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WHAT PEOPLE SAY

Within a container of simplicity, I accessed deep patterns in my subconscious that have created obstacles in my life for a long time. I was supported in not only locating the root of these challenges, but inspired by Brenda's guidance to acknowledge how I could choose differently. I experienced more courage and commitment to the person I want to be.
Lexi A. Arvada, CO
You may not know where you are going, but a compass will point you in the right direction & keep you on your path. This course has given me direction; to find my truth, to find acceptance, & pointed the way.

Kathy W. 
After completing "Navigating Change," a small group yoga therapy course, Spring 2022

I am a clinical trauma therapist with my own personal trauma story for which i have been in treatment for some time. I know that yoga is a highly recommended effective treatment modality for trauma. I understand the science behind it.
I had never met Brenda before our zoom session. She helped me relax and connect to my breath and to my body. She gave me permission to move in and out of poses as i needed to, to honor myself.  She choose words and poses that brought healing and peace. The first session was emotional and healing. I felt such a release.
On my second session, I came in highly distracted and wound up. Through the session, i received much wisdom, strength and calm. I filled a page with thoughts and affirmations.
Additionally, Brenda allowed me to refer one of the clients i see in therapy to her for yoga therapy. This client experiences a medical condition that is clearly trauma based. I met with the client for therapy following Brenda’s session. She was able to relay the powerful positive messages she felt through the first part of her session and then the strong emotions released during the second part of the session.
I was very impressed with both the process and skills that Brenda used. She was constantly reading body language and somatic expression and adjusting her words, tone, and next instructions.  She didn’t push or pry. She accepted whatever came and helped me, and my client, to do so also. The power of that alone is incredibly healing.
I am excited about yoga therapy and the benefits it holds for clients. I believe that Brenda will do incredible work in bringing wholeness, peace and healing to clients in the future.
Sincerely,

Diane Clark, LSCSW,CCTP
Therapist, Ethos Therapy and Life Coaching

Manhattan, KS

I had been doing yoga with Brenda at The Yoga Room and now in her home on Friday mornings. My neck and shoulders have always bothered me so I decided to take Brenda up on an offer she provides, a private session.    Not only did she get me onto her schedule (and accommodating my crazy one) we met in less than a week. She hit every spot that I needed.   I now have a routine I can follow on a daily basis I can do in my own home with very simple props. Six days out, and I am still feeling great. I can lay down and not get charlie horses across my upper back. I highly recommend Brenda.

Nancy M.
Topeka, KS

 

I started group yoga classes in my mid-sixties, hoping to improve my balance and flexibility as I grew older. The physical activities I had previously enjoyed were not a match for my bone loss and I needed a different physical health plan with individualized instruction compatible with my abilities and goals to deter the progression of osteoporosis. I began working one-on-one with Brenda just before the pandemic.

Since then, I have gained strength, improved balance, both statically and dynamically, and learned to use my breath as part of my foundation for movement, as well as overall breath awareness.  I can feel and see the differences in my body. My sessions are individualized for my goals, physical capabilities, and the challenges and needs of an aging body. Brenda has so much knowledge about adapting yoga to meet the needs & restrictions of her clients. I appreciate how she brings different perspectives and experiences to each session, as well as her style of teaching.

I am so thankful that the gifts of my sessions with Brenda support the activities I want to do for fun and the activities I need to do as part of my ordinary day.

 

B.R.

Topeka, KS

Over ten years ago, I attended the first of what would become hundreds of classes with a beautiful, empowering instructor, Brenda Berg-Dyck. Brenda is without question the best yoga instructor & yoga therapist I’ve ever practiced with. She brings out the perfect balance of challenge and mindfulness to every practice. Brenda represents everything I love about yoga. She is more of a mentor than an instructor. Brenda is committed to meeting every student where they are in their personal journey, and coaxes out the urge to push ourselves, find our edge, and embrace self-acceptance. Brenda is a gift for which I am grateful.

Dannielle Thibault

Lawrence, KS

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I started taking private yoga therapy sessions with Brenda at a point in my life when I was desperate for any solution to manage my chronic pain. As a healthcare professional in the Sports Medicine/Rehab field, I had access and opportunity to try a multitude of therapeutic modalities during my pain flares. While those therapies were, and still are, tools in the belt to help me manage my condition, I still often struggled to function during daily activities. Where traditional medicine has fallen short, these yoga therapy sessions have helped fill a lot of the gaps. Brenda has helped me learn to better manage my pain physically, mentally, and emotionally. She has intimate knowledge of the human body and its anatomy, and has helped me find ways to physically reduce pain through movement and stretching. Emotionally and mentally, she challenges me to slow down, address my thoughts and emotions, and breathe through them as they are processed. Brenda has helped me acknowledge and focus on the things I can do to manage the stresses that inevitably appear in life, including my pain, and let go of those things I cannot. I would highly recommend working with Brenda to anyone who has some stresses in life (aka everyone), whether they are physical, mental, or emotional in nature to learn how to manage them well.

M.B

Topeka, KS

Brenda’s heart for her clients is simply priceless. I started my son, at age 13, with private yoga lessons with Ms. Brenda.  He has autism and cerebral palsy, is non verbal, and has hearing and sight loss.   Additionally, he has low muscle tone, weak coordination and very tight hamstrings.  I decided to try yoga, and honestly, I was just hoping to find an activity that he might participate in.   

In the autism world, us parents consider if our kids “tolerate” something, it’s a win.   To actually enjoy a task, it somewhat rare (outside of their chosen obsessions or enthusiasm). Seven years later, and Jesse still loves his yoga & Ms. Brenda too!   Brenda automatically had this special connection with Jesse – from their first session – that surprised and truly awed me.  I think she really “saw” Jesse and he truly loved her for it. 

Jesse's balance and coordination have greatly improved over the years. He loves yoga with Brenda, as it always makes him smile. Ms. Brenda is a rare gift to all of us that have had the privilege to practice with her.

Kim Stolle

Topeka, KS

I am a client of Brenda's for yoga and yoga therapy, and what I have noticed is a calming of my anxiety, less worry talk in my head, a sense of knowing myself, an inner voice that empowers me. I look forward to my sessions all week long and find myself carrying it with me off and on throughout my days. 

 

Diane Sadowski LSCSW, LCAC,

Therapist

Ottawa, KS