Testimonials-and-reviews

Testimonials

Yoga Farm students share their experiences here at our upstate, NY retreat center:

“I would like to express gratitude to the Yoga Farm…in Sept/Oct, I took extra yoga classes (and a gong bath) to work on severe back pain — and it worked! My back is now pain-free and I am back to normal. Many thanks.”  — Karen S. Lansing, NY


The teachers at Yoga Farm have all helped me to find greater resilience and peace within myself.  This beautiful center has been a source of joy, comfort and healing for me.” — Peter P. Ithaca, NY


Christopher tunes into the class intuitively to shape our sequence around what emerges from each person’s movement. This is the first class where I’ve had this experience, and  I feel more connected to others as a result. Christopher adjusts with a high level of mindful presence, so I feel safe. I am grateful for the joy this class brings into my life.” — LP, Ithaca, NY


“I feel the best I’ve felt in so long! This is awesome.” —Janice D. Lansing, NY


“Absolutely LOVED today. Yoga retreat with Michelle Csonka today at Yoga Farm in Lansing was exactly what my whole self needed. I felt like I was far away on a special trip or some sort of resort like I have always wanted to attend, yet I was home before dinner! Amazing what’s in your own “back yard”! Today was the perfect balance of alone time, connection to higher self, and family time.” — Stephanie G. Binghamton, NY


I attended the Easy, Light and Fun yoga session last evening with Neko. I wanted to let you know that I thoroughly enjoyed this class in particular as Neko took the time to ask each one of us some of our issues and then the participants decided on the need (that day) for a truly restorative yoga class. I found Neko’s touch VERY profound in terms of a total relaxation experience that I have never found in massage or meditation. I highly recommend this class and look forward to more! Thank you, Christopher, and all of you at Yoga Farm!” — Debbie Y. Lansing, NY


“I appreciate the focus of the weekly lessons that continue to bring light and the feeling of improvement in my life. It’s nice to know I’m not alone in my journey and that everyone has their own story. Thank you!” — L.D. Ithaca, NY


“I deal with chronic hip pain and came to this class seeking some relief. The class more than met my expectations, as both the gentle movements and meditation were so helpful in relieving tightness, stress and pain. At no time were we asked to do something harmful – to the contrary, I felt so much better!! Thank You!” — Sue Penny, Office Manager, Ithaca Primary Care


“I began weekly sessions with Christopher two months ago, as a supplement to my usual training routine. With his expert guidance I have already noticed increased flexibility especially the in the back and hips, which has had a positive impact on my golf game and my overall feeling of wellness. His new facility is lovely, spacious and well-equipped.” — George A. Hay, Cornell Law School


 “I recently resumed yoga after many years of not practicing. Starting individual lessons at the Yoga Farm with Christopher has been a great experience. The studio is very peaceful and Christopher is an amazing instructor. I would recommend anyone interested in trying yoga consider the Yoga Farm!” – S.C., Ithaca, NY


 “Christopher is a wonderful, patient, knowledgeable, and nurturing teacher, with a great sense of humor and play.  The classes that I’ve been a part of have been flexible in meeting each participant’s needs, often focusing on a particular movement to help one with a particular need”. – B.P., Lansing, NY


 “The Easy, Light and Fun classes are my favorite.  Although Christopher admits that they may not be “easy” for everyone, he always allows for accommodations and lets students move at their own pace. I’m grateful for the opportunity to learn yoga and meditation at the Yoga Farm!” – T.F., Freeville, NY


“Neko listened to what our needs were and she adapted her yoga for us.  It was challenging yet all of us were able to do the poses.  We had people who had never done yoga before and felt as though they were right in it with the rest of us!   The Music was perfect and she did a great job connecting to our players on a personal level.   Thank You! I would love to do it again!” – Tracey Houk, Head Coach, Ithaca College Field Hockey


 “I’m so grateful to be a part of the class.  You are patient and accommodating.  I feel so much better than I did a few months ago.” – C.E., Lansing, NY


