" Where do I even begin! Haley has been a saving grace to me this past year. Her knowledge with the yoga practice shows in everything she does. During our first private session I had realized I was pretty much doing everything completely wrong. By the end of class, I had the basics down and was in a crow pose after months of practicing! Not only have I been fortunate enough to take private classes with Haley but I have also received Reiki from her as well. I already knew there was something special about her but it wasn’t until I received some healing energy that I was in complete awe! I was skeptical going into our first session, I had no idea what to expect or feel but I was in for quite a treat! Coming out of the session I felt a sense of relief and closure. I have been quite depressed for some time now and this made the evil thoughts subdue and disappear. It wasn’t until our second session where things got extremely real. Haley was working on my Solar Plexus chakra (stomach) and I started to feel extremely dizzy, chest seemed tight, and it was hard to breathe. Similar to having an anxiety or panic attack. In my head, I knew the reason for all of this and why this was happening but how in the world could this reiki be effecting me like this! Haley didn’t know I had gone through a rather life changing event on that day 4 years ago. It was then that I completely gave myself over to this healing technique.
It has been a transformational journey this past year and it has been from Haley’s encouragement, teachings and healing that I have reached a level of self love, forgiveness, and confidence within. If you are debating growing your yoga practice or just need some pointers to get into a headstand, there’s no one else I’d recommend! Haley makes you feel comfortable and gives you the encouragement you need to nail the pose correctly.
SHE’S THE BEST! " - S.S
" I didn’t mean to end up in Haley’s class, honest I didn’t. Not because I didn’t like Haley, I mean, I didn’t even know her. I had been following another area teacher around from gym to studio like a yoga-drunk puppy. This teacher was my accidental introduction to the world of yoga—my gateway vinyasa—my first puff of mindfulness…you get the picture. All I did was show up to an ungodly early class to get my high, and there Haley was, subbing for my dealer, um…yoga instructor. She had a different vibe, and in spite of my fierce loyalty to my first teacher, I stuck it out.
Haley’s classes are another experience altogether. You can tell from what she shares that she actually spends time outside of class thinking about her own soul health and inner care, and as a result brings sustenance for all that show up to flow. Her mantras and meditations are a sentence or two at the start of class, and her flow is an hour plus. Somehow, magically, the wisdom she shares at the beginning hangs like one long fermata for the entire time I’m sweating my *ss off in her class. And she keeps it real too—I mean, we don’t just sniff incense and “ommm” like a bunch of stoned goats, she progresses us through the strength building poses to get us to the cool AF poses (that, let’s be honest, we all want to do…because it’s FUN!). Haley is as down to earth as she is etherial—which means middle fingers are not just allowed but encouraged when you’re in twisting triangle. Creativity is another key element in class with her—don’t believe me? Just wait until she says, “I found this on the internet…”. Bruh, you about to find some new muscles.
Me? Well, I love hitting the mat on a good day. Working out all the angst and thoughts, but my most memorable mat moments have been after the lowest lows. After a traumatic break-up that I thought would end in bells, when I’d gotten chewed out and obliterated in front of a room of fellow musicians during a class, after being let go from a church gig (welcome to The South), when trying to figure out a sexual-harassment situation at work…I hit the mat, and often in Haley’s class. Time to find center, yet again.
You see, we all want peace—like deep-soul, post-class peace. While not all problems can be solved in Haley’s class, you can often find the beginnings of your solutions there. The entirety of a resolution isn’t found in empowerment, but it must begin there, and that’s what Haley does. She empowers you to begin, and begin, and begin again your search for peace. And then she kicks you in the butt and lets you know that you’re strong enough to get there—that you are your own first teacher.
So, come to class already. You won’t be mad you did. " - K. H
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