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Mother-daughter duo Julia and Lindsey Gallagher have discovered stillness in yoga.

Julia, a busy mom who suffered from body pain and Lindsey, a 16-year old dancer and student, explain why practicing yoga at Breathe has completely transformed them: body and mind.

Photo by Waverly Wyld

How did you discover yoga?

Julia: It was an incredibly stressful few years so I needed to do something mentally and physically. Yoga just seemed like the logical thing. Because of the stress, my hips were giving me problems, my whole spine, I would have back pain. I was trying to discover what would be gentle but challenging and something mental as well as physical.

Lindsey: My mom. I was excited to do it just because I saw how happy my mom was and how much she talked about it. I was excited to explore different parts of my body and well being and to see what the hype was about. Where’s mom? Oh she’s at yoga.

Photo by Waverly Wyld


How has yoga changed your life?

Julia: The chronic pain in my hips and shoulders is gone. I was having problems walking too. That completely resolved itself within six months and I sleep better. I have better energy through the day. I used to feel exhausted all day. I don’t feel that anymore.

Lindsey: It’s helped me as a teenager. There’s a lot of stress with school, social life…when you’re a teen everything is stressful. Doing yoga and learning how to breathe helps me calm down.

Julia and Lindsey say that practicing mat to mat has brought them closer together.

Lindsey: Practicing with my mom is nice and we’re close. I feel comfortable with her. It’s not embarrassing to me.

Julia: I love it. I think yoga is such a great thing for us to do when we’re not just rushing around. We can take an hour together to enjoy the quiet time.

Julia says her teachers at Breathe have helped her the most in learning how to… well, breathe!

Funny enough, one of the most important things I’ve learned from teachers at Breathe, is to just breathe.  And I pass that along to my dance students.  Focusing on your breath and slowing things down.  I feel very nurtured in Margot’s restorative classes. And as a mom who nurtures 24/7, it’s extremely meaningful to me to take a class that nurtures me.  Also, in so many classes, I feel like I’ve learned the very factual anatomy of the human body and why certain poses do what they do, and how to use that in every day.  I’m kind of an information junky, so I love Suz’s Yin class where I can hold a pose and settle in and listen to her fill the room with knowledge. Lindsey likes Waverly’s Yin class the best. Learning to slow down.  It’s comfortable and relaxing for her, as well as challenging.”

Thank you to Julia and Lindsey for sharing their amazing story. We love having you as part of the Breathe family.

March 22nd, 2018

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Student Feature: Lioudmila Tanda

Lioudmila Tanda started yoga and strength training over a year ago and says her life has never been the same.

“I heard yoga and strength training were important but I never practiced before.”

She credits longtime Breathe yoga teacher David Good for, “opening up a completely new world” for her and explains that now, there isn’t one aspect of her life that hasn’t been positively impacted by her practice at Breathe.

“It feels good. I feel my body is very different. My mind is more calm.”

Her new mission? To convert others to do the same.

“It’s a life-changing experience.”

The proof came in two surprises when Lioudmila sat in her car one day and something just didn’t feel right.

“I had to adjust my car back mirror was the first surprise. The second surprise was when I had to adjust my chair in the car because of my posture changed. It feels really good.”


Sitting and standing taller, Lioudmila says it’s all thanks to her teachers at Breathe.

“I want to say a huge thank you to all the teachers here: David, Andrea, Scottie, Rami and Margot. All teachers are very friendly and very knowledgeable. I really enjoy the classes. Give yourself a gift and try Breathe yoga.”

March 5th, 2018

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