I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer the summer that Roots Yoga opened. I am thankful that I found yoga and especially thankful to have found Roots. The timing was perfect. Yoga has helped me mentally, physically, and spiritually. It makes me strong when I feel weak. It is a total sensory experience that makes me feel alive and in control of my life. Just breathe through it. Thank you to all of the Roots teachers and fellow yogis for making each practice such a fun and beautiful experience.
I am very thankful that I found the courage to come to Roots. All of the instructors have made me feel most welcome. I was very intimidated before starting, but you have all made me feel that my practice is about me. I am thankful that my body is starting to feel noticeably better and that I feel a sense of calmness and peace after classes that takes me through my day. My family has also noticed and are thankful that I am doing “something” for myself. They are receiving the benefits also, which I am most appreciative of. Many Thanks to all of you.
Yoga has given me a chance to reconnect with myself and allow me to be able to devote 100% me time again, which I had felt was lacking. As a first time mom, I didn’t have much time to do anything for myself and I wasn’t feeling great inside or out. When I’m at the studio and on my mat, it is like I travel to another place. I’m not thinking about what I have to do or what happened that day. Yoga practice makes me feel like I am challenging myself and I notice many improvements every class I take. I feel stronger and more confident on mat, not to mention relaxed. There is also no judgement within the 4 walls of the studio and that makes you want to find the time to make it a part of your day. Roots is full of amazing people and teachers and I am thrilled I have been able to be a part of it!
I’ve been practicing yoga on and off for the last 15 years, but I came to Roots right after it opened and have committed to a more regular practice since then. Yoga at Roots helped me get through my pregnancy with my 2nd daughter with almost no physical pain, as opposed to my pregnancy with my first daughter when I had debilitating hip pain on a daily basis after about 24 weeks. It is also the place where I’ve been able to work through many of life’s sad events, such as saying goodbye to a beloved pet and going through a miscarriage. It’s been such a blessing to have you and Roots in Burlington. I love the studio and I’m hopeful that you will be able to maintain the small community feel that I love so much about it.
I AM THANKFUL that I have found roots as it makes me stronger on the outside and warmer and more peaceful on the inside.
Yoga has eliminated back pain that was caused by a combination of arthritis, bulging discs and spinal stenosis. Changing from pain 24 hours a day to no pain at all is of course a very significant, positive impact from yoga.
My attitude towards yoga itself has changed. Like most guys, I thought, yeah, sure, that’s not for me, but my doctor said give it a shot, its something I have to do. I enjoy it now. It’s a lot harder than I thought. I cant even do some of the things that everyone else can usually do, so parts of classes are sometimes physically challenging, which adds to the fun.
Linda, Debbie, MaryAlice, Terri and Ginger are awesome people and instructors - they always keep me from feeling out of place in classes that are typically made up of people much younger than me. They also know how to help me work around limitations from other physical challenges. A great group of instructors, and I am grateful that they make me feel so welcome.
I am thankful that all of he students in the classes always seem to make me feel welcome. I credit that to their innate decency and respect, as well as the welcoming environment Ginger has created. I suppose its the “birds of a feather” syndrome – those who embrace the spiritual as well as physical side of yoga treat each other with respect and good humor.
Thank you Ginger! I’m new to Roots Yoga, but I’m very pleased with the workout and the atmosphere. … p.s. I took your advice and ordered a jade yoga mat
I am so grateful for my yoga practice it has helped me in so many ways body, mind and soul! I am also grateful that Roots is in Burlington providing us with a welcoming, calming and comfortable place to practice. Namaste
Roots Yoga plays such an important role in my well-being. I used to barely do 15 mins of treadmill exercises a week. This class challenges me to do more with my practice without trying to overachieve or get frustrated.The way you control the flow of the class and build up rhythm is amazing. I also love the way you mix it up (with a LIVE band on one day…awesome!) I am so thankful for Roots Yoga!
Before stepping foot into any yoga studio anywhere let alone roots I was in the worst mental shape of my life. Depression and anxiety were daily demons that wouldn’t leave. My first day at roots I felt like I was going to cry. Here I was doing god knows what with my body trying anything and everything to make me feel somewhat better. After leaving that first class slightly embarrassed at my balance I felt something I hadn’t felt in months. I felt calm and internally balanced. Yoga has saved my life. For that this year I am thankful for my new found love of yoga, Ginger for her welcoming smile and energy and all of the wonderful people I’ve been meeting. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
I can’t say enough about how grateful I am that I am a “Rootie” and pray you never relocate!
As the studio was being built, I would walk by and wonder what was going into the space. As it developed, I sensed a beautiful calm and thought it might be a spa. I met Ginger on one of these walk-bys and learned it would be a yoga studio. I had been interested in yoga but never felt I was flexible enough to try it (I was intimidated). I decided to try the gentle class and from the very first one, fell in love with it because I felt so good leaving the studio. I felt there was good karma surrounding it.
