Lindsay is the owner and founder of Sweet Yoga. She is an E-RYT with over a 4000 hours of Yoga teaching experience and is a YACEP Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider. Most of what she does at Sweet Yoga would be considered body work. Whether you are attending a group class, a private session or a massage, she works to adjust and realign each persons individual body. All of her classes use the entire body and you can expect to do some Sun Salutations, standing poses, balance and strength work, seated postures, back bends and at least one inversion, giving you a well rounded practice that will leave you feeling renewed, rejuvenated, balanced and accomplished. In addition to being a Yoga Teacher she is also a UVM educated Nutritionist with a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and Food Science, has been a certified Personal Trainer for 9+ years and has completed training in Thai Yoga Massage and Massage Bodywork.
Lindsay received her first Yoga Certification in 2003 in Hatha Yoga. She completed a 200 hour certification at Yoga Vermont in 2011. She has a B.S. from the University of Vermont in Nutrition with a strong focus in Human Biology and Anatomy and Physiology. She is known for reading peoples bodies, giving great massage like Yoga adjustments, and blends Thai massage techniques into her private yoga sessions that she also weaves into group Yoga classes. Her enthusiasm for what she does is contagious!
Lindsay worked at Curves (fitness for women) for 3 years, The Edge for 5 years, she has numerous certifications including Core Training Specialist, a Yoga for Golfers & Golf Conditioning Specialist. Her primary teachers have been Kathy McNames, Christine Hoar and Sofi Dillof. She has completed the Ashtanga Primary Series Adjustment Clinic with Nancy Gilgoff and has done continuing education workshops with Sean Corne, Jason Crandell and Dharma Mittra. If she's not in the studio she is probably either out teaching SUP Yoga on our beautiful Lake Champlain or doing something outdoors.
In 1989, after receiving her certification through the United States Water Fitness Association, Ellen taught many water exercise classes in the Burlington and surrounding areas. Eventually, this lead to a 5-year part time job as a physical therapist aide, where she was able to enhance her knowledge of anatomy and physiology. During this time she ran a program created for people with arthritis, “People with Arthritis Can Exercise, (PACE)” developed by the Arthritis Foundation, and worked individually with people no longer needing physical therapy but wanting to continue with their exercise program. In search of exercise for herself, that also included spirituality, and philosophy, she began studying yoga. Today she is certified with Yoga Alliance (RYT200) and has training in Healing Touch. Ellen enjoys playing music during her classes and keeps things lighthearted
Andrea T. Francis is a registered yoga teacher (RYT 200), a certified running coach with Road Runners Club of America, certified First Degree Practitioner in the Usui Reiki System, an educated Nutritionist (BS in Dietetics, Nutrition and Food Sciences and Psychology from UVM), and is a new member to the Sweet Yoga family of teachers.
She first came to yoga over 10 years ago looking for a workout, for strength and flexibility, and hoping to relieve stress. Over the years, she has found more than physical wellness. She has come to value the relationship between the breath, the mind, and the body as their unity brings a sense of balance, mindfulness, and peace to life on and off the mat. Andrea felt compelled to share the gifts of yoga she embraced with her clients and completed the UVM Yoga Teacher Training under the direction of John McConnell and many accomplished instructors. Her teaching style is based in Vinyasa Flow. Andrea’s knowledge of anatomy and alignment is evident in her classes as well as her compassion and respect for her students’ wellness paths.
Always an athlete, Brittany was initially drawn to yoga at Boston College as a sweaty workout with a built in stretch. In 2012 she, her cousin and her aunt went to Sivananda Ashram in the Bahamas for a spontaneous yoga retreat; it was there that she began to realize the transformative power of yoga. During that week-long immersion in nature filled with meditation, breathing exercises, yoga and family she discovered that she wanted to quit her job in finance to build a dream career in medicine/wellness. In the uprooting that followed, yoga, which she considers a “moving meditation”, kept her grounded, balanced and energized as she pursued a degree as a Physician Assistant. Along this journey Brittany decided to expand her own practice and learn how to share her passion for yoga with others by enrolling in a 200 hour Teacher Training at South Boston Yoga with David Vendetti, Todd Skoglund and Kate Graham. (Ironically that same cousin and aunt have also become certified yoga teachers!) Now that school is over she has moved from Boston back home to the Burlington area and is excited to finally have time again to teach! Her teaching style is always evolving; she embraces creative and engaging flows with an emphasis on safe alignment, breath and remaining in the present moment.
Ashley Williams-Wenschhof, a (CYT) yoga instructor through Yoga Alliance, earned her 200 hr. certification in Vinysasa Yoga under the tutelage of Baron Baptiste (via Breathe Yoga Studio). After eleven years on her own mat, Ashley decided to incorporate her yoga practice with her previous experience in teaching. She taught Vinyasa Flow classes for a studio in Upsate NY for three years before relocating to Hinesburg last November. Ashley has donated her time teaching yoga for 108 Sun Salutations, a bi-monthly fundraiser held by www.irocyoga.com, taught a variety of specialized workshops on inversions and, most recently, has founded and launched her own yoga retreat that is held yearly in Italy; www.yogaprofondo.com. Since her arrival in VT she has been teaching Italian and Spanish at the Lake Champlian Waldorf High School and deepening her own yoga practice after the recent birth of her son.
Jeff & Jamie
We have been taking Lindsay's Vinyasa Flow yoga class and doing a private yoga session with her weekly for about 5 years. We enthusiastically followed her when she opened Sweet Yoga in Hinesburg. Her flexible style of variety and flow tailored to the individual’s unique needs done with humor and patience are refreshing and inspiring. Lindsay has saved my health and my sanity. You should do yoga with her.
