Testimonial for Overlap Healing Method:
Ryoko is a gifted healer. Private sessions with Ryoko combined with classes for the past several years have helped me gradually unstick tight areas in my body, significantly reduce nagging pain in my hip, and incrementally increase my awareness of the relationship between the body and the mind.
This summer I expressed a desire to accelerate my treatment. We scheduled nine sessions in a three-week period. At the end of this intensive Overlap Healing Method, I definitely noticed the physical tensions in my body had eased, but I was even more gratified to find greater ease in dealing with stressful situations. I felt more able to reduce worry and "take things as they come." I definitely recommend this method for deeper healing, both physically and mentally.
- JPJ, 2019
RTT Session Testimonial for "Getting Ideal Weight":
I had my session with Ryoko in early February 2019. Right away I noticed my head felt buzzy, like the brain was having to do things differently from the very first minute. I immediately quit gluten, and I haven’t had any since and am not struggling. I noticed I was incorporating her suggestions into my daily life, almost automatically, as I wasn’t so much thinking about them as just doing them. More water, not thinking about food as much, eating smaller portions, making better choices, and possibly most importantly, not feeling as overwhelmed as before the session. I felt more powerful, more in control of my own life. I could see a huge difference in my thoughts about my own self-worth. Listening to the recording of the session for 30 days after the session helped boost my confidence and was something I looked forward to. I started hearing her voice encouraging me throughout the day! I lost 5 pounds that first month. I have since been able to go into an online group that supports weight loss through better control of thoughts, a lot of thoughts of which Ryoko made me aware, and I’m down 14.5 lbs in 2.5 months. I haven’t been at this weight since 2008! I do attribute my readiness for this to the session with Ryoko. I needed to prepare the way with some close examination of what my thoughts about food had been since childhood. This needed to be done in a deep state of hypnosis in order to get this ball rolling. So glad I did! - CW (Type 1 Diabetic since 1989), 2019
The greatest surprise was that my head could fully turn from side to side freely, without strain or pain!
I am so grateful for the evening of Svaroopa Yoga Therapy with Ryoko Suzuki that I received this week. This was my first visit with Svaroopa Yoga and with Ryoko, and the timing was spot on. Ryoko welcomed me into her beautiful studio and introduced me to the other person signed up for the class. I enjoyed the small group setting, and Ryoko made us both feel relaxed and friendly. I had heard wonderful things about Ryoko, and hearing from her explain her
life path, training, experience, and joy of sharing her work instilled even more trust in the process that I was embarking on.
After taking time to familiarize and access my body and needs, Ryoko had me lay down to relax on carefully placed blankets and pillows.
I was asked to turn my head slowly to each side to check for stiffness and range of motion. Then Ryoko began her work of gently placing and adjusting
my body into position. As I remained totally relaxed, she would lift my legs and bend my knees, touch my feet, and hip. She applied light pressure from time to time, always checking to avoid pain or discomfort. I was impressed that there was no straining, tugging or discomfort.
After she was finished, I could feel the circulation in my legs flowing. My hips moved more freely. My shoulders no longer felt tense.
Perhaps the greatest surprise was that my head could fully turn from side to side freely, without strain or pain. I was astonished since Ryoko hadn't touched my head or neck at all. I felt great. That night I slept well, but shorter than usual. I awoke feeling rested and refreshed.
Before moving, I gingerly started to move parts of my body, half anticipating stiffness. To my surprise, I just felt really good. No pain, no stiffness.
The session with Ryoko took place on Tuesday evening. Today is Friday, the lovely effects of the session have lasted, but I can feel my body starting to need another session to reinforce the new way to being.
Before leaving the studio on Tuesday evening, Ryoko told me that it is ideal to schedule 3 follow-up sessions soon after the initial treatment. This is where her knowledge and experience helps to guide me and listen to my body. My body is telling me that she knows what she is doing, and to trust her.
I have searched for a long time. Now, I feel so happy to have found a kind and gentler path to better being.
This is my story, and I hope it brings light to you, too.
Nickie, Nashville, TN 2019 (FREE INTRO to YOGA THERAPY CLINIC)
I am feeling beautifully calm!
I have met many loving, spiritual, and knowledgable people on my journey to optimal health and Ryoko is one of the most amazing. I have overcome so much anxiety and many health issues in the past year, but I felt like there was a block that I just needed help getting over. I participated in 3 IHTT sessions with Ryoko, and learned how to concentrate on my regular breath, 4 poses to release tension in the deepest layers of the spine, and integrated therapy. Each session was very light, gentle, and calm. By the end I had more movement in my neck, less pain near my shoulder blade, and a sense of lightness in my body. I was amazed to feel energy moving through my body unimpeded.The beauty in the therapy Ryoko does lies in its gentle effectiveness. Ryoko is a teacher to be treasured and I look forward to my RTT session with her.
