Sandra Merrigan

Raymond, NH
United States

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What is Yoga? Yoga is a Sanskrit word that translates to
"yoke" or "union." As in the union of the mind, body
and spirit.

Yoga is not a religion. It is a discipline, like any other, that when practiced regularly can help you find balance physically and emotionally.

You don't have to bend like a pretzel to practice yoga. I certainly was not a flexible person when I began practicing yoga. In fact, if you can breathe, you can practice yoga.

About Me:

I began practicing yoga following a severe back injury in October 2011 that left me homebound for months and unable to do anything I enjoyed. In November 2012, a friend suggested that I try yoga as a way to strengthen my core and hopefully improve my health and life. After receiving clearance from my doctor, I took my first yoga class and it was amazing! The teacher provided me with plenty of modifications to keep me safe and at the end of an hour my back didn't hurt me at all and I felt great! It was like a whole new world opened up for me.

Fast forward to 2014, I'm 50 pounds lighter, way less stressed and stronger and healthier than I was before I hurt my back. I've completed my 200 yoga teacher training at Riverflow Yoga with Elizabeth Vlangas and passionate about sharing the benefits of yoga with my community.

Mission:
My passion is anatomy and alignment keeping students safe while teaching body awareness and connection to breath.

I'm inspired by my students and believe yoga is for everyBODY!

Products:
- Personal Instruction for Beginning Yoga Students
- Customized Home Practice Routines
- Yoga Posture Alignment & Modification
- Breathing, Relaxation & Meditation

Since everybody and every body is different, please contact me at (508) 728-9405 or by e-mail at to discuss your personal needs, rates and details. Your first one-hour session is free.

Education:
Graduate RYT 200
Riverflow Yoga Teacher Training, Hooksett, NH

Affiliations:
Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher

Certifications:
-CPR/AED
-First Aid
-Reiki II

Personal Yoga FAQ's

What can Personal Yoga Sessions Provide?

Personal sessions are excellent for those that are tentative about trying yoga, beginners and some that are managing a medical or some other physical challenge and are looking for a highly customized sequence. Personal sessions answers to questions that you may not be able to ask in a group class, helps to refine alignment in poses and provides customized home practices for when you can’t get to a class or an individual session.

What Happens in a Private Yoga Lesson?

One on one instruction can provide the best understanding of yoga practice. You will learn how to safely and effectively practice yoga for your individual needs. Explore which exercises and practices are most useful for you, which ones to avoid and helpful yoga props to use.

How Can Personal Sessions be Helpful for Spinal Disc Issues?

Yoga can be very therapeutic and provide back pain relief. However, certain postures offered in a group class setting could also aggravate disc conditions. Safety is always my first priority. With a little private coaching, someone with a disc issue can learn how to practice yoga safely alone or in a group class. In one personal session, a student can gain a basic understanding of which postures are most useful to their condition, which ones to avoid, and which ones to approach in a modified form.

How do I Prepare for a Personal Yoga Session? - What do I Wear? - What do I need?

There is not very much you need to do to prepare for your personal session. If you have a spinal injury or an injury of any kind, you should seek clearance from your medical professional before you begin this or any exercise program. Wear clothing that is comfortable and will stretch and move with your body. If you have your own yoga mat, that’s great. If not, I have student mats available for use.

See you on the mat!

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