Featured SAVY Yogi of the Month – Donna Hebert
My name is Donna Hebert and I joined SAVY around August-September 2012.
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.
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.
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??
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!
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!).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As a result any pose can be tailored to accommodate the student and as the student gains more flexibility, the pose will be improved.
No one need feel intimidated!
In summary, I highly recommend you give SAVY a try!! Procrastination does not exercise the body!
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!