Before I found Jacqueline, I could never take the practice of yoga seriously enough to go to more than 1 class for any yoga instructor (given I’ve maybe gone to only 3 studios before, take a class, decide yoga just isn’t for me and think I’d never go back. Go back. Repeat every couple years or so...)Out of convenience I stumbled upon this yoga studio... Then I found Jacqueline. There’s something about her voice, it is so soothing to me and it helps me focus. Not only that, but unlike the other few classes I’ve taken before, she pays very close attention to everyone. I needed a lot of help achieving the basic postures but she helped me along the way. Be sure to talk to her before and after class especially if you’re new.I notice that there’s a flow to the movements she guides you into. You start out just sitting there, relaxing, just breathing, maybe touching your toes........and next thing you know you’re doing lunges!!!! I didn’t even notice the progression in difficulty in the postures in every class. The movements/postures she guides you into just...flows~~~ If anything that’s what I love about her most. Also her soothing voice helps me break away from everything stressful in life for the duration of the practice. Fast forward 1 year later and i’m still attending her classes. It’s definitely worth checking out at least once. :)
I joined Shaanti about a two years ago because I wanted to up my practice, and I’m so glad I did! The studio is small and intimate, and the instructors are dedicated and conscientious. I most often attend Jacqueline’s 5:30 class - she’s a beautiful person inside and out, and a wonderful guide - the other yogis are also excellent. I’d recommend this studio to anyone - regardless of level - if you have any interest in yoga, you will find your home here!
This yoga studio is phenomenal. I had never been to a yoga studio before, and had previously watched women walk into yoga studios thinking that my imperfect body and slightly awkward self would never fit in or feel comfortable at a studio. After finding meditation a life changing addition to my days, I worked up the courage to try to find a yoga studio. After reading the information page on the Shaanti Yoga website, I felt like I could actually attend a class and not be laughed out. I started with a basic class/prenatal class (you don’t have to be pregnant) with Alysha, who instantly assured me I had made a good decision with her welcoming presence and reassuring teaching style. I moved on to gentle yoga with Jenna, who I might add, is an oasis of peace. Leaving her class I feel unwound, happy, still, and joyous. This week I moved on to a full hour yoga class with Jacqueline Weeks. I’ll admit I was extremely nervous to attend her class, as I had seen her profile on the Shaanti Website, and I was impressed with her accomplishments and her strong spirituality. Within seconds of meeting this very special person, I felt welcomed, peaceful, and that I was in the right place. Jacqueline’s class was a moving experience. I left her class feeling present and elated. I look forward to being able to continue to learn from her. I would not hesitate to recommend this place to anyone at all interested in the practice of yoga, despite age or physical condition.