally I was pretty negative.
She combined many types of yoga along with a deep knowledge of how the body works (musculature, ligaments, bones) to develop a practice that is aligned to the needs and limitations of my aging body. Using breathing, relaxation, stretching and strengthening – we slowly and steadily started undoing years of accumulated tension and weakness.
Some days I could barely do anything, so the practice would focus on breathing and relaxation techniques. Other days I was feeling stronger and we would work on particular groups of muscles to strengthen and elongate. She constantly monitored how I was doing to make sure that I did not injure myself.
Now I feel great. Better than I have in over a decade. When I started with Silvia, I was convinced that I could never feel this good again. I absolutely cannot recommend Silvia more highly. She has had a profoundly positive impact on my life and well-being.
My private yoga classes with Silvia are the highlight of my week. When I started out with her, I was experiencing trouble with acid reflux, general stomach upset, and grounding. Together, we did some intense grounding and cooling practices that addressed my problems and it took only a couple of sessions to start feeling better.
Silvia’s emphasis is on discovering harmony of body, mind & soul through movement, breath, and stillness. She introduced me to aspects of yoga I hadn’t experienced before. Being a musician and singer myself, I particularly enjoyed the Hummingbee Breath, called Brahmari Pranayama in Sanskrit.
Although I haven’t had a chance to experience it yet, Silvia introduced me to Kirtan Yoga, a call-and-response style song or chant, set to music wherein multiple singers recite or describe a legend, or discuss spiritual ideas. It would be so much fun to try this out with a group of friends.
Yoga Nidra (guided meditation) was another style of yoga that we touched upon. As you can read, Silvia opened a door to many directions for me, and I am looking forward to more sessions with her in the future. I had taken yoga classes before but never in a private setting, and can highly recommend them for everyone. After each session, I feel relaxed and connected to the earth once more, and looking forward to my next session with her.
Thank you for the workshop Yoga: The Science of Body, Mind and Soul by @silviahendarta today, 11 September 2016. This is really lovely sharing that yoga is not only asana, also must be followed by our attitude, our thought, and our daily life as a yogi. I will try to implement what I got today. Silvia share this workshop very detail, but easy to understand, interesting, and including theory and practical in the class. Namaste _/\_
The journey of one’s learning is often shaped by the first teacher whom s/he met. In my case of learning yoga, Silvia is my first (private) teacher.
Silvia helped me to appreciate yoga, not only about doing yoga. Albeit my limited knowledge about the practice, she thought me on how to embrace each movement holistically — its ideal form, the synchronization rhythm with the breath, and the common pitfalls. She also took care of adjusting the intensity and speed of the routine to adapt to each student’s personal physical condition. For example, I have a not-so-healthy right knee due to an unsuccessful surgery. Thus, her advice to engage my knee first before placing it down onto the mat allowed me to better take up knees-on-mat routines. Perhaps it’s a piece of simple advice, but a considerate one.
Silvia’s well-rounded knowledge and experience of yoga allow her to pass on this beautiful practice to students, including the beginners. I wish more people would benefit from yoga by having a teacher like Silvia.