Testimonials from Clients
“I was assaulted in 2003 by a large child who thought I was a classmate of hers. This child was twice my size and jumped me on the school ground, pushed me very hard and hit and beat me until she realized I wasn’t the child she thought I was. She blew out 3 cervical discs in my spine. I was overseeing teachers. I am a Professor of Education from Stanford University. I woke the next morning unable to get up. I was taken to see several physicians, all of whom told me I would never walk again. I was bed-ridden for two years and crawled to the bathroom daily.
I am very fortunate to have had a world-class heart surgeon father who created many devices in our home and he created specialized exercises he asked me to do daily. I did as he asked with great pain. After about 7 months my range of motion had increased but I could not yet walk. After 10 months I could stand up but I could not walk. My father kept me well exercised so I never atrophied. I saw physicians every other week and they saw progress but insisted I would never walk. One day, while standing, I took my first step. I could take another and then another and called out to my father that I could walk. This huge breakthrough amazed every physician I had. My MRI’s are horrible but because I had three places in my back that were injured, I was not a candidate for back surgery.
In time, I could not only walk, but I could go up and down stairs and my body never became atrophied as I had to work out daily in a makeshift gym my father created for daily exercise. After two years, I thought I could try to take classes. All of my doctors disagreed and discouraged me. I have been dancing since I was four. I wanted to return to a class but was told I would reinjure myself. I violated my doctor’s warnings and began to take yoga classes. I was unable to relieve my pain so I stopped yoga for quite some time.
More recently, I decided to return to yoga. I received no benefit from classes taught at large studios. I heard that physical therapists and physicians recommended the Yoga Center and I commenced class with Julia Lorimer, a very experienced yoga instructor. She taught yoga that was so distinctly different than any yoga class I had attended.
I began to feel much less nagging nerve pain and back pain. Julia asks us to hold poses for a long time and she was very careful to make sure each student was comfortable. I could not believe that I actually started to feel no pain. I have not taken Julia’s classes for a year yet but today I am completely pain-free. It is a miracle.
I cannot extol the incredible virtuous yoga instruction I receive from Julia. I have found no one to date that has succeeded in relieving all of my back, neck and arm pain. I returned to my doctors and shocked them all. They asked what factor I think made the difference and I told them that my yoga instructor, Julia, had enabled me to live a normal life again for the first time in almost a decade.
Julia is distinctly different in her approach to healing in contrast to all other yoga instructors I have encountered. She approaches healing holistically incorporating one’s entire thinking about how to heal the body. She incorporates the mind and meditation and brings a deep academic study in Sanskrit and Yoga Philosophy to help shift one’s attitude about healing the self of everything needed. She brings her spiritual training which focuses the mind on healing not only the body but one’s entire outlook on life and on living.
Julia offers a method of healing oneself from a variety of perspectives. I believe her well rounded and comprehensive training is rare to find in this country making Julia an expert in a field that she has created over time. My life has been completely changed for the better since I met Julia. I cannot thank her enough for what she has contributed to my healing process. Where physicians gave me no hope, Julia gave me the internal power to heal myself. I am able to walk easily and pain-free today”