Mar 112015
 

Featured SAVY Yogi of the Month – Aricia Haywood

Aricia Haywood

My name is Aricia.

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I’m a 23 year old west coaster (from Victoria BC).

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I have been practicing yoga on and off from about the age of 8.

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Growing up, I saw Yoga as a big part of my mother’s life.

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I faded in and out of my own personal practice.

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Approximately two years ago I found a new appreciation for yoga while searching for anything that would help my anxiety and to help me with the stresses of everyday life.

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I was searching for something to calm my mind and heal myself with. I found it in yoga.

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I usually practice moderately active flow style yoga, but have experimented with hatha, hot yoga, bikram, ashtanga, kundalini and other styles.

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After almost two years of practicing (almost) every day, I decided it was time to take my practice to a new level, and begin to share yoga with those around me so that I can help others find what I found in yoga.

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I flew across the country, in February, to a bitterly cold and snowy London, to attend SAVY international’s two-week yoga teacher training program to become a registered yoga teacher.

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The training was fascinating, all-encompassing and in depth.

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The instruction was very encouraging, and really helped me to understand physical postures and find confidence in poses that I never thought I would progress in.

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During my training I grew to appreciate the depth of yoga, its history and philosophy.

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At the end of two weeks, exhausted, inspired and frozen solid, I dragged myself onto the airplane that would take me home, inwardly beaming at my accomplishment.

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I left SAVY feeling inspired, confident and super-excited to share yoga with those around me.

 

A note from the President’s desk

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

 March, the month which marks the beginning of spring, is here! The March equinox on the 20th or 21st marks the astronomical beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the beginning of autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. The name of March comes from Latin Martius, the first month of the earliest Roman calendar. It was named for Mars, the Roman god of war who was also regarded as a guardian of agriculture and an ancestor of the Roman people through his sons Romulus and Remus. His month Martius was the beginning of the season for both farming and warfare. 

In this now very popular Featured SAVY Yogi of the Month series, we present SAVY Yogis who have been learning the right kind of true, traditional yoga with correct techniques, have done wonderfully well for themselves and are a guiding light and a source of great inspiration for others.

In this month marking the onset of spring, it’s my pleasure to introduce Aricia Haywood, our new savvy SAVY Yogi  for the month of March. She completed her RYT 200 Yoga Teacher Training with me in February, 2015 and is a Yoga Alliance, USA registered Yoga Teacher now. She’ll be completing her DSBH Breathing Educator (DBE-I) training soon. A dedicated and devoted Yogi to the hilt with the freshness of a blossoming spring flower, a bold explorer who loves to meet challenges head on, she is blessed with a compassionate heart, a strong, sinewy, lithe, sculpted and flexible yoga body and a steely grit. She braved the merciless freezing cold and dipping temperatures to come and join us here at SAVY for Registered Yoga Teacher Training and ruffled the brutal February cold weather in London with the whiff of freshness and warmth of spring air all the way down from Victoria, BC! Always up to the demands of the rigorous, intensive training and the ruthless 16-hour routine for two weeks straight she chose to join us for, she seemed to thoroughly enjoy every moment of her encounter with the intense challenges and met each one of them head on! Her attitude, devotion and professionalism made the extreme weather conditions look like nothing more than a mere minor inconvenience. She had done traditional yoga before and enjoyed her re-encounter and rediscovery of authentic traditional yoga at SAVY Studio. She showed a very keen interest in learning new yoga poses. She is an avid learner of her new-found passion of Yogic breathing exercises and newer meditation techniques, and what they can do for her. Day in and day out, she worked her way through the routines with great dedication. She has a keen sense of inquiry, is quick to learn, came out with flying colors in the training, and is bound to do great for herself. She is certainly going to be a source of enormous inspiration for her future students.

All the best, Aricia! Keep it up.

Jitender

Jan 302014
 

Featured SAVY Yogi of the Month – Julia Chandler

 

My name is Julia Ann Chandler and I joined SAVY Yoga Studio on  January 17th 2014. 

I was practising Hot Yoga at a very prominent Hot Yoga Studio here in London for approximately 3 weeks and, a little over 10 years ago, I practised traditional yoga in California as an added weekly exercise regimen.

Julia Chandler

I regret not keeping up with my Yoga routines from back then.

Julia Chandler

Although I try to do my best to stay in shape I never seemed to get as sculpted as I once was while practicing yoga.

