||Out of balance
These are just a few
of the many comments we have gotten from
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class to see for yourself.
I have been a student of yoga since 1994
and have enjoyed many benefits. I was never
injured but my lower back was usually in some pain
after class or practice. This was nothing that a couple
of Advils wouldn't ake care of but was an indication
that I was stressing my lower back in my practice. I
have attended many yoga workshops with nationally
known yoga teachers and have taken classes with
many Iyengar certified and other well-trained teachers,
but until I met Jean Couch, no one ever suggested a
practical solution for my problem.
The workshop I attended at the Balance Center was not
a yoga workshop but a posture workshop. With the
increased body awareness I obtained from Jean's workshop,
I was chagrinned to discover my own posture was drastically
out of balance. In particular, I saw that I tend to lean forward
when I stand, that my back is usually arched and my ribcage
raised when I thought it was straight. This "military" posture
is really rough on the mid-back. Jean points out that our
western posture habits create very short hamstrings and an
unhealthy spine. Many people taking up yoga tend to bend at the
waist rather than the hips in forward bends further stressing the
spine and leading to injury. Jean's posture classes emphasize
body awareness and sitting, standing, walking and lifting "in
balance." Jean and a few other instuctors at the Balance Center
also teach "yoga in balance" classes that help the students learn
how to do yoga poses in a way that is biomechanically sound
My back is never sore after these. While at first glance my poses
don't seem as deep as they did when I bent whatever I could to get
my hand on my toe or whatever, I have seen more progress in hip
opening after 5 or 6 weeks of Balance Center yoga classes than I
experienced in the previous 4 years of other classes. I now use
Jean's suggestions in other classes as well. Now I feel the poses
much more in my big muscles and much less in my back. I don't use
the Advils anymore.
--D.E., Patent Attorney
The evening prior to my first
Balance session, I attended a concert.
I could barely sit through it due to chronic
neck pain and shoulder tension. At intermission
I needed to walk around for relief. The
next day, after attending my first Balance
session, I went to a concert in the same
theater. I was so much more comfortable
that I didn't even get up at intermission,
but read a book instead.
--B.J., piano teacher
I am a piano teacher and performer.
Balance has dramatically affected my effectiveness
with my students at the piano. I am able
to help pianists of all ages solve physical
and musical obstacles using the principles
of Balance. Balance has given me new insight
and it really works.
--S.B., piano teacher
The results I experienced
from the Foundations class were phenomenal.
I now can sit or stand comfortably for
extended periods of time, usually with
no pain at all. Also, I can sit comfortably
at my office throughout the day - what
--J.S., real estate agent
I really enjoyed your class.
It changed my life from one of discomfort
and stress to relaxation and enjoyment
I know how to get out of pain
so it never builds up. This is after 30
years of pain.
Practicing Balance has made
sports like skiing and rollerblading a
lot more fun. I feel more stable, sure-footed
and confident so I'm willing to push the
envelope mentally and physically. It can
I went to the Balance Center
Workshop in Palo Alto last Saturday and
I think it is the best hour and 45 minutes
I could have spent. We learned how to
sit and stand and walk. I doubled my walking
speed and my neck feels so much better!
I highly recommend this to anyone who
has an opportunity to go.
What an amazing compilation
of guidelines that effectively undo the
habits of weight distribution (sitting,
standing, walking, carrying, writing,
etc.) and body tension that have induced
and propagated my pain for over a decade.
--P.R., PhD, educational specialist
For the first time in many
years I have been able to wear "regular"
(non-orthopedic) shoes with little or
no pain in my ankles and arches. This
is a direct result of my work in Balance
and especially the Walking and Foot Workshops.
--C.D., computer programmer
As a result of this series
I feel more grounded. My posture is much
more comfortable and relaxed. Letting
go to gravity in my posture is helping
me to let go in other significant ways
in my life.
--D.T., yoga teacher
I wanted to thank you and
my Foundations class teachers for helping
me so much. I am mostly pain free these
days and I am thinking of returning to
work full time for the first time in nearly
I just wanted to thank you
again for your Foundations of Balance
course. I truly feel I have a strong grasp
of the foundation of Balance and find
myself increasingly excited on a daily
basis with my personal progress. It is
a life changing opportunity for me.
