Give Yourself A Gift For 2012: Calm Your Mind, Steady Your Spirit, Try YOGA

Home Stager with Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY

This series started as a way to shine a brighter light on local merchants and businesses who offer unusual and thoughtful options for holiday gift-giving.

Three things became quickly apparent: First-we give gifts year-round, for different occasions. Two-sometimes we are the most deserving gift candidates we know. Third (channeling Sally Field now) you really, really liked it!

So now, going forward, this is a year-round, on-going series. Valentines Day is are birthdays, anniversaries, baby and bridal showers, etc. Please make this a favorite, and consider coming here first for you gift-giving inspiration.


For a number of years, I have been drawn to what I THOUGHT yoga was about, but got intimidated by all there was to KNOW: Intense yoga, hot yoga, gentle yoga? And oh yes, all the media images of slender flexible lovelies in spandex....the only constant was that I would read stories about real-life devotees in their 60s, 70s and beyond who were calm and happy, healthy and flexible. And the older I've gotten, the more I've wanted THAT to be MY future.


This is not to educate anyone on the specifics of's about how that even early on, it's come to work in the real life of an unathletic, non-graceful, kind of fearful and and semi-lumpy person (me), and that why a gift certificate for some introductory lessons could be the best gift you'd ever give.



Through a business organization I came to know Michele Weiss professionally. Travel is her business, but yoga is her passion. A casual conversation some months earlier led to an email about classes she was teaching, which then found me in a cozy studio in Stamford on a Saturday morning about 6 weeks ago.

Yoga Space Stamford is nestled in the 2nd floor of the LAA (Loft Artists Association) Building on Canal Street, just down from Fairway, off exit 8 of 95. Love the creative feeling of the building, and the clean, simple feeling of the studio.

 Owner Silvana Stein opened Yoga Space Stamford in 2008. First a practicioner for nearly 30 years, then a certified instructor, she has taught in lower Fairfield county since 1993, she is one of those afore-mentioned devotees with an amazing story of healing.

There is a very old saying (proverb?) 'when the student is ready, the teacher will appear'. That has proven to be the case in other profound times in my life, and I am seeing that here, too.

As I contemplate writing this, it occurs to me how un-intellectual this is. Thinking, talking, reading about it will not help you understand...for me, so far, it's been about just showing up, listening and doing...just following instructions.

lynegar yoga is what Silvana, and Michele, and the other instructors practice, this link can tell you more about it. Six weeks in, I can tell you first I am sore the day after...but it's a good sore. I never was concious before of how many different body parts there were that I had such control over. But I am also thinking better, and carrying myself gently, straighter. I am taller and calmer, and deep, settling breaths just come, involuntarily. It's wild.

Yoga Space Stamford has a full schedule of classes for those of all abilities, and some very attractive deals if you wanted to try a few without any monster commitment. If you are ready, and lucky enough to live in the Stamford area( it's 20 minutes for me, coming from White Plains), check out the site and call Silvana for any questions. If you are out of the area, research it a bit, and look for your own local haven. Treat yourself, you'll be glad you did.



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Kevin A. Guttman-Author, ReverseMortgageSpecialist
NMLS #384936 - Colorado Springs, CO

Thanks for this great post. I used to think yoga was only for women! It is a great way to stay limber and fit. Good post.

Feb 02, 2012 08:27 AM #1
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Marie, I really don't know a lot about Yoga.  I only have a superficial understanding.  On that note I have had a fair amount of martial arts training where stretching and meditation played a large role and that too had an affect on the mental attitude, physical stature...glad you found something that works well for you.

Feb 02, 2012 11:57 AM #2
Sue Ellett
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate ~ Paragon Property Group - Marble Falls, TX
Marble Falls, & Austin, TX, Lake Travis, Lake LBJ

I have done both Yoga and Pilates in the past and feel great when I am doing it.  But, I fall off the bandwagon and then have trouble getting back on... I just need to get back to it. 

Feb 02, 2012 01:03 PM #3
Marie Graham
Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY - White Plains, NY
Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager

Hi Kevin-thanks for visiting! Yoga is one of those things that people seem to have a lot of pre-conceived notions about, so you're not alone. Try a few beginner classes if you are curious-it might be an interesting alternative for you.

Nick-I think there are a lot of similarities, martial arts and yoga...but you hit the nail on the head, finding something that works...

Sue! Our lives change, and pull us in all sorts of ways. At 6 weeks-after thinking about it for YEARS-I am certainly no paragon of committment...but for today, this is what I can do. Trying to use feeling good-positive reinforcement- as a motivational force is new territory for me.

Feb 02, 2012 01:38 PM #4
Dawn A Fabiszak
Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado - Aurora, CO
The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience!

Marie ~ Yoga is one thing I would like to take the time to do it and understand it as well.  Years ago I bought a Yoga DVD, but never really used it.

Feb 03, 2012 11:59 AM #5
Marie Graham
Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY - White Plains, NY
Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager

Dawn-lessons-where there is a live teacher, in a different venu-helps suspend the brain. DVDs or stuff on TV I could never follow, mind always racing, and I'm still in my living room. SO many studios have crazy-cheap intro packages, Yoga Space is running 2 weeks of unlimited classes, $25.00!!  Try it an see...when you get shoveled out that is! YIKES, what weather you've had!

Feb 04, 2012 11:26 AM #6
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