Individual Yoga Therapy is the best way for you to get the most out of any Yoga class, stay injury free and learn the optimum alignment for your unique body to keep it pain free for life. Our Yoga Therapy isn't just about Yoga, we infuse the wisdom of Ayurveda as well for your speedy recovery!
Why You Should Consider Yoga Therapy?
I was a die-hard Ashtanga Yogi! The harder the practice, more I loved it and having a very driven personality, I could do it. I sweated buckets and couldn’t get enough! Now when I think back to that type of practice, the teachers felt more like cheerleaders who were always pushing us to do more regardless of how we looked. A big adrenal kick! Then I got smarter! Why? Yes, you guessed it! I developed a shoulder injury that led to frozen shoulder. I continued on with the same practice like a hero, martyr or something, compensating for my injured shoulder with the rest of the body and I could not believe my posture when I looked in the mirror. My body was so distorted. I was horrified. I had no choice but to slow down, pay attention to every little detail. It depressed me to slow down and limit my practice. I had to learn to let go of what I wanted to do and really accept what I needed to do to restore my alignment.
That’s when I started to understand the therapeutic miracles of Yoga and started to practice and teach Yoga Therapy instead of a Yoga class! It was no longer about the postures, it was all about how to do the postures that added richness to the classes, raised student's awareness, deepened their understanding of their body and they carried that knowledge to how they walked, how they slept, how they sat and how they moved. Simple awareness and alignment changed everything for them.
Yoga therapy requires you to:
- Slow down to create space for 2 reasons: to promote deeper subtle mindfulness and to experience the other limbs of Yoga. Why? So your practice becomes more than physical and so what? The non-physical limbs of Yoga ultimately help the physical part. Everything affects everything else. Our body, mind, energy, soul is all One!
- Honor your body! A cliché used in many Yoga studios, but what does it mean? It is more than feeding it good food and resting it. It is valuing your body as a vehicle that contains your spirit. What’s more valuable than your spirit? Nothing! So embrace and love your body, listen to what it needs and not what you want to do to it in your head, using the limitations as an access to deeper experience of your practice..( yes, the other non-physical limbs), using the strengths to celebrate.
- Honor pain, stiffness, limitations is where we do the “work” using props such as blocks, bolsters, blankets, belts, chair, stool, wall, ceiling and the pole (a special feature of our studio)
- build the posture from bottom up, starting with our feet. When we build the posture, it is ours uniquely as we honored our body in building and creating it. We learn what to do with each part of our body, how does it fit in with the other parts, how to make the most out of our unique alignment so we gain freedom not only in our body but most importantly our spirit. Because we are no longer sulking over what we can’t do, instead we celebrate what we can!
Frequent Conditions that Bring You to Yoga
- You feel unbalanced when walking, sleeping or sitting.
- Your regular gym exercise lead to more pain or discomfort.
- You have old injuries, surgeries that haven’t healed and you want to speed up recovery
- You worry about getting injured in a group yoga class or at the gym
- You feel mentally stressed or overwhelmed
What Can You Expect
- Your body's unique alignment assessment
- Corrective adjustments and poses specifically for you
- Take home practice
- Building each week on your progress
- Other general dietary or lifestyle recommendations to speed up your recovery
- Written or video recommendations
- $1250 for 10 sessions, each session is 60 minutes
I was diagnosed with IBC (Inflammatory Breast Cancer). Chemo left me with cognitive issues and out of balance. I have been taking Meena’s special needs class for 4 months. I have noticed a big difference in my ability to balance, I do not stutter as much I did before, it has been so beneficial for my mind and body that I have now my daughter in law and my friend join the classes. I love it and will do it for the rest of my life. Susan L.
A few years ago, I went to Boulder, Colorado for a 3 day Yoga seminar sponsored by the Yoga Journal magazine. The top yoga instructors in the US were teaching and BKS Iyengar was also there. I kept thinking about how much I preferred Meena’s style of teaching over all the teaching styles at this seminar. And the reason for this is because Meena instructs from the space of being in the “Now” and this is the only space that true Yoga can come from. I am a 56 year old woman and I started doing Yoga in my early 20’s. I have had many yoga instructors but Meena is the best instructor I’ve ever had. – Marilyn Salvati 2005
Meena teaches basic Hatha Yoga Techniques including a mixture of strength and stretching poses. The main difference between Meena and other Yoga instructors that I have had is that she teaches what I consider the true Yoga. She teaches her students to go inside of themselves and face the tight hardened areas in the body and breathe into them to feel all they can. She encourages us to do this while staying with the breath and staying in the present moment. Yoga is no longer an intellectual exercise of cosntantly thinking about where to position your hand of foot ( as i experienced in many Iyengar classes) but becomes a multi-dimensional state of being. At times, when I am doing Yoga this way, I feel a deep heat or shaking in my body and the reward of staying with it just a few seconds longer is release of tension and new strength. Also, Meena always provides inspirational thoughts in a quiet manner that my being seems to soak up while we are doing Yoga. I have had amazing release of heat from my palms, forrehead and crown of the head when in Shavasna. I’ve also completely traveled away in this pose to the point where I wasn’t sure where I was. I sleep much deeper after my yoga practice with Meena as well.
