I was guided to work with Vartika after experiencing chronic health situations over the past few years – repeated pneumonia and bronchitis to most recently debilitating back pain and bodily inflammation. After my first lesson with Vartika my lower back pain lessened significantly and by the third lesson I was able to take deep breaths with ease and without the usual accompanying coughing spasms. I have sporadically attended yoga classes throughout the years, finding my yoga experience with Vartika to be integrative on all levels of my being.
Her wisdom and experience reminds me of a vast ocean, more than a teacher, this aspect of her being is shared and finds expression in her yoga lessons with me. I find her warm and supportive presence along with the pace of the lessons creates a deep relaxation that connects me to the peace within. I appreciate her intuitive understanding of my current experience and her focus on addressing specific needs to ensure the yoga I practice at home brings strength and nourishment to these areas.
During a lesson in which she was teaching a breathing technique, a tiny white feather floated down between us, a perfect symbol to me of the “breath of spirit” embodied and shared through her.
I have been taking instruction with Vartika for several years now, and I find the Auth style yoga has increased clarity, focus , and the breath capacity. Vartika’s style and instruction have definitely made a difference in mind-body awareness over the years. Her classes, as well as private instruction, have been most beneficial as well as enjoyable ! I have tried 3 other styles of yoga, but prefer this to all others. It is what I practice at home. I am grateful for the wisdom she has shared with all of us.
As a result of taking your classes, both asana and pranayam…I think the reasons why I like this style of yoga and the major changes I have experienced through your teaching is increased physical health and strength (becoming more flexible, less pain & more awareness of my posture); helping to maintain or achieve emotional balance with greater peace (reduce tension/increase self-acceptance of limitations); and just overall feel better, happier with more awareness of my own spirituality. I have become more conscious of my breathing and when I feel myself become anxious, nervous or upset…I now use my breath to help control and balance thoughts.