Julia Chandler

When joining SAVY my hopes were to focus on relaxation and my struggles with anxiety.

Julia Chandler

My expectations have been met and beyond.

Julia Chandler

In only the two short weeks that I have been practising at SAVY International my stress and anxiety is much more under control through breathing exercises and guided yoga practices.

Julia Chandler

I have even practised some of the breathing techniques I have learned at the studio on my own with great success.

Julia Chandler

Already I can see an enormous amount of improvement not only with my stress levels but my strength and toning.

Julia Chandler

My experience at the SAVY Studio has been amazing.

Julia Chandler

With the warm and inviting atmosphere I have been giving my best efforts to do a class daily.

Julia Chandler

There is no pressure or competition during practice it is much more of a healing experience.

Julia Chandler

Dr. Jitender K Sahdev is a kind hearted man with a plethora of knowledge in many areas which is an added bonus in any Yoga instructor.

Julia Chandler

 

When I first contacted SAVY International to inquire about classes and prices, Dr. Sahdev kindly scheduled me in for an hour long ‘Meet and Greet’ where he showed me around the Studio, explained his credentials and practices, as well as answering any questions I may have had.

Julia Chandler

I have noticed my flexibility increasing daily.

Julia Chandler

I now feel more in control of my stress levels through deep breathing exercises.

Julia Chandler

After a yoga class my energy levels are through the roof and a sense of calmness stays with me throughout the day.

Julia Chandler

All these improvements I’ve noticed in just two short weeks.

Julia Chandler

I cannot wait to see how I’m feeling after two months or even two years.

Julia Chandler

As I get better at my practice, the better I’ll feel overall.

Julia Chandler

Strong body mind and soul!

 Julia Chandler

I highly recommend SAVY International to anyone seeking an authentic Yoga experience! You will be amazed just how beneficial it can be for you! Whether you’re adding yoga to your exercise routine or solely focusing on yoga, it is a win win! SAVY International is a ‘go at your own pace’ studio and when you leave you’ll be feeling great wanting to come back for more!

 

A note from the President’s desk

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

February, the shortest month of the year, is here. It’s a Black History Month studded with Groundhog Day on 2nd, World Marriage Day on 9th, the day of romantic love on Valentine’s Day on 14th, Family Day on 17th, International Mother Language Day on 21st. Winter chill still continues to be biting but severity will certainly decrease. Continue your efforts to stay fit, enjoy the winter sports and keep the warmth in your hearts alive through this last month of winters. SAVY Yoga helps you stay hale and hearty in such severe weather, as in any other weather, making you almost weather-proof.

In this now very popular Featured SAVY Yogi of the Month series, we present SAVY Yogis who have been learning the right kind of yoga with correct techniques, have done wonderfully well for themselves and are a guiding light and a source of great inspiration for others.

In this colourful month, quite warmly marked by Valentine’s Day, it’s my pleasure to introduce Julia Chandler, our new savvy SAVY Yogi  for the month of February. A curious and open person with a very inquisitive mind and blessed with a lithe and flexible yoga body, she joined SAVY Studio very recently, but we have already shared tons of information, surfacing after the barrage of questions she is ready to fire any time! Now that almost all of the 60 classes per week at the Studio have different routines and lots of classes are available at the Beginners’ and Intermediate level to all the yogis joining the Studio, she has had a chance to try many of the different yoga routines, and as is quite evident from her interest and enthusiasm, she seems to have enjoyed each single one of them, whether they were easy or challenging. She has done traditional yoga before and is enjoying her re-encounter with authentic traditional yoga at SAVY Studio. She has a very keen interest in yoga poses and is an avid learner of the newly discovered breathing exercises and what they can do for her, and works her way through the routines very dedicatedly. She is quick to learn, is bound to do great for herself and is certainly a source of enormous inspiration for others.

Keep it up, Julia! 

– Jitender

 

 

Dec 012013
 

Featured SAVY Yogi of the Month – Donna Hebert

My name is Donna Hebert and I joined SAVY around August-September 2012.

 Donna Hebert

 My background in Yoga was very limited – I did a little bit in my late teens and had one 8 week course in Yoga in my early 20s.

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Unfortunately I had not kept up with Yoga as I “aged”.  My daughter asked me last year if I would be interested in “trying Yoga” and much to her surprise I agreed and hence attended my first SAVY Yoga class in 2012.