I started doing yoga with Meena because I was having back pain. I’d had lower back pain for many years, but it was getting pretty intense, and I was a runner. I went to a chiropractor for almost a year, and tried sever other alternative homeopathic remedies, with no real improvement. I finally went to a neurosurgeon, who wanted to sign me up for surgery right away. I was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease and herniated disc, and he wanted to put a metal caging system in my back. I opted out of that. I quit running, altered my exercise routine, and fit in yoga. Eventually, I realized the more yoga I did the better I felt. That was about four years ago, and now I do yoga at least three time a week. Yoga is the one and only thing that has worked for me. Yoga has done so much more for me than the physical aspect I was looking for. I am much more peaceful and a better person than I was before yoga. I have learned so much about myself. I absolutely love it, and recommend it to everyone. Cindy Hemingway
I have now worked with Meena Puri for several years. I will say my fear and depression are presently no longer an issue in my life. The physical benefits are quite obvious also. Spiritually, I feel connected to my God and fellow life here. I’ve learned to love myself and be thankful for people and things in life. This has been a process and not an event. The changes are very subtle. Meena is a wonderful teacher and human being. She is very skilled at pushing her students to the point that they bend but do not break: physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Donald M.
Dear Meena, Your magic just continues! I injured my shoulder a year ago. I’ve been able to bring it back about 85-90 %, but not pain free. Well, after the shoulder work yesterday I am now 100%! Swam 20 laps today without even a twinge. Thank you, thank you, thank you! A very grateful Linda Gepper
"Meena is a great instructor. The class I have with her now focuses on individuals who spend many hours at a desk. Even when I start the class with a sore back, I am pushed to stretch it out and ultimately strengthen it. I was rather leery at first, but am very glad I signed up!" Jason Hegedos
"Love Meena & all of her wisdom & insight! She has helped me recover from multiple injuries. Highly Recommended ❤️" Jennifer Sigety
"I was always afraid of yoga, thinking that my physical limitations made it impossible. Meena helped me see that anyone can do yoga. She does not push you, but instead guides you to your own personal limits. She has made me feel comfortable and able, and I am forever grateful. I can hardly wait for the Doctor to give me the OK to return to class!! Lisa Fiddie
"Meena is able to almost magically adapt her instruction to fit all of the unique needs and abilities of each student in class while still maintaining a cohesive feel to the class" Cindy Fatura
"There just aren't enough good things to say about Meena and her studio. About six years ago I began in a Yoga Therapy class. I had been suffering from chronic back pain and had no improvement with physical therapy. On the suggestion of my General Practitioner I found such a class right here in Milford. The individual attention was so far and above my expectation. My abilities were assessed and she got me moving again. Over time I was able to move on to mixed level classes as well as core strength and cardio. I look forward to class not just because of what I am going to get out of it physically; through breathing and mediation I get to take a break from the hectic day to day and leave the studio energized and ready to take on the day." Diane Simpson
"Meena has the true knowledge of Yoga which is why I have been with her for 10 Glorious Years! She embraces you with the individual attention you need on the physical body ailments and mental well-being, Thank you Meena for changing and enriching my life style changes into the peace and happiness of self discovery." Karen Baron
"I experienced my first Kundalini yoga class at The Yoga School of Milford and felt its transformational effects instantly after class. I walked in feeling sleepy and weak, and walked out feeling mighty and ready to conquer the day. Kundalini yoga really revived my energy and now I can't wait to make a regular habit of it. The Yoga School of Milford is a small studio that is attached to the owner Meena's home, but it's a very professional and inviting space and Meena has everything you need onsite for your practice. If you are looking for an authentic yoga experience and have grown tired of yoga classes that feel commercialized, this is the place for you." Bethany Betzler