Testimonials

“I struggled for almost two years with low back and sciatica pain due to a 5mm bulging disc at L4 and L5. It limited my daily activities. I was unable to do the things I loved. As a matter of fact, I struggled to do simple daily tasks, like leaning over the sink to brush my teeth, without nerve pain. And sitting was next to impossible. After trying chiropractic, acupuncture, some crazy therapy where my body was forcibly mangled, it seemed like the only option that would stop the pain and allow me to get on with my life, was surgery. In October 2014 I reluctantly made the appointment with a surgeon who assured me surgery was the only option to relieve my pain.

I started attending Savita’s therapeutic yoga classes twice weekly. I loved the relief her classes brought, but the sciatica pain was initially still there. When I mentioned to a classmate that I had consulted with a surgeon, he suggested I work one-on-one with Savita; apparently she was known for “having expertise” with sciatica. I set up a series of private appointments with Savita beginning November 2014.

It is one of the best decisions (short of asking my husband to marry me) I ever made. Savita took time to carefully explain what she was doing and what I could do to best support my body’s healing process. She was gentle and knowledgeable. Each session I could literally feel the muscles and nerves slowly moving. I was in less pain; the feeling starting coming back in my leg. And then on December 24, after only four or five sessions with Savita, I woke up to NO SCIATICA! Anyone who has experienced that endless nerve pain associated with sciatica will recognize the lightness that came over me. I didn’t realize how much sciatic pain affected me–my relationships, my whole life–until I no longer had it.

It is now May 2015. I am free of sciatic pain. I have no lower back pain, all done without surgery. My only regret is that I didn’t work with Savita sooner. If any of what I’ve said sounds familiar to you, I highly recommend you seek out Savita quickly so you, too, can get on with your life–and be pain free. Thank you, Savita!” Dana G – Laguna Niguel, CA

I came to yoga late in life with a rather stiff back and shoulders.  Over the years, as my practice and commitment to yoga has solidified, I have seen amazing reductions in pain and discomfort as well as increased range in motion.  Savita has been the ‘voice in my head’ as I do my practice.  She helped me develop a daily asana, pranayama and meditation practices and her direction and insight are the reasons for my success.  I became aware, however, that I did have some problem areas that didn’t seem to want to let go.  I scheduled a private yoga therapy session asking for insight into easing my stiff shoulder and hip.  Savita listened and then showed me some very supported, deeply relaxing poses using props in a way that really allowed me to completely let go into these postures.  She showed me how to use these postures and my breathing to very gently go deeper and over time this approach has started to open my shoulder and hip.  Working with postures in this way is astounding to me, in that I have always approached yoga with the idea of pushing myself a bit deeper into an asana trying to stretch more and improve mobility.  The experience that instead I can be kind to myself and let everything go to achieve the desired result has profoundly changed my focus in yoga.  Savita moved the cheese!” -Bill N. Laguna Niguel, CA

“I am feeling much gratitude for this remarkable 5-day Yoga/Meditation Retreat.  You created a deep, thoughtful, intelligent, fun and amazingly interesting yoga experience for us all.  Thank you for putting so much of yourself into it and for sharing the depth of yoga practice as well as this special place.  I have learned so much more about yoga and have come away humbled, inspired and grateful for the spiritual as well as the physical aspects of this amazing practice.   You are a wonderful teacher and a master at your craft.  Looking forward to a future retreat with you. - Torie S, San Anselmo, CA

Hold every moment sacred.  Give each clarity and meaning, each the weight of thine awareness, each its true and due fulfillment.        -Thomas Mann

“This quotation best sums up the vital life lesson that I have learned and continue to learn from Savita during our Hakomi sessions. In that one hour, Savita stands as a clear and non-judgmental reflection of the present moment that allows me to recover those parts of myself imprisoned in past identities or lost in future forebodings.  When I leave, I am aware once again that I am complete–embracing myself exactly as I am now.  Savita’s gift is that she gently guides us into the experience of the sacred moment, and most of all, guides us into the experience of the sacredness of our being. ” - Karen G. Laguna Beach,CA

“Thanks for many great classes and workshops! I am learning not only new practices to better take care of my body, but also not to compare myself to others!  What a gift!” - Connie D. Mission Viejo, CA

Using Yoga Therapy, Savita has shared with me how do heal both, physical and emotional pain. For a person living with chronic pain and exhaustion for many years, I had become someone who had grieved over the loss of physical abilities.
I now have found hidden reserves of energy. I experience life more fully and use my new skills every day.
” -Diane B. Huntington Beach, CA

Chronic pain from a failed back surgery and neck cancer led me down a dead end of prescription morphine and despair. I believed my life was over when Savita introduced me to yoga. I remain amazed at the healing powers of this unique therapy. Savita has guided me to a life path of physical, emotional and spiritual health. It works… it truly works.” – Brad W., San Diego, CA

“Savita’s clarity and just being there as a facilitator/supporter without judgment was medicine for my wounded spirit.  Her loving, non-judgmental support along with the physical positions of going beyond what I thought I could do, were balm to my aching body/mind/spirit as I worked through destructive patterns that I had developed in order to survive in a world that seemed most threatening.  Thank you for helping me see my own power.” -Peggy C., Leucadia, CA

“When I began yoga therapy with Savita I had some anxiety because of failed physical therapy in the past.  I was frightened and in pain, having suffered seven very painful fractured vertebra from osteoporosis.  Surgery had not eliminated my pain.  Since this yoga therapy is unique and unlike traditional physical therapy, I thrived.   I do not have the dowager’s hump of osteoporosis many women my age (82) have; I am active and independent, free of pain medication and feel much more at ease with myself and life.  Savita’s transformative powers are there to be tapped into.” – Annette S., SJC, CA

“Thanks for being an angel in my life.  I so enjoy your classes – you are an amazing teacher!” – Beth M. MV, CA

Many years of addictive mood-altering drugs, prescribed to me by doctors who took countless notes about my constant complaint of living in this life, have not changed my fear and self loathing. Savita takes no such notes. She walked into my life and put her finger on the pain that lives in the heart of me. She looked into my eyes and saw the terrified child hiding there who is afraid to speak the truth.  Through the Hakomi work we have done together I am beginning to realize that getting to know such truth as well as myself is becoming less and less frightening and actually is introducing a lot more calmness and peace into my life. Savita is a teacher and a healer; she lays out the stones for you to walk upon, fully investing herself to help you in this process.”  -Faro D., Laguna Niguel, CA

“All the work I have done with Savita from 2007 to 2011 helped me prepare to make a major shift in my life that would complete my healing and bring wholeness into the next phase of my life.  I learned to listen to my inner voice and to trust what I was hearing.  My path with Savita started with bi-weekly therapeutic yoga classes and semi-annual yoga retreats.  Our work deepened with Hakomi and Yoga Therapy.  Participating in her meditation and breathing classes, further helped me to feel more grounded and settled.  Thank you, Savita, for being my ‘One Stop Shop’!” – Dana L. MV, CA