Collette P. Franklin, TN 2019
No more Chiropractic adjustments & my back has not felt this good in over 25 years!
Svaroopa yoga with Ryoko has dramatically improved my physical wellbeing! I was an athlete throughout my childhood and into college – football and track and field – and as a result, I sustained several sports-related injuries. The most severe of these was in the ninth grade when I was hauled off the football field on a backboard, having suffered a spinal compression injury. At the age of 15, I started chiropractic treatment for chronic back pain, almost monthly, for roughly 25 years. With age, chiropractic seemed less-and-less effective, so I started looking for alternatives. Thank goodness I found Ryoko! I started attending Svaroopa yoga with Ryoko in my early 40s, and I have not visited the chiropractor for nearly two years now! Unlike some forms of yoga, Ryoko’s practice is gentle and supportive, which allows me to relax into the poses rather than forcibly “stretching” into them. This approach provides a deeper and more prolonged “opening” that has benefitted me greatly. Sometimes my joints sound like 100 mousetraps being set off, but it happens gently and naturally, having a better effect than chiropractic manipulation ever did. In addition to the yoga practice itself, I chose to come to Ryoko’s studio because she has an athletics/sports medicine background. She understands the standard, “mainstream” athletic training and physical therapy approaches to injury prevention and rehab, which appeals to my competitive athletic sensibilities, yet she seamlessly blends them with the mind/body concepts of yoga. My back has not felt this good in over 25 years, and it is amazing how my mind has also felt clearer since I am not mentally preoccupied with the chronic pain that had dogged my life for so long. I cannot recommend Ryoko’s teaching and Svaroopa yoga highly enough! If you try it, you WILL be hooked!
Kurt, Nashville TN 2019
Testimonial from RTT session for Chronic Pain & Fatigue:
I recently tried RTT with Ryoko because I have had chronic pain and fatigue from lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and a car accident for over a decade. I had pain in most of my joints that was relieved partially by Integrated Healing Yoga Therapy, Svaroopa yoga, and medications, but the pain in my left shoulder persisted through every treatment I tried. I have also had problems sleeping for my entire life. The RTT session immediately put me into a deeply relaxed state and helped me to discover when and why my health problems started. It uncovered emotions that I did not know I had been holding onto for a long time. During the session, my left shoulder felt pain free for the first time in 11 years. Immediately after the session, I felt like a great burden had been lifted from me, and I felt a sense of freedom. Since the RTT session, and with daily listening to my personalized self-hypnosis recording, my pain levels have been lower than they have ever been since I was diagnosed with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. The RTT session and recording have taught me to relax my shoulders in a way I have never been able to previously. Listening to my recording every night before bed has helped me to relax and fall asleep more easily while teaching me that I have the ability to heal myself and relieve my own pain. I would highly recommend RTT to anyone with chronic pain, chronic illness, anxiety, or sleeping problems, who is ready to learn how to heal themselves.
Whitney, Nashville TN 2019
Discover a serene place amidst the turbulence and my neck pain is gone!
I have a high stress job, and have had difficulty being present for my family and friends outside of work. My wife had been encouraging me to visit with Ryoko for some private yoga healing lessons, which initially I scoffed at. Finally, when I found myself in a difficult place emotionally, I made an appointment. Ryoko has helped me find a serene place amidst the turbulence in my life. With her help, I’ve gained a greater ability to reflect on myself, and accept the parts of myself that I had found a terrible challenge to tolerate. Also, my neck pain is gone! Ryoko is the best. ~ Nathaniel, Nashville TN 2018
Testimonial from "Setting Up Yourself for Successful Cornea Transplant" Self-hypnosis Recording:
The recording was very helpful in cementing the positive attitude I needed to go into this second eye surgery. I feel that I had established a positive attitude prior to receiving the recording, but I also find that it would have been difficult to maintain this attitude without some help and Ryoko provided just what I needed to maintain the positive attitude. Listening to the tape prior to the surgery and for 21 days after surgery really helped me to maintain that positive attitude about this second cornea that I received will be and was the right one for me.
