I have stilled my restless mind, and my heart is radiant.
My name is Sandy Pradas (formerly Sandy Chute). As a serious yoga student, I am fascinated with the ability of yoga to make deep and lasting changes in people's lives, and I enjoy sharing the opportunity with others.
My classes focus on Kripalu yoga — a meditation in motion — and include elements of yoga therapy as well. We practice classic yoga postures combined with deep breathing exercises that will both stretch and strengthen the body as well as calm and quiet the mind. We move slowly in and out of the postures for safe alignment and hold them long enough to feel the benefits and build up strength. The classes start with a gentle warm-up, move to deeper stretches, and end with a blissful, peaceful relaxation.
I have been teaching since 2001 and received a 200-hour certification from Kripalu Center in Lenox, Mass., in 2002, and a 500-hour therapeutic yoga certification from the Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts in 2013. I'm a member of the Kripalu Yoga Teacher's Association and the International Association of Yoga Therapists. I've had 15 years of experience as a medical writer/researcher, which also informs my teaching. In addition to my studies at Kripalu with fabulous teachers like Naresh Ron King, Yoganand Michael Carroll, Tarika, and Vidya Carolyn Dell'uomo, I've had the privilege of learning from some of the country's most noted instructors, including Rodney Yee, Gary Kraftsow, Angela Farmer, Stephen Cope, and others. I've studied Positional Release Therapy from Lee Albert, and my therapeutic yoga certification comes from an intensive program taught by a physical therapist (Marlysa Sullivan), a medical doctor, psychotherapist, and a yoga master (Yoganand). The training was grounded in medical science and provides the perfect combination of eastern and western healing modalities. I have helped people with a variety of issues, including neck and shoulder pain/injuries, repetitive movement injuries, migraines, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, hip, back, and knee pain/injuries, COPD, auto-immune disorders, cancer, past trauma, arthritis, osteoporosis, hip fracture, Parkinson's, pre- & post-op, and more.
I am also a certified Reiki master, providing a gentle, yet powerful method of natural healing for body, mind, and spirit. I've worked with issues ranging from grief, stress, disease, pre- & post- op, past trauma, etc. Reiki and private yoga lessons are available by appointment.
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