2. Paige Cara Yoga
- 6 years in business
- Serves Hoboken, NJ
"I had yoga classes with other teachers and there was a lot of (a) pain and (b) boredom involved.
With Paige, there is no pain, and there is no boredom. This is because she doesn't do lots of reps on any one move or pose. We do it twice, maybe three times, then move on immediately to the next one. So there's no time for it to start hurting and there's no time to get bored.
On the one hand, Paige's classes are very slow, because we learn to breathe slowly and rhythmically and really get into the pose, feeling it deeply in our entire bodies. On the other hand, the classes are fast-moving, because there's no chatting or resting in-between moves or poses. Paige keeps me going for the entire 45 minutes straight and I love that. I am not wasting my time at all. It's a thorough yoga workout. Chatting is reserved for after the class only.
One more thing that I love about Paige is that even though we are working together for a few years now, she has yet to repeat a class. Every single week there's something new and different, something we never did before. I have no clue how she accomplishes that magic but she does.
Another point: some teachers sort of send you off doing reps and meanwhile they check their phones, space out, or take a break. Cara works as hard as I do, standing nearby and physically supporting me if I might fall, in the gentlest way possible. She is completely focused on my yoga the entire time.
Last but not least, Paige is extremely encouraging. She often says, "Good work," and "Great job," and "That's beautiful," and mostly "You can do it," and then I find I actually can do it. Paige says, "There's no such thing as cheating, just try your best," and she often comments, "Do you remember when we first started, you couldn't do this, but LOOK, now you can!" If I really can't do something, she says, "We'll try again next week." And we keep trying again until I do (much to my own surprise) manage to do it.
When I say that at my age (almost 60) I probably won't be able to do this or that, she looks at me with a big smile as if to say, "We both know that's not true," and indeed, with Paige, I can do anything, even stand on my head!
So as you can see I am a BIG Paige fan. I feel the yoga has made a big difference in how I feel, how I move, and how I think about my body, and this wasn't so until she became my teacher."