enhance Welcome to Thankful Yoga in Monticello, GA!  My name is Sonya, and I love teaching yoga.  I want to help you build strength, flexibility and balance.  

I began practicing yoga after my son was born in 2007, and  I found that it was exactly what my body craved.  After attending classes regularly for 3 years I made the first step towards becoming a yoga teacher.  I am certified through Yoga Alliance as eRYT200 hour (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher), RYT500, and Y-ACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider).    I’m also a Master Trainer for YogaFit Worldwide.  I have additional special training for specific issues including:

    • Prenatal Yoga

    • Yoga for Back Pain (including sciatica, hip pain and scoliosis)

    • Yoga for seniors

    • Restorative Yoga for deep relaxation and healing – Relax and Renew® Level 1 Trainer (Judith Hanson Lasater)

    • Personalized yoga coaching

    • Yoga for Chronic Pain

    • Yin Yoga

    • Yoga for PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injuries

    • Pranayama (breath work)

    • ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor with the American Council on Exercise

    • Current CPR certification

    • Sound and Mantra Yoga

    • Yoga Nidra

    • Yoga for the pelvic floor

    • Yoga for the heart

    • Yoga for diabetes

    • Yoga for balancing chakras

    • Ayurveda – The sister science of yoga to heal the body

Before I started practicing yoga regularly, I struggled with anxiety about things completely beyond my control.  This caused more stress, and led to stomach problems and headaches.  Regular yoga practice has made me more physically fit, but more importantly I now have the tools to manage anxiety.  I want to share what I’ve learned with you because we all deal with private issues of pain, stress, and worry.  If you’re feeling exhausted or overwhelmed, I can help you feel better.

After every class, we all feel relaxed and energized.  This is evident in the change on everyone’s face as they leave with bright smiles.

I moved to Monticello in 2012 and live with my husband and son on a small farm.  I offer a variety of classes and events in the community and also travel to teach at special events and workshops.  When I’m not teaching yoga classes, I enjoy gardening, walking, and baking.  I’m passionate about education and continue to attend a variety of training courses.

I’m so thankful to see everyone each week and look forward to many years together!

– Sonya

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