Here’s what our clients have to say…
I love Santosha Yoga! When I step through the door I feel a sense of peace that just comes over me. I now have some proof its not just my imagination. I currently started to use a Fit Bit Charge. This gadget tracks steps, calories and also sleep. I participated in Penny’s class last night but my Fitbit registered I was sleeping!!! This was not the first time after one of her classes it has registered that. I’m so grateful to have such a nice studio to come to.
I just wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude for the illuminating journey you have helped me begin. Not in a million years would I have considered myself a candidate for yoga. I had no idea when I walked in with my friends that I would be the one addicted to the practice. My plan was just a girls night out. Relax and revive after a stressful work week. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you for providing a safe haven of warmth and love and acceptance and non judgement. Thank you for assembling an amazing group of teachers who bring their unique perspective with a consistent message of hope and peace and empowerment. Whether it is Grace’s calming or Amanda’s energy or Penny’s spirituality or Theresa’s strength and wisdom, I can not begin to explain or express how profoundly my outlook on life has evolved since I started practicing with Santosha. It has been written that When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. Thank you for appearing and guiding me – I sincerely look forward to whatever this journey brings. Namaste!
Santosha Yoga has changed my life! If there were a room for rent I would be the highest bidder! As soon as each class ends I can not wait until the next! There is not enough space on this page to express how great full I am to have this yoga be apart of my life:-) Everyone there, owners, teachers, guests our just wonderful! Over the top friendly and helpful! Each and every class that I’ve taken I’ve LOVED! Each teacher and class has made me want to be a better person, I leave there with such a feeling of contentment and happiness. I’m new to Yoga but I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else, I have to thank everyone who is a part for all that you are and all that you do.
Thank you for opening up Santosha and running such a wonderful place. Since I’ve been coming to Tues morning, (not hot yoga) but Tues, for stress relief, I am happier with my thoughts, calmer with my kids, and just feeling better about my life. I look forward to Tues and feel bummed when I miss. I can’t wait until the fall when I can come more than once a week 🙂
This is my favorite place to practice yoga. The instructors are amazing. The atmosphere is open and friendly and peaceful. I highly recommend this studio to yoga students of all levels. The schedule is great and offers all kinds of yoga different times of the day and night to fit into your busy schedule. Thank you Theresa and your team for creating a perfect place to really breathe.
What a fantastic job you did on putting the retreat together. It was evident to me that much care, love, and compassion was put into the creation of the retreat. All the instructors and classes were great. The fire ceremony, mala beads, movie, pop corn, blankets, bolsters…. all very much appreciated. Food choices were great as well as the preparation. The silence. Not talking is a challenge for most people. As I too find it difficult at times. But the silence of the mind was my goal. As we are all vibrational beings and transmit energy as we engage in our everyday lives, many people do not realize that they communicate or transmit energy with little control. As being in this physical body it is our own responsibility to learn and identify what energy, is ours and what energy is not ours. In other words, although I may not speak out loud does not always mean I am silent. This is one thing I learned while at the retreat. From my point of view all was perfect. And fabulous job on the weather, proof of a powerful manifestation. As we sit under the Bodhi tree we will find the fruit of Santosha compassion. Namaste,
I received an email from Santosha a few days ago that had the subject line “Happy Anniversary.” I had reached my one year anniversary of practicing yoga at Santosha. I started thinking about the first class I attended. I was coming off of a really lousy year in my life, my stress level was through the roof, and I was just going through the motions of day-to-day life. I had lost some weight by dieting, doing cardio, and some weight training at home. I was feeling good, but I still felt like I was missing something. Exercising helped deal with some of the stress, but it just wasn’t enough for me. So I decided to take a yoga class at Santosha. I attended a Wednesday morning mixed level class. I had not done yoga in many years and I was unsure how I would do. My uncertainty quickly changed to confidence as we flowed through the various poses. I was not able to do some things because of my body shape, but I was O.K. with that. The class came to an end and we made our way into Shavasana. The emotional release that I was feeling was so powerful that tears started streaming down my face onto my mat. I felt fabulous – something I hadn’t felt in a while. I knew right then that I had found what I was looking for and yoga was exactly what I needed. I am so grateful that I decided to attend class that day. I have had the pleasure of taking classes from all of Santosha’s instructors and each instructor is incredible. Yoga has given me strength, flexibility, mental clarity, and has taught me how to bring calmness to my life. Thank you so much for this and I look forward to celebrating many more anniversaries with you.
Just over six months ago I bought my first 6 month unlimited. Being a very competitive person from early childhood I welcomed the challenge. The return on my investment far exceeded my commitment to myself and my very limited expectations of what was to be. I will share a small amount of my background to give insight to where I was physically and mentally just over six months ago.
Five years ago I developed a-fib. A heart condition that required two procedures into the heart to try and stop irregular, fast heartbeats. Some success but not completely resolved. Medications were taking a toll and my energy and stamina were quickly diminished as a result I also gained weight. Three years ago a friend suggested yoga. My thoughts were give it a try because doing nothing wasn’t working to well for me. So I did one or two classes a week for two and a half years. Last spring I bought my first six month unlimited package and the transformation began.