I helped with a garage sale
a few weeks ago. I loaded and unloaded
my van three times and drove to Campbell
three days in a row. Before taking the
Foundations Course I could never have
done this, let alone pain free. Thank
you! Thank you!
I owe you a huge thank you
regarding Balance and changed lifestyle.
Your approach is logical, slow, patient
and an encouragement to "stick with
it"! Who would have believed after
struggling for years with sleep and position
that a few simple moves and more pillows
were the answer for me. I was skeptical
at first but now I can say this has really
worked for me!
--L.O., retail owner
Something comes over me when
I take a Balance class. It is as if my
body is in bliss. My body loves Balance.
I am remembering that to strengthen muscles
they have to be relaxed.
--M.K.B., Marriage Family Therapist
It has been two years since
I took your series of seminars on correct
posture. For this time I have been almost
completely free of any form of back pain.
Your classes certainly were of enormous
benefit to me. I really appreciate the
work my chiropractors did and yet I am
not sorry that I have not needed them
for the past two years and for that I
am thankful. Do keep up the good work
that you are doing.
For 25 years I suffered with
recurrent back problems which really limited
my physical activities. Since learning
Jean's body balancing techniques I've
had virtually no problems and can confidently
participate in strenuous activities again.
I highly recommend her course.
--T.F., professional consultant
Thanks for a fun, brilliant
and life-changing workshop.
--T.V., yoga teacher
You've made me a crusader.
The Foundations class was absolutely wonderful.
Prior to Balance I wasn't even aware of
how much my back pain was affecting my
life. Aging is definitely something we
don't do well in this country, physically
or emotionally. Think how much harder
your trip would have been out of Balance.
After taking the Intro class
and the Foundation series the result is
balanced walking, easier sleeping, relaxed
sitting and much more. My cello playing
is easier and more expressive through
letting go of tensions in the belly. There
is more of my energy left to play rather
than holding myself in. I feel that I
have made more good bodily structural
changes in the last year than almost any
year previous. Particularly since I am
now eighty-one years old, that seems amazing
to me. Thank you all.
--R.Y.G., retired cellist, San Francisco
Since taking Balance I've
been doing a daily exercise routine and
recently began modeling for art classes
again after an 8 year hiatus. Yesterday
in a class at Notre Dame I did a 30-minute
standing pose with no discomfort. I attribute
this directly to body Balance. Thank you
enormously for your wonderful work!
I love the pebble-in-the-pond
effect: the more balanced my body, the
more balanced my mind, emotions, diet
and well, life.
--M.C., legal consultant
I am happy to report that
I spent 6 comfortable hours on a pint-sized
children's chair at a staff meeting to
plan for the coming year. While my colleagues
crossed and uncrossed legs, slumped over
the table, lay on the floor, I relaxed
contentedly in my chair. Thank you for
helping me make this small significant
--S.S., preschool teacher
Balance has been good to me.
I played hard all last year without injury
and that got me a scholarship at Menlo
I relish the heightened awareness
of everyday movement I gained in the class
and feel both inspired by your example
and informed by your instruction.
--J.S., yoga teacher, ecologist
I used to have a great deal
of pain in my hip joint, which was noticeable,
when I pressed on my thighs. I have had
this pain for many years and took it for
normal. It wasn't until I started standing
in Balance for about a week that I realized
this pain, too is gone! Balance has changed
my life. For example, I used to dread
standing anywhere - at a party, while
singing, even in line at a grocery store
because it would be painful. Now, I actually
look forward to the opportunity because
I know I can "practice" standing
in Balance and guess what? When I stand
in Balance I am pain free!
Other than the initial treatment
I received for a herniated disk, Balance
training has made the biggest difference
and has enabled me to sit and drive without
--M.M., mom, home-schooler
I can't tell you how much
I enjoyed the series of classes. I looked
forward to Monday nights and I believe
I learned a tremendous amount of good
posture and Balance. I find that the few
simple things that I learned at class
and am able to put into practice have
greatly reduced the strain and pain in
my lower back.
After learning to sit
forward on the chair in a balanced way,
I can meditate for 20 minutes or more
with no back support and my back feels
completely relaxed. My whole body feels
like it is floating and it enables me
to really focus on my meditation instead
of my discomfort.
--D.D., yoga teacher
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