I have known Tracy for over six years. She is very kind, considerate, patient, compassionate and a very talented teacher and healer. I’ll try to explain below:
Moving to Michigan I was looking for a yoga style, and
teacher, that was gentle to both my mind and my body. Tracy’s Viniyoga style
was gentle and kind to my mind, but maybe more importantly, my body felt
relaxed, more limber and just felt great after a Tracy Sunday morning class. I
was hooked. In the past six years I have taken group classes and private
classes from Tracy with great results for me. From practicing no yoga I now
practice yoga daily, thus Tracy changed my life, and my mind in many wonderful
Tracy’s influence in my life didn’t stop with just me. A
beloved family member was experiencing a depression, which was worrisome and
concerning. We visited Tracy and began private sessions, which incorporated
traditional yoga and restorative yoga, which resulted in a mental “releasing”
of thoughts and emotions, which were therapeutic to the body and the mind,
which in turn was therapeutic for the depression. With time and Tracy’s
technique the depression subsided.
Throughout the past six years Tracy has helped with physical
ailments (bad knees and bad back) and has actually made these physical problems
disappear with regular yoga exercises practiced on a regular basis.
Tracy has helped with my meditation practice with her
breathing exercises. They help develop the awareness in life all meditators
strive for. I consider Tracy my spiritual guide and teacher on the path of
living in this most difficult world.
Tracy, thank you for everything you have taught me about
life. You have changed my life for the better. You have changed my life for the
rest of my life.
I have taken one-on-one Yoga Therapy sessions and group Yoga classes with Tracy. I have a painful arthritic condition that has stiffened all of my joints, especially my fingers, wrists, back and knees. At the first session, Tracy and I discussed my condition, limitations and needs. I found Tracy to be so caring. Between our first and second session Tracy had studied my specific condition on-line and printed out information for me to read. Tracy then designed for me my own yoga practice that I can do at home or anywhere. She made sure that I practiced in proper form and that each pose worked for me. I was thrilled to have my own yoga practice tailored to my health needs. Tracy provided me with drawings of the poses, instructions on the order, breathing and repetitions.
I highly recommend Tracy’s Yoga Therapy. Tracy is very knowledgeable on how yoga can impact and improve your body, mind and spirit. She is very compassionate and caring. In just three months of my custom built yoga practice, my joints have gained strength, flexibility and increased their range of motion. Before I met Tracy, I needed to hold on to a chair to get down on the floor or to do yoga poses such as a downward facing dog. I no longer need a chair to get on the floor or practice yoga! Gaining back my strength and flexibility has given me the ability to perform day-to-day tasks with less pain, greater ease and a confident secure feeling of control again.
Mary A, Shelby Township
My first exposure to Yoga Therapy came when I attended
Tracy’s class. It was as though I had
come to something other than yoga. At
first it didn’t seem so intriguing. … There was no music, and the flow only
consisted of two or three postures—very simple. However, the judgment of the first few minutes was quickly
overturned as I realized how much the silence helped me tune in and how much
better the new variations felt on my body. I walked out of the class focused and feeling that the subtle movements
had come to a decent workout, and that, somehow, my back was not affected. Since then, I have come to gain new
appreciation for this approach to yoga: I feel that in its unpretentious, subtle way, in its attention to proper
alignment, and in avoiding difficult or complicated transitions, it could have
the most to offer any student, if only one is willing to take small steps—in
my personal practice I have found that “small steps” have been the most
sustainable over time. What’s more,
Tracy’s balanced ways and years of experience complete the picture in a nice
way. Just being around her brings new
perspective into the ordinary.
Three reasons Tracy Flynn is one
of the top yoga instructors in Oakland County, Michigan:
1. Throughout each session
Tracy is interested in keeping her students injury free. She is
monitoring those practicing with her, and provides numerous verbal and visual
descriptions to make sure proper form is being used. Additionally, she
offers a variety of ways to properly perform a pose. This allows her
students to participate in a way that is best for their unique body.
2. Sessions with Tracy involve a
theme. There is a concrete purpose for each practice: spiritual,
emotional, mental and physical. This is a true unification of the breath,
the movement, and the mind.
3. Tracy’s impact is
enjoyed “beyond the mat.” In 2008, when the financial markets
were experiencing unprecedented upheaval, I stayed committed to my yoga
practice. Shortly after, one of my largest clients said to me: “You
seem extremely comfortable and confident. There is so much uncertainty. Why is this market rattling everyone but you?” One of the
reasons was the stabilizing and grounding force of Tracy Flynn and Yoga Therapy.
Stephanie (Goodrich) Macpherson