 Donna Hebert

 

Much to my disappointment I could not even sit on the floor with my legs under me!  My strength and flexibility had disappeared over the years and arthritis was setting in. This was not good!  Would I stay with it??

 Donna Hebert

 

I decided perhaps through perseverance I may be able to make improvements in my flexibility.  So while I started off huffing, puffing and complaining I gave it a whirl!

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By the time January and February 2013 arrived (only a few months after I started) I took a break. I had noticed improvements in how I felt and  thought I was fine to do this.   (I am not much for going out in winter especially at the end of a work day – that is why I missed classes!).

 Donna Hebert

 

When Spring arrived ( a couple of months later) I returned to Yoga.  I realized it had not been a smart move to miss those couple of months of classes.  Arthritis had meantime reared its ugly head even further!  Since April, I started to attend classes more regularly and while I would like to attend more frequently, ( other commitments)  I can say that improvements have been made.

 Donna Hebert

 

I am back to being able to sit on the floor with my legs under me and can now hold a number of the poses for more than 10 seconds! I feel better and have noticed a great improvement in my strength in the upper part of my body!  Overall I feel physically better.

 Donna Hebert

 

It has also made me realize that no matter what is going on in one’s life, if we don’t take care of ourselves we will not be any good for anyone else.

 Donna Hebert

 

I strongly encourage those people not involved in any form of activity to try Yoga – you work at your own pace – and your movements and flexibility will improve.

 Donna Hebert

 

I know I for one will continue to stay with Yoga as ending up in a wheel chair is not someplace I want to be! Having been a working parent and raising children I also strongly emphasize to many young people to not neglect themselves – make time and give Yoga training a try.

 Donna Hebert

 

SAVY is a comfortable and safe place to receive your training and Jit is a Dr trained in India.  Although he does not yet practice medicine in Canada he certainly understands ailments and disease quite deeply.

 Donna Hebert

 

As a result any pose can be tailored to accommodate the student and as the student gains more flexibility, the pose will be improved.

 Donna Hebert

 

No one need feel intimidated!

 Donna Hebert

 

In summary, I highly recommend you give SAVY a try!! Procrastination does not exercise the body!

Donna Hebert

 

A note from the President’s desk

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

A Merry Christmas to you all in advance!

December, the first month of meteorological winter and the month of festivities, is here. December is the month with the shortest daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Winters can be pretty severe and harsh in Canada, so, all the more reason to awaken to the needs of our body and intellect. Stay fit, enjoy the winter sports and keep the warmth in your hearts alive through the winters. Yoga, more than any other modality, helps you stay hale and hearty in such severe weather.

In this now very popular Featured SAVY Yogi of the Month series, we present SAVY Yogis who have been learning the right kind of yoga with correct techniques, have done wonderfully well for themselves and are a guiding light and a source of great inspiration for others.

In this month marked by coldness, it’s heart-warming to introduce Donna Hebert, our next savvy SAVY Yogi. A yoga student with a child-like curiosity and with a huge potential, she is one of the ‘bendier‘ people at SAVY. She loves to try newer poses, especially if they are more twisting and challenging, and one has to be quite inventive to be able to keep up with per pace of learning and pick up. Waxing and waning in her bending capabilities in proportion to her periods of absence because of her commitments, she is always able to pick up from where she left, and go still a step further in her attempts. A very positive person, she is a source of constant inspiration to those awe-inspired others around her in the classes. She has done really well not only for herself, but has been constantly inspiring others too to do better and better.

Thanks and Keep it up, Donna! 

– Jitender

 

 

Nov 022013
 

 Featured SAVY Yogi of the Month – Eugene Wong Won

My name is Eugene Wong Won.
I joined SAVY International back in June 2013.
 Before joining SAVY, I was having a lot of lower back pains and my flexibility especially in my legs was not very responsive.
My doctor prescribed pain killers.
 
I am not a spring chicken, but that was not acceptable. I decided to do something about the problem.
My wife who was then doing yoga at SAVY encouraged me to join the yoga classes. And this is how it started.
 
Over the past five months, I have been going to yoga classes on the average four days per week enduring the exercises and deep stretches for one hour a day under the professional guidance of Dr. Jitender Sahdev.
Today, five months later, I am happy to say my flexibility and mobility have improved, my back pains are hardly noticeable and I no longer take the prescribed pain pills.
Your body, like a car, always need ongoing maintenance. Yoga is part of that ongoing maintenance for your body.
Definitely, for me, yoga with Dr. Jit has been a positive experience. 