I soon realized the commitment I had from being a professional athlete was the same as my commitment to my mat. Mentally I started to feel so much stronger as my physical strength began to increase. The once mind/body connection was beginning to reappear as my inner voice learned once again to be still and silent as I allowed my body to be as it is while letting it do what it is capable of doing without thought. 90 plus classes later I am stronger physically, mentally and spiritually. My dedication has continued in my purchasing another 6 month unlimited package.
I give thanks that Santosha is in my neighborhood. Gratitude for Theresa for her consistency in always having a professional teaching staff and presenting the studio as always welcoming. I have deep appreciation for the kind words expressed by Theresa and her wonderful staff along my yoga journey.
I share my story with the sole purpose of helping the one who struggles.
At first, I thought, “Who me? Do what? Yoga?” I thought yeah, right. First of all I’m a guy, I’m over 40, I’m a Type I insulin dependent Diabetic, and isn’t that some kind of bendy-chick exercise or something, no thanks!
Well, almost 4 months after my free week try, I’m still having at it about 4 times a week, more or less. My body loves it! My Diabetes is all the better for it! My insulin use has dropped by 80%! That’s right, 80% less insulin! And other medicines, I have stopped taking completely. Even my doctor is amazed. I think now, why wasn’t I doing this all along? How did I ever NOT do yoga? Almost 40 years of type I Diabetes – things could have been a lot different with yoga.
I didn’t used to be able to touch my toes. I used to put my tools at arms reach to avoid bending. Not anymore. There are all kinds of different people there – it’s fun, it’s challenging and self-paced – and did I mention it’s good for the whole body? An hour a day, that’s all it takes.
My body, mind and health is thanking me for it. I would totally recommend
Santosha Yoga in Chesterfield for everyone. Not just for health, it’s fun, too!
D. M. G.
…… and it’s obvious by all of the comments around the room last night during the meditation class that Santosha has become much more than a Yoga Studio for many people; it’s become a safe haven to sort out life’s confusion and regain balance. Again, thank you for what you do. If you’ve ever questioned whether opening your studio was the right decision, please take it from one of your students…you’re in the perfect place and the perfect fit.
I finished my last night of your wonderful (1 week free yoga). I needed to tell you how impactful and nourishing to my mind, body & spirit this has been! It is a very different yoga than what I have been practicing over the past 8+ yrs. I find it physically more challenging and deeply spiritual along with your gentle, encouraging, often humorous, and teaching to be very inspiring. You are what I have been searching for and I look forward to being a regular student. I feel very blessed to have this wonderful gift in my life.
Thanks for letting me share – after class just didn’t seem like the appropriate time.
See you next week!!!!
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Santosha’s impact on my life has been profound. I checked it out in May 2011 at the recommendation of a friend, and from the first moment I walked through the door, I felt like I was “home,” thanks to the warm, serene atmosphere and the friendly staff. Despite my lack of prior yoga experience, I felt completely at ease right away, and since then, I’ve developed quite a “healthy addiction” to the practice and an appreciation for styles ranging in speed and intensity from yin yoga to hot vinyasa. I’ve struggled with anxiety and stress for years, and the time spent at Santosha, which I’ve dubbed “my sanctuary,” has done more for coping with those issues than anything else I’ve tried. The messages delivered in class are of kindness, gratitude, love for one’s self and others, and I always walk out feeling peaceful and calm. I’ve also noticed increased flexibility and core strength, which has helped in running and other athletic pursuits. I truly believe anyone can benefit from both the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga at Santosha. My only regret is that I didn’t discover Santosha sooner!
When we did the class Christmas eve, I had the light bulb go on in my head that the reason why I am struggling with my practice is because I don’t have a space to do it in my home. I have lots of space, but the spare room is full of junk. So I took everything out, washed walls, cleaned carpet, and am now filling it with a few simple decorations, from which I have either found at resale or second hand stores, or made myself. Its been a lot of fun, and its spilled over into the rest of the house. I never really took much time or put much love into the house. I have always been so busy with work and school and trying to make others happy that my home just became a dumping ground for my stuff, thoughts, and emotions. It got to the point that I hated being home, my house felt so depressing, and just wanted to get up and run out as fast as I could in the morning.
So thank you for giving of your time and knowledge in the meditation workshop and in your classes. It has helped me to find what I need. In a week it will be back to working six days a week, classes at Wayne two days a week, plus an online course. Not a lot of time, but at least I have a space now where I can spend my five minutes to meditate.
Yoga has made a big difference in my life, and I’m so glad I was a passenger in the car the first time i saw your storefront, or I might still be searching for somewhere to do something physical. More importantly, for me, is that it has turned into more than just a physical practice; I’ve come to realize all the other benefits from yoga and that is why I keep coming back.
You can count on my support for a long time, and I am so grateful you moved into my neighborhood. You and your staff are awesome!