"Thank you for the great stretching that you showed us. I slept pain-free
last night for the first time in a long time!"
Garth M., Bellevue WA
"Alive and Shine Center is a wonderful place to come and get healthy
and fit, but for me it has also provided a sense of community and a center
for my spiritual practice."
"I've been coming to yoga three or four times a week for six months,
and I can walk for miles. I can walk as well as I could in my twenties.
No orthotics. No pain… My back and neck feel great too!"
Katie M., Bellevue WA
"The teachers are very well educated and make sure they are aware
of any physical limitations that any of their students have. The atmosphere
is one of everyone learning, not competing. Definitely 5 stars!"
"After almost every class I say to myself 'Now THAT'S the
best teacher here'… Every class feels like a workshop to me,
with individualized attention and very skilled instruction. I feel very
fortunate… Thank you, thank you!!"
Gina M., Bellevue WA
"I am so looking forward to more classes with Sandra, and John as
well! I am telling ALL my friends about the center, and how they must
experience it for themselves!!"
"I am grateful for the warmth and acceptance I find at Alive and Shine
Center. They will continue to play an integral part in my physical and
emotional support system."
"What I notice is that even once or twice a week of gentle yoga makes
a huge difference to my body. If I miss a week I have instant low back
and knee pain. After I do one class it is gone! Even a little yoga goes
a long way!"
"My life is all about taking care of others. Yoga is only for me!
It makes me feel centered, relaxed, and focused (if not just a little
sore the next day!)"
"It was my first experience with yoga in any form… Everyone
made me feel very comfortable and I left feeling very relaxed. I'll
Rob D., Kirkland WA
"The thing I like most about my asana class is the meditation we begin
with to quiet the busy day… I am also grateful for the balance,
strength and lessons I have learned."
"Their meditation classes have a quality unlike any other. The techniques
they teach are useful and effective and it is making a really uplifting
difference in my life."
Liz S., Kirkland WA
"This yoga is not about ego, how good you look in your yoga clothes,
or what fancy poses you can do; this is yoga from the heart… I
travel several times a year from San Francisco to attend classes, trainings,
and workshops given here!"
Linda S., San Francisco CA
"Wonderful studio with world class teachers. This is truly a yoga
school that welcomes all types of people and wants to truly teach yoga,
rather than just exercise."
"I particularly like the relaxed, non-competitive atmosphere, and
the focus on mental, emotional, and spiritual growth, not just physical
John P., Bellevue WA
"Your studio is truly a 5-star operation and I would recommend it
to anyone. Your instructors are superb and your staff is a group of truly
Wendy M., Kirkland WA
"I took my first workshop with Savitri in 2001 and have been studying
with her ever since. I love how the techniques that she shares are so
practical and can be used in your everyday life. When I came to Alive
and Shine Center I was shy and often felt that I lost my way and my voice
when in a crowd of people. With the meditation practice that I learned
from Savitri, I feel much more connected to myself and willing to step
outside my comfort zone. I find the techniques particularly helpful in
calming the nerves when traveling to new places and meeting new people.
Recently I had the opportunity to teach yoga to a group of 100+ people
that were mostly strangers. As I prepared for the first class, I felt
some of the usual signs of nervousness. I did a short meditation and soon
found that the space felt warm and welcoming and I had an inner support
guiding my words. I never would have felt that I could share in this way
without the practice of meditation that I learned at these workshops and
classes with Savitri. I am grateful for the many ways they have opened
up my heart and my life. "
Mirabelle Amour, Certified Purna Yoga Instructor
I was introduced to the meditation snacks about 6 years ago when I was
a student of the 2000 hour training. Ever since then these snacks have
become the one constant aspect of my life. They have given me the gift
of creating a true friendship with my true self/my spirit and knowing
that there is always a solution if I turn to my spirit with sincerity.
I have had the most magical situations occur.
“In my last job at a small IT Company as a Project manager, I was
working with a particular developer on a project. Every week we would
meet and discuss the goals and tasks to be completed during the week.
However, oddly enough every time we met, even though this developer would
agree and say that he would complete his tasks during the meeting, when
the next meeting came around nothing had been done! This happened for
about 3-4 weeks in a row before I realized that something strange is going on.
“At first I was pulling my hair out trying to understand how to communicate
to this gentleman and could not understand how someone could even act
that way. I was very frustrated. Then....I turned to the snacks. I realized
pulling my hair out was not getting me anywhere. With sincerity I used
the snacks to go deeper into my heart so I could really feel what was going on.
“Slowly I realized that I was attracting the situation so there were
changes I needed to make in myself. Instead of seeing this gentleman as
a nuisance I began to see him as a blessing. I started having conversations
with him about what he felt I could change. He mentioned a few things
which made me realize I needed to treat him with more respect. Slowly
as I started making changes, he began to feel safe, open up more and I
learned from him that he was actually burned out and felt like he had
no way out. He had been working on the same project for 3 years and felt
like he had stopped growing. He wanted to do something different to be
“After understanding this, I communicated this to my manager, and
we gave him one month off and started looking to add more variety to his
projects. When this gentleman came back after a month, I was amazed at
what I observed. He seemed much happier and not only did he get all of
his tasks completed on time but he was so on top of his projects that
it felt like he was project managing me instead. :) I was so grateful
for the experience because I could now see why he was hired in the first
place. I saw his beauty, sincerity and intelligence. I could have completely
missed getting to see the amazingness of someone and growth in myself
had I not had the snacks to turn to.
“Thank you Savitri for teaching us these amazing tools.”
Nitika Kohli, Redmond, WA
"After practicing the meditation techniques (or “snacks”)
taught in Purna Yoga during the last 10 years, I can definitely say that
these techniques are a very powerful way to positively change every aspect
of your life. One specific area of my life which has been positively impacted
is the area of personal relationships. Over the years, I have experienced
many instances where a troubled relationship with a friend, co-worker
or family member has completely changed into a positive and even loving
relationship after using these meditation techniques. These meditation
techniques are simple yet very powerful and have been a really effective
and efficient way to resolve so many situations which seemed hopeless.
For example, I experienced a complete turnaround in a relationship with
a family member. Things had been very contentious between this person
and me for several years. Many hours of discussions had not helped at
all and it only seemed worse. It had gotten to the point that I had almost
given up on things ever improving; this person was stubbornly set in their
negative viewpoints and reactions to me. Then I remembered about one of
the healing meditation techniques I had learned. I used this technique
and in the meditation felt a profound sense of healing and forgiveness
between this person and me. It didn’t take long at all for the results
to show up - within two days, I received a message from this person sincerely
apologizing to me for their past behavior and wanting to move forward.
This example is just one of many similar positive turnarounds I have experienced
using these techniques"
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