A note from the President’s desk

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

November, the month of the Remembrance Day, is here. November used to be the ninth month in Roman calendar, hence its name from novem means nine; but it became the eleventh month later when January and February were added. Month long observances are held for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, COPD Awareness month, National Novel Writing Month, National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo), Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, American Diabetes Month, Lung Cancer Awareness Month, National Homeless Youth Awareness Month, Crohn’s & Ulcerative Colitis Awareness Month, National Pomegranate Month in the United States, International Drum Month, National Stomach Cancer Awareness Month (United States), Epilepsy Awareness Month, No Shave November, Movember and many more events.

November starts on the same day of the week as February in common years and March every year. November ends on the same day of the week as August every year. November starts on the same day of the week as June of the previous year in common years and September and December of the previous year in leap years.

In this now very popular Featured SAVY Yogi of the Month series, we present SAVY Yogis who have been learning the right kind of yoga with correct techniques, have done wonderfully well for themselves and are a guiding light and a source of great inspiration for others.

In such an important month, it’s a matter of great pride for me to introduce a man of wonderful calibre as our next savvy SAVY Yogi – Eugene. He is a man with a golden heart! Not only is he a great friend and a very important member of SAVY family, but also a very helping, loving and caring person, sporty and smiling always. A man of some serious grit and determination, he keeps pushing the bar up. A lively person, he takes his yoga very seriously. Eugene and Liz, along with Marlene and Judy, are a joy to teach. His determination, regularity and progress in yoga classes has been exemplary.

Keep it up, Eugene! 

– Jitender

 

Sep 302013
 

Featured SAVY Yogi of the Month – Debbie

Hello, my name is Debbie. I have been with SAVY Yoga for 2 years now.

 

I have practiced yoga now and then over the years and have recognized the many benefits it can provide.

Debbie

From the very beginning with SAVY, I have been impressed with the amount of knowledge and background Jitender brings to the classroom.

 Debbie

He is caring and compassionate and works with each individual to challenge your ability for improvement.

 

Debbie

 

Along with the great bunch of participants class is not only fun but entertaining as well.

 

Debbie

 Sometimes I might not really feel like going to class, but when I do, I feel so invigorated for the rest of the day and so glad I made the effort to be there.

 

Debbie

Debbie

My favorite poses would be the shoulder stand and the sun salutation.

Debbie

Debbie

Yoga has benefited my everyday life by increasing my inner core strength,

 

Debbie

 

improved my posture,

Debbie

given me energy and peace of mind.

 

Debbie

It has been a real pleasure getting to know Jitender and his family.

 

Debbie

I would encourage you to come to SAVY and experience the many benefits for yourself.

 

A note from the President’s desk

Dr Jitender K Sahdev

October, the month of the Halloween, is here. We’ll also be celebrating International Day of Non-Violence and International World Teachers’ Day. In Canada, it is celebrated as Brain Tumor Awareness month too, and we at SAVY will be launching a program for brain tumor care this month. It marks the start of the season of autumn. It’s a very interesting month in the way that in non-leap years, January starts on the same day of the week as October, but no other month starts on the same day of the week as October in leap years. October ends on the same day of the week as February every year and January in non-leap years only. There is much more to this month, but I’ll leave that to you to explore. 😀
In this now very popular Featured SAVY Yogi of the Month series, we present SAVY Yogis who have been learning the right kind of yoga with correct techniques, have done wonderfully well for themselves and are a guiding light and a source of great inspiration for others.
With great pride and pleasure, I introduce another savvy SAVY Yogi – Debbie, this month. Debbie is a real Yogi at heart, as she believes in living in the moment and gives her best to the moment. A very loving and caring person herself, exuding positivity, she has a great attitude and a wonderful aptitude and is a joy to teach and has always been a source of great support and inspiration and a pillar of strength. Her regularly irregular presence in yoga classes, along with Mama Jane’s, 😀  is loaded with fun, focus and dedication. She doesn’t take long in picking up the instruction and her devotion and steadfastness is commendable. Her grit and determination for results is something I would love to ape ASAP.
Keep it up, Debbie!
– Jitender
Aug 312013
 

FEATURED SAVY YOGI OF THE MONTH

My name is Pauline Donald and I started yoga with SAVY two years ago and attended 30 lessons.
Pauline Donald
After a few months break, I returned in January of this year.