 “I’ve found the studio at the Yoga Farm to be a warm and inviting space.  Christopher’s ability to listen to the needs of his students, then craft a session with those needs in mind, is part of what makes his offerings so special. As a beginner I’ve enjoyed the consistency with which the Yoga Farm has provided me with a peaceful and positive yoga experience.” – W.S., Ithaca, NY


 “Appreciated the small class size – made it feel like private sessions. Christopher was extremely knowledgeable, supportive and nurturing. My daughters and I always left class feeling relaxed and energized – this is wellness at its best!” – H.R. Lansing, NY


 “It’s been 40 years since I was in a yoga class. Through the Sunday easy, light and fun class, I learn yoga and even follow along with some YouTube videos in my home.  I’ve also attended the Shakti Naam class which I absolutely love for total body energy that it awakens in me.  But no matter which class I’m in Christopher reminds me to smile, breathe and enjoy – the absolute essentials that give me willingness to return.  Christopher is knowledgeable and a good instructor. I am reminded to wear the world lightly.” – P.W. Newfield, NY


 “I participated in meditation and Melt class. I loved both classes, the yoga farm is located in a nice area,  I like the instructors. I had all the tools for Melt class but didn’t know how to use it. Meredith was so knowledgeable and helpful. It was more like a private class because she made sure everyone does a right thing. I was suffering from neck pain and the result was immediate. I watched the DVD and was able to practice at home and I would recommend this class to everyone.” – Z.S. Ithaca, NY


 “For those actively practicing yoga or for the beginners who are trying to kickstart a lifestyle change I would highly recommend giving Yoga Farm a call and stop in to see the studio. I feel very privileged to be able to study at Yoga Farm. Christopher is a highly skilled yoga instructor, his approach is both caring and challenging and it is easy to tell that he has a true passion for yoga and for helping people unfold their own potential.” — R.F., Horseheads, NY


“Christopher really takes time to explain the poses, step-by-step.  He is very concerned with students’ proper technique, as he considers that the foundation of the practice.” – S.R. Lansing NY


 “I’ve been an “Easy, Light and Fun” devotee since finding the studio two months ago. I always look forward to coming to class and enjoy the relaxed peaceful feeling I go home with. The deep stretches and long holds have done an amazing job loosening my stiff joints and aching back. I was just commenting to my sister this morning that my spine feels so loose, I feel like a slinky! Christopher is an amazing teacher and a gift to Lansing. If you haven’t been to the Yoga Farm yet, I recommend you check it out.” – C.N. Lansing, NY


 “I did a private 3 lesson series because I wanted special sessions customized just for me.  Chris did a great job of understanding what worked for me and what didn’t, and was patient with explanations.  At the end of my sessions I had learned real tools that I could use in my personal practice that I could have never put together in a group class”. – J.V. Ithaca, NY


 “Christopher, you are a distinctly gifted teacher, able to identify sequences ideal for the individual as well as a group. I recall with fondness your assistance with my arm… in that session you were comfortable and able to hold the space for my discomfort, physically and emotionally with tremendous Grace. You were able to let me be with my tears, with no need to run for Kleenex and the belief of, “oh here, tissues, let’s clean up that mess!” You just let me be where I was, silently, so I could move deeper into it, through it.”   – D.H., Ithaca NY


“Christopher specially tailored our meditation and mindfulness session according to goals that my husband and I had set but had not moved towards. We wanted to get back into consistent meditation, and Christopher suggested a 28 day meditation challenge. That worked! We are more than half way through the challenge now, and we can see the improvement in our ability to sit together and clear our minds…and cuddle with gratitude.” – A.F., Ithaca NY


 “When the program at our retreat changed at the last minute because of an emergency with one of the headliners, Christopher stepped in to lead a beautiful, fun yoga session for an audience of 150. His liveliness and sincerity created the perfect environment for people of all abilities to jump in and participate.”  – L. J., retreat organizer, Ithaca, NY


“Ananda’s space and style are gentle and welcoming; a perfect way to start or end a day…” – J.W., Ithaca, NY


 “Comfortable space just right for small classes.  The Vinyasa class was at a good pace. Christopher offered variations of poses so we could each choose what suited us.   He is a welcoming and knowledgeable instructor.” – S.A., Ludlowville, NY

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