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“The benefit for me has been the major attention to breathing in yoga. . . . the pulmonary condition I have is such that every other year, I check in with the Mayo Clinic, and what I’ve learned is that my condition should have worsened with time, but it hasn’t. It’s stable, or slightly improved, so that’s just one of the amazing benefits of yoga.”
“Lots of studios put an emphasis on how you look and if you’re wearing the right outfit and all these silly standards that society imposes on us. There is none of that in Luna’s classes! Luna knows her anatomy and physiology very well, which is important, and she’s very attentive to her students’ injuries and how they might need to approach the positions. I like her whole approach to the practice.”
“I first went to yoga classes because I’ve had sciatica problems, and in another class, I discovered that certain positions gave me immediate relief. . . . One of the things Luna excels at is looking at each individual’s needs, limitations, and strengths—and she remembers them from class to class! I think that comes from her background in yoga therapy. Anyway, she carries that sensibility into the classroom, and that really works for all us middle-aged ladies!”
“I had been quite active in physical therapy for injuries and so forth, and a lot of the poses you do in physical therapy are the same as yoga, but to me, yoga is attractive because it ties together the meditative and the physical part. Yoga is just a more complete mind-body thing.”
“She’s very systematic about the way she does things. And yet, she can be so hilarious, so goofy. I think it’s because she’s Southern. . . . One day, she was having some stiffness in her hip and she said something like, ‘Sorry folks, I may have a hitch in my giddy-up there!’ So she has a very strong presentation, but she’s not serious, and you don’t ever feel like you’re being inspected under glass or something.”
“I tried a somewhat similar practice with another person, but it was much more structured, and there wasn’t discussion. Luna’s approach is much more refreshing in the sense that it’s comfortable, relaxed, and we can talk about things.”
In October 2012, I was in a car accident, and I hurt my lower back. I went to this chiropractor a few times, and he recommended that I go to Luna. I had no idea what yoga meant. She showed me positions to do and the breathing to do with them. I think it helped me significantly. I still have pain in my low back, but when I do the exercises, I feel better the next day. It’s more than exercise, it’s learning new ways to do everyday things, like lifting a package or how to breathe. So I’ve gone to these one-on-one sessions, which my insurance pays for, but I’ve also started going to some of these classes because I want to continue with this. It’s a life thing, something you carry with you. I’ll probably do yoga forever now.
— Stephen Lopez
Published May 02, 2013 - 06:30 PM
- International Yoga Alliance for Ethics www.internationalyogaallianceforethics.com
Every yoga student is entitled to rightful practice and a healthy student-teacher relationship. That’s why I’ve played a fundamental role in crafting a code of ethics with this influential organization.
- Santa Fe Pain Center www.santafepaincenter.com
I’m a member of the team at this multidisciplinary treatment center dedicated to pain relief through chiropractic techniques, massage therapy, acupuncture, and yoga therapy.
- Vedic Chant Center www.vedicchantcenter.org
Vedic chant is a powerful way to deepen your yoga practice, and this organization is a great source for Vedic chant CDs and other materials.
I have positive working relationships with several doctors and am always seeking to form more.
Published Jan 28, 2013 - 03:29 PM
|Clients: Distance Learning
If you don’t have a yoga therapist in your area and are unable to visit my Santa Fe office, consider yoga therapy sessions via Skype. This is also a great option for those of you who want to continue your yoga practice even when you’re out of town.
Contact me for details.
Once we determine that Skype can be helpful for you, I can accept your payment via Paypal.
Published Jan 27, 2013 - 12:29 PM
|Clients: Yoga Therapy--What to Expect
YOGA THERAPY--WHAT TO EXPECT
I strive to be an attentive, approachable teacher. My yoga therapy sessions and yoga
classes are efficient and effective, but low-key.
For the intake session, which is included in your first appointment, we will likely meet at my home studio at 1013 Calle Vianson. Be sure to choose clothes that are loose enough that you can move freely, but snug enough that they won’t gap open if you are asked to bend forward or spread your legs. It’s all about practicality. Clothes made specifically for yoga can be fun, but are definitely not required!
During the intake, you and I will talk in detail about your particular health concerns and personal goals. If your concerns are primarily physical, I will probably perform a postural analysis, where you simply stand in place, and I take detailed notes on your body’s structure. (Later, we may use these notes to measure your progress.) Next, I may ask you to show me what you have difficulty doing so I can get a clear idea of our starting point. For example, if a client is recovering from knee-replacement surgery, I might ask him to show me how far he can bend and extend his knee.
If your concerns are with respiration or stress, I will strive to get a clear picture of those concerns, your goals, your current lifestyle, and any other health conditions that may be affecting you.
Next, I will answer your questions. Finally, based on the information I have gathered, I will develop your yoga program, and our sessions will begin.
Published Jan 13, 2013 - 06:09 PM
|Clients: Class Descriptions
Wednesdays 5:30-6:45, on-going weekly class
Mind-Body Yoga Therapy Class
This on-going weekly class is adapted for those recovering from injury or stress-related illness. Learn to listen to your breath within yoga postures. Also, learn beginning breathing techniques separate from movement as well as simple mindfulness practices.
$17. drop-in rate
$85. 6-class pass (good for 6 months)
Private Instruction & Yoga Therapy: These classes are by appointment and offer one-on-one instruction. Private instruction offers the opportunity to design yoga practices for each individual and their specific needs. Find help for injuries and other health concerns or to improve your sense of well-being. Also, for those with an established practice, address your individual questions in these special sessions. It is recommended that you schedule 1-1/2 hours the first session and one hour for each session thereafter. Base regular rate is $75/hour.
Contact Luna for more information by clicking here.
Sliding scale is available.
Cancellation of a private appointment requires 24 hours notice. Failure to provide 24 hours notice will result in the student being charged for the appointment.
Cash, Check and a NEW credit card payment option via Paypal:
Published Apr 19, 2008 - 06:28 PM