The differences in my healing process from one surgery to the other was remarkable. The healing process for the first surgery took over 3 months to just get to a point that I was able to drive just during daylight hours and only in familiar places. I went through at least 2 rebubbles trying to get the cornea to lay flat onto my eyeball. Because it did not lay flat, my eyesight was distorted and I never got to a point that I could even read a good book, which I missed terribly. The healing process for the second surgery with the recording was nothing short of a miracle. Within one week, my eyesight was as good as it was after 3 1/2 months with the first cornea transplant. My eyesight continues to improve every day and I expect I will be at my optimal eyesight within 3 months.
I would recommend this type of recording to anyone who needs that extra boost in maintaining a healthy positive attitude, not only for a surgery but it could relate to many aspects in ones life.Thanks again for recording this tape for me. - Barbara C. 2018
Great spontaneous releases & increased pranic flow!
I have been surprisingly aware of my stance when standing and have had some great spontaneous releases by adjusting my feet and posture.
My lower back and spine feel different to the touch. Not as knotted up as before and articulated differently.
I had an amazing Magic Four session last night! I had a strong sense of energy and release along with ears ringing (in a weird but good way), lots of popping in my sinuses and all the way to the top of my head. Waves of joy/sadness/joy. All of these are just sensations but appeared to be the result of increased pranic flow, better alignment and perhaps an increased sense of hope about how life can be with these practices!
Excited to be working with it. Thank you so much for the guidance and support!
~ Nick, Nashville TN 2018
The best possible version of myself!
I have recommended Ryoko classes and private sessions for years. She is absolutely amazing. Every session leaves me walking away as the best possible version of myself in that moment. You must try her classes or even better a private session!
~ Amanda, Nashville TN 2018
Almost all of my anxiety of eight years completely melting away!
I'll be honest, I didn't totally understand what I was getting into when I signed up for Ryoko's private session and then later group classes. I just knew there was a better way to feel and heal. After three short sessions, I felt the greatest sense of peace and calm, with almost all of my anxiety of eight years completely melting away. I know I have to put in the work to continue to enjoy the benefits, but with Ryoko as my guide, I'm literally in good hands.
~ Kristy B., Nashville TN 2017
Opening up my body is possible & no turning back!
Getting my hands dirty, smelling and feeling the earth between my fingers has been part of me since a little girl. I love to garden. I have not been able to garden very much for the past 2 years and felt sad. Taking Svaroopa® Yoga with Ryoko has made be able to bend down and kiss the earth again...With a sprinkle of determination, daily home practice, group and private classes with Ryoko has shown me that opening up my body is possible. There's no turning back for me as I love to bathe in this new knowledge. Thank you. I'm smiling a lot more these days.
~ Diane, Nashville TN 2017
The Power of Essential Oils
Last night, I treated my mom with a chest rub essential oil blend that you gave me, and she seems almost totally well this morning--very little coughing!
Thank you you for teaching me what to do yesterday! ~ Judith, Nashville TN 2017
My map has brought me to Ryoko, and I have found my nest!
The road to my awakening has had many zigzags...The good and bad roads led me to where I am today. Many years ago I became quite ill and I could not find anyone that understood my symptoms, but were quick to prescribe pills. The frustration made me seek alternative medicine options. Along this journey I have met extraordinary people that have helped me. I used to have severe panic attacks. They are gone. I believe that when one is ready to listen to your inner guides, a map with choices will reveal itself to you. My map has brought me to Ryoko, and it was like finding a treasure along my way to my destination. I love the gentle & supportive Svaroopa® yoga practice. I have not been practicing for very long, but I can already feel positive differences in my body. My body has been closed for a long time. I practice the 4 movements (Magic 4 - The 4 most fundamental poses of Svaroopa® yoga) on a regular basis and have started meditating. It has and is changing my life. I feel surrounded by beautiful people who are coming together for the same purpose of balance. I feel I have found my nest. Thank you and looking forward in soaking into more positive energy. - Diane S, Nashville TN 2017
Ryoko's Meditation CD helped with my anxiety!
I just wanted to tell you how much I'm enjoying your meditation & chanting cd. I have track 3 on repeat during my Svaroopa yoga practice at home, and the guided meditations have helped with my anxiety. I wish I had bought it sooner- would have been so nice to have your gentle voice on hand when I had to travel a lot for my work last year. I'm grateful for your healing spirit, Ryoko! - Sarah, Nashville TN 2017
Ryoko's Meditation CD helped immensely - Focused & Relaxed on the Road!
I am a professional musician who travels quite a bit. Being on the road can be stressful and hard on ones nervous system. I personally go through periods of feeling anxious and unsettled before having to play a show. A close friend gave me Ryoko Suzuki's C.D. "Chakra Healing Meditation" and suggested that I try using it. I have never meditated in any