Dr. Jeffrey Davis and Dr. Jamie Alpert
I started working with Lindsay doing private training sessions at the end of August 2013. I was very unhappy and overweight with no idea how to start to lose the weight, gain my confidence back or be the happy fun-loving person I once was. At first it was very tough but I was determined and Lindsay is great at being a supportive coach and pushing me to my limits at the same time. I started with one sessions and loved it so began 2 days and week and very soon after I added a 3rd day. I began to feel the difference first and then my confidence came back full force. By the middle of October I had lost almost 9 inches off my body! I am so much stronger then when I started and I am now "shopping" in my own closet and fitting into clothes I have not touched in years! Mentally I am happy overall and not stressing over all aspects of life anymore. It took me a long time to realize that the best investment is in yourself. I would not give up or miss my training sessions for the world! THANK YOU Lindsay!
Monica, Ella and Nika
I have always been interested and wanted to take a yoga class but finding the time and child care and so on and so on stopped me from pursuing it. When I noticed Sweet Yoga open right here in Hinesburg I knew it was time to jump in. I could only commit if my 2 daughters, ages 10 and 8, would be willing to join me and if the yoga instructor was willing to teach all three of us. Luckily for us, everyone agreed and it has been the best experience for my daughters and I. Being complete novices to yoga, I did not know what to expect or ask for. Lindsay has been great at tailoring the class to each of us-a little core training for me, some strength for my oldest daughter and flexibility work for my youngest. Week after week I have found that I can reach a little further to the floor and my daughters have astounded me with their quick adaptation to everything she throws at them. Lindsay is a great role model for my girls-positive, calm, flexible and strong (in mind and spirit) and hard working. Our yoga class with Lindsay is a high point of our week. - Monica
I am the Middlebury Rugby Coach. I started training with Lindsay twice a week about a year ago. With her help I have lost over 20lbs and I feel great! When I put on pants I haven't worn for years and they are too loose, I know that all the hard work is worth it and I remind myself of that everytime I don't feel like working out. It's definitely not easy, she kicks my butt, but I feel great afterwards and have so much more confidence. I even run with the boys now! It's the best feeling when you see people and they tell you how good you look. With help from our training, last year my wife and I climbed Machu Picchu, and this year we are climbing Patagonia. How great is that!
I am currently 85 years old. When I first started seeing Lindsay for Private Yoga Sessions three years ago I needed assistance to get up off the floor and would tire quickly. I now see her 3 times per week for Yoga and Strength Training. My strength and balance have greatly improved and I feel so much better after leaving our sessions. When I'm feeling down she picks my spirits back up. She is a joy to work with and I often tell her that it's even better than a massage because the effects last much longer. She has become a dear friend and I love practicing Yoga and doing strength training with her.
Dr. Bill Graham
You are my sunshine w/Bill
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Fear- False Evidence Appearing Real. Fear and worry are two of the destructive forces in our life. It's natural and normal for us to fear such things as lightening but we can't live our lives based on our fears. Worry in my mind is the most colossal waste of energy, mainly because it is us projecting our fears and believing that they are or will become real, essential predicting the future and embracing all the what ifs. The fact is, you'll never know "what if" and you aren't meant to. There's only right now and that's all you truly have and can control. The future is not ours to see, it's not guarenteed and the past is over and done, nothing you can to do to change that. You can plan and worry about your day, your life, but chances are it is not going to end up anything like you planned and the things you worried about will appear, after the fact, like a, "Why was I so worried about that." There is a power being positive just as there is a power behind negativity. There are numerous scientific studies happening right now that are observing how negative attitudes actual effect our cellular matter, and it is not good. Negative thoughts slowing destroy us, kills cells and changes them, fear holds us back from our true potential. It's always scary that first time we jump into the water, or that first time we ski etc. but if we move past that place of fear and worry we often discover something so amazing and so life changing that we forget why we were afraid in the first place. Mother nature posesses awesome power, as do we, but if we let fear and worry rule our minds and our lives we may never get to witness that amazing power, of the universe, of the amazing power of our divine nature, of the relationships we could create. We could miss out on so much. Don't let fear and worry rule your life. You are so much more powerful than you know.
What is perfection? Is there really such a thing? I'll often say in my classes that "no one is perfect, everyone is perfect". Some might say that Vermont is not a great paddle boarding state to live in since our season is so short, far less than ideal for the water babies out there. I mean really, we have what? 2 months of summer and then it's wind, rain, snow, cold, brown, freezing water. Not what some would consider perfect. But as a yogi I now understand that everything is perspective, and if you can change your perspective, you can change your life. The thoughts we think become our reality. We are all intelligent human beings and if we choose to believe something to be true we undoubtably will find things that validate our opinion. The thoughts we entertain become our reality. Where someone else see's freezing, unenjoyable and dangerous, I might see amazing, challenging and magical. I see snow on the ground and beautiful foliage in the trees, with colors of orange, red, white, blue and green surrounding me and I think, "This is perfection!!" Sure it was 28 degrees, and any Vermonter can tell you that 28 degrees in the fall feelsA LOT colder that 28 degrees in the spring, but as Yoga teaches us, if we can sit in that place of discomfort, even if for 5 breaths, if we can focus on something other than our discomfort, then something inside us opens up and lets go and then we grow. We get stronger, more flexible, more tolerant etc. We evolve into a better, stronger, more enlightened versions of our self, if we take the steps towards change. If we practice letting go. We have the courage to face our dislikes and fears head on, face the imperfections of life. For really, what is perfect? It's what you want it to be. It's what you believe. What do you choose to believe? How can you change your reality by changing your mind?