I am grateful that Roots has an awesome staff. I have met and taken classes with a number of them and each has led a wonderful class….non-judgemental and anxious to share their joy and gently guide us in the practice.
I am grateful that my practice has led to a healthier me…anxiety and blood pressure levels have dropped. It has grounded and centered me and I guess the best part is that I leave there feeling happy and joyful!
I am thankful for finding Roots–I can’t imagine a more welcoming or supportive studio for a newbie like me. Thanks for opening the door to what will be a lifetime of practice for me. I didn’t fully connect and floundered a bit through my first few classes and workshops, but in the last few classes, something clicked during the beautiful sequences and flows you put together. Although I am sure my form and technique could use marked improvement, I feel like I found my way and my breath in those sequences-and I am so grateful for having attended those classes.
Although I am just starting out, I feel I can already see all of the benefits yoga will bring to me-balance and counterbalance both in movement and peace of mind; awareness–being present in the moment as well as awareness of my own body and how it moves through space; and a biggie for me–control–both in learning to release in let go, and also in improving control when needed through focus.
Looking forward to many more classes at Roots
I had been missing the peaceful place in my heart and soul for a long time. Nothing I tried could help me find my way back to that place. After my first class this summer, I knew I had found the answer to my search. All the instructors have been instrumental in my achieving that longed for peace and tranquility. I love that Yoga is just for “me” which is why I consider it important as I had forgotten to take care of “me”.
With a heart full of gratitude and with much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. When I count my blessings I will include my Yoga classes at Roots.
I couldn’t be more thankful to have found Roots Yoga. When I come to my mat, I know that it is the one place in the world where the only person I need to take care of is me. This is a space where I always feel welcome and love the thought of others feeling just as welcome in this community. I am not one to move out of my comfort zone but yoga has allowed me to slowly break out of my shell. When I am in class, I am more willing to try something new and know that it is okay to not be perfect at it. Slowly, this has also trickled into my life outside of yoga. Without fail, I leave every class feeling renewed and ready to take on the world. This is truly due to all of the wonderful teachers. Their kind and caring demeanors make all the difference in the world. I have learned so much and gained wisdom and insight from all of the teachers. I have never felt better about the direction my life is taking and I know yoga is responsible for giving me the power to feel this positivity in my life.
Thank you to Roots and all of the incredible teachers who make this possible!
Yoga and Roots has changed me over the past year or so. I am so much stronger than I thought I could be. My flexibility has improved along with my back pain; which is now nonexistent. I learned to breathe through difficult situations. Lastly, I enjoy going to class and seeing how far I can push myself.
It took me a while to think of what yoga has brought to me life. I’ve been practicing on and off since college and it had been years been practicing on and off for years. Yoga has brought peace to my sister who is 3000 miles away and to my mother who does so much for everyone. These are two women who do not know how to slow down and take time for themselves. Yoga has brought stillness, peace, and balance to them. I am grateful for that. For myself, I had never had an instructor (for lack of a better word, I feel like they are guiders) talk about setting an intention for my practice, praise for just “getting to the mat” and if all you do is breathe, you’ve had a successful class. I am thankful for the peace yoga has brought to my mother and my sister more than anything and thankful to Roots to helping me come back to my mat
Being a typical ‘type A’ personality, I am constantly involved in juggling a truckload of priorities. When I work out, I crave intensity and I push myself beyond the limit. When I first tried yoga, I assumed I would hate it because I’m not flexible and I didn’t think it would be a good workout. Another quality of mine is being able to admit when I am wrong, and I was in my assumptions about yoga. Yoga has taught me how to breathe; not just during practice, but throughout the day (especially during stressful moments). It pushes me to mental and emotional limits, and is also a great workout!
Looking back on the past year of practicing at Roots, I am amazed at the transformation of the studio – the culture within, the evolution of the style of the instructors, and the confidence of the students. Many speak about the community that has been built within Roots, which I agree is truly amazing, but I would like to thank Roots for making me feel more connected with the community of Burlington. There are many factors that have made me feel like an ‘outsider’ – I am not from Burlington, I don’t have kids, I have a tough commute and work long hours, and I miss living in the city. For a while, I would have been willing to pack up and head back into the city, but Roots has changed that. It is a great feeling when other students recognize me when I walk in the studio and greet me. It is even better when I run into Roots students outside the studio; it just makes me feel that I belong. I have received great recommendations for restaurants, shopping, and even doctors.
Roots is just a truly special place and every time I step onto the mat, I just feel so fortunate to have found my home here. Thank you to Ginger, all the instructors, and my fellow students. I am thankful for you.