“Who you think you are will always be frightened of change. But it doesn’t make any difference to who you truly are.”
– Ram Dass
“I have been profoundly amazed by this stuff called Yoga. It began to change my life almost immediately! First a little about me to give you an idea of who it is that has seen these changes. I’m a 44-year-old, late-deafened, recovering alcoholic and addict. I have to be honest here and mention that I’m also a recovering couch potato!
One of the first things I noticed was that I seem to be walking more aloft and I was aware that my body felt comfortable as I was making my way into the local Wal-Mart. My usually nagging back has been more regularly comfortable . From an emotional angle, I don’t have anywhere near my former level of anger. I used to feel like a lion roaring at people all the time. Whether lion pose helped me direct that energy elsewhere I don’t know I just know I’m calmer around others when I’m practicing! Also I seem to not suffer so badly with depression as I did prior to starting my practice.
When I started to work with Evelyn I wasn’t sure I would be able to do much of anything due to many years of inactivity. Much to my joy, I have found I can and am able to do poses! Imagine the person I described above is doing, or at least attempting on a daily basis, to do warrior pose and downward facing dog!
“‘Plant a seed and watch it grow - also nurture that seed.’” This is what I feel is Evelyn’s motto. She has a desire to see her clients succeed. Evelyn put time and effort into my recovery, believing in me, setting proper boundaries, even through relapses.
My first association with Evelyn was as a client at a residential addiction center. She introduced me to Yoga, it’s effects and benefits. We remained in contact for aftercare when I left treatment. She has shared her vast knowledge of not only yoga but other modalities that might work for whatever situation arose.
I was gifted her Yoga primer and Yoga Nidra CD’s. I continue with the yoga practice to this day. Working remotely was a benefit to me. Being from a rural area and having long distances to recovery meetings, I can say Evelyn’s involvement in my recovery was key to my success not just in dealing with addiction but also other areas of my life.”
“I first met Evelyn when I was in treatment for a gambling addiction. she was a counselor and yoga teacher there. We hit it off immediately; she understood me and my problems and the causes of my problems right off the bat. I had numerous sessions with her where we would just walk in the woods and talk; I felt( and still do) completely safe with her. We have kept in touch over the years and she helped me again when I relapsed. Once again, Evelyn's experience and finely tuned intuition allowed me to see exactly why I had gone off the path. Evelyn has a heart of gold and is a tremendously talented addiction counselor. See her as soon as you can, if you need help!”
“At a residential facility that staffed Doctors, Psychologists, and therapists of every expertise, I found the most knowledge and guidance out in the gym area from the one ‘non-therapist’ in the group. Sitting on the yoga mats (not doing yoga) talking about ‘life’, Evelyn was the One who helped me break a long pattern of poor thinking and behaving - and encouraged me make a few (big) decisions that were needed at the time. She possesses an inner peace and confidence that I admire and want more of. Each conversation I have with Evelyn leaves with me a touch of wisdom I do not believe I could get anywhere else.”