I tried yoga years ago and really enjoyed it but that session was discontinued.  I tried yoga at several other places which eventually led me to SAVY.

Pauline Donald

 

   I was looking for a program that would give me enjoyment, a challenge, and relaxation.
Pauline Donald
  This yoga has gone beyond my expectations!  I have found enjoyment, on-going challenge, and relaxation during all sessions.
Pauline Donald
My favourites are the sun and moon salutation, breathing exercises and the Deep Stretch sessions on Fridays.  It is not easy but very satisfying for mind and body.
I have noticed improvement in stamina, strength especially in my arms, flexibility, concentration, and ability to relax.
Pauline Donald
I like SAVY because of the variety of movements and poses, the individual feedback to execute poses correctly, the challenge, and the warm, supportive encouragement.

 

Pauline Donald

Pauline Donald

I encourage anyone who is seeking to improve their body strength and flexibility and overall health benefits to join SAVY and discover for yourself.

 

A note from the President’s desk
Dr Jitender K Sahdev
September marks a feeling of a fresh start, turning over of a new leaf, and initiation of nesting. We continue our march into the third year with overwhelming response from savvy Londoners for their favorite Yoga Studio.
In this new series, we present SAVY Yogis who have been learning the right kind of yoga with correct techniques, have done wonderfully well for themselves and are a guiding light and a source of great inspiration for others.
With great pride and pleasure, I introduce another savvy SAVY YogiPauline Donald this month. Her zeal, zest and devotion to yoga is infectious, and the magic of her benign presence in SAVY Yoga classes is nothing less than awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping, shoulder-slouching, mesmerizing and thoroughly ego-smothering experience for the rest of us. During yoga sessions, as she executes her yoga poses with complete focus, very often I catch somebody or the other looking her way with an amazed look, followed by a deep sigh, a head shake, and a semblance of an unsure resigned smile of meek submission. Her vigor and enthusiasm for greater perfection is amply bolstered by her skillful yet unattached, devoted regular practice, and her lively boy-friend, and husband, Eric. She, with her ever-present friend Mary, has come a long way in these last two years, and the ruthless, unrelenting dedication shows not even an iota of respite.
Pauline, you are amazing. Keep it up!
Jitender

Featured SAVY Yogi of the Month – Noel Paterson

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Aug 082013
 

FEATURED SAVY YOGI OF THE MONTH

Noel Paterson

I am Noel Paterson and I joined SAVY Studio in summer of 2011.
Noel Paterson
I did several sessions at other studios in London for 2 years before that.
I was excited to find SAVY–I expected more than other studios because SAVY had a full-fledged yoga master.My expectations were more than met!
Noel Paterson
I have found the sessions to be excellent for me.
Noel Paterson
I also like the many associations I’ve made with  other yoga enthusiasts at the studio.
My overall physical and mental health has improved.
Noel Paterson
I like SAVY because the whole program is geared to personal well-being — Jitender knows the right programs for each individual and a thorough screening is done to evaluate each person’s needs before beginning a program.To boot, Jitender is a medical doctor and knows what programs are suited to each individual. He amply stresses the importance of breathing techniques.
The prices are excellent–geared to everyone’s income.One could not ask for a better variety of programs suited for young and old.
This studio offers considerably more than any of the other studios that I’m familiar with.
I’m so thankful that I discovered SAVY International.
They have a terrific website too. Come and experience for yourself.
– Noel
A note from the President’s desk
It’s 8th August and we celebrate 2nd Anniversary of the SAVY Studio today. It’s a matter of great pleasure and honour to mark the beginning of the third year with this new series of FEATURED SAVY YOGI OF THE MONTH on this auspicious day.
We’ll be presenting SAVY Yogis in this series who have been learning the right kind of yoga with right techniques, have done really well for themselves and are a guiding light and a source of great inspiration for others.
It’s heartening and a matter of great pride to present Noel Paterson as SAVY Yogi this month. His enthusiasm, understanding and  perseverance is exemplary and a source of great inspiration to everyone at SAVY Studio, including me. Over the last two years, he has been very regular and his dedication has had obvious results, as is quite evident from the photographs.
Keep it up, Noel! We love you.
– Jitender
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