Anchored Vessel Yoga

Richardson, TX

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How does your business stand out?

My clients learn about biomechanics, how the mind and body work, and what is advantageous for their body in any class I teach, whether a private session or group session. I carefully watch my students and help them to discover what movement patterns they engage in that can be injurious in the long run and I provide them with tools and tips to help them combat those tendencies. I specialize in creative use of props. Many of my clients are surprised at what new things they learn about their body simply by including wall work or work with floatation devices in the pool. I have an engineering background which I credit as giving me the ability to work with clients at their level while still providing them safe challenges to help them move towards positive change in their body. For clients interested in including healthy mind work and stress reduction, I teach meditation and relaxation techniques.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love seeing student transformation. It's a joy for me to connect with someone who trusts me to teach them healthy movement patterns and trusts me to show them ways they can calm their mind. The best students I work with are the ones who are always curious about what is going on with themselves and understand that every day their body is different and every day change is possible. When students feel empowered to go back into their life more conscious of how they are living, moving and breathing in their body, I feel like I have done my job.
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Richardson, TX 75082

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6 Reviews
  • Maureen B. May 18, 2017
    Private Yoga Instruction (for me or my group)
    Verified Review
    Sandi has been a true gift in my life. I have a lot of weight to lose and I want to develop a healthier lifestyle that includes yoga. Sandi is very kind and patient. She has modified poses for my needs right now. She is not only teaching my yoga, she is teaching me to listen to my body and to understand how it works. She helped me put together a schedule that fits my schedule. I feel very lucky to have connected with her. She is exactly the right person to help me achieve my goals.
  • Josh Z. May 18, 2017
    Sandi has a wonderful approach and makes everyone very comfortable during her practice. She is very good at understanding people's conditions and how to work with them. I enjoy not only her classes but would really recommend private sessions. She really takes to the time to focus on your needs and is very compassionate. Go see Sandi! you wont be disappointed :)
  • Lynn W. Feb 18, 2017
    Awesome teacher
    I had 3 private lessons before surgery to focus on breathing. I realized it could be a real help to my recovery. Sandi was great, she made a difference in my awareness and how I breathe. Surgery was a complete sucess!!
  • Monica Y. Feb 17, 2017
    The most knowledgeable Yoga teacher around Dallas/Plano area
    Sandi is an excellent Yoga teacher for all levels. I have been practicing Yoga for over 8 years now and it is the first time I see a teacher so dedicated and knowledgeable, she has an unique understanding of the body. She helped me correct and restore postures I have been wrongly doing for these past years. I took several private therapeutic and regular studio classes with her and they are 100% recommendable whether you are new to yoga or and experience Yogi.
  • Abeda M. Dec 29, 2016
    Private Yoga Instruction (for me or my group)
    Verified Review
    Best yoga for my 9yr olds bday party!
    She was on time and so nice! The girls had a blast! Professional and child friendly! My newly turned 5 year old decided to join in with the girls and she went with the flow. Very easy to work with. My daughter wants to do yoga with her again so will book again in the near future!! Thanks for a great afternoon!!
  • Vonsheika K. Feb 28, 2016
    Private Yoga Instruction (for me or my group)
    Verified Review
    Several years ago, I broke my femur and since then I have had issues with my legs. I have recently developed arthritis due to my leg trauma and weight gain. I decided to start yoga due to the limitations of my legs and it was an excellent decision I have made. Sandi is amazing and has catered my lessons to take into consideration my bad leg. My first experience with yoga has been great. I now feel like I can combat my weight gain and gain strength back in my legs by doing yoga because I cannot do typical high impact cardio exercise. I have gained a new appreciate for yoga and encourage all to look into yoga.


What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Before the first session I have the client describe to me the goals they are interested in attaining as well as the state of their physical and mental health. We talk through any concerns they have based on past injuries, surgeries, or certain restrictions they feel they have. On the initial encounter, I guide the client through foundational yoga poses. It is during the first session that I help the client see which parts of the body need the most attention. I have been described by previous clients as having the ability to work with them at their current level while providing safe challenges to help their body move towards positive change. After the first session I provide documentation on the work that was done for the client's personal record. This includes a full description of poses including safe entry and exit into them as well as recommendations of what they can work on until the next session.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am registered with the Yoga Alliance as an RYT200 and have over 1000 hours of teaching. I am also recognized through Yoga Alliance as a continuing education provider for yoga teachers. The Yoga Alliance is the governing body that provides accountability for yoga instructors. A registered teacher is required to meet a minimum number of continuing education hours and is provided with resources for quality teaching. I credit my engineering background as giving me additional insight into working with each student's individual body. I have the unique ability to creatively incorporate props into a student's practice. Many of my clients are surprised what they learn by addition of wall work or use of floatation devices in the pool. In addition to the resources that Yoga Alliance provides for registered teachers, I continually study the body and biomechanics from other high caliber resources such as Yoga International and YogaUOnline.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked with the following client backgrounds: those who have had past injuries with spine, shoulders, hips, knees, wrists; those who have restrictions in the body due to surgical modifications or nerve damage (i.e., rod in spine); those who manage an ongoing physical or mental health condition such as high blood pressure, anxiety, depression. My youngest client is five years old and my oldest client is 73 years old. I have worked with clients interested in more of a therapeutic approach to yoga as well as clients interested in a developmental/athletic approach.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
As a client, understand where the value of your money is going towards. You really do get what you pay for. If you choose to have the work done in a public class, realize the trade-offs and take into account if the value of your money is going more towards the facility and overhead or if it is really going towards the instructor and the quality of instruction you'll experience. In a large group setting, there is often not enough time to adapt the work to each individual. A good instructor will be watching their students intently and provide many specific cues to help their students. Personal hands-on adjustments should be done with great caution. Be wary of an instructor who does not spend much time watching you or who applies a hands-on adjustment that causes discomfort. For a private setting, you should feel a sense of ease to communicate continually with your instructor about what is occurring with your body. Ask lots of questions and see how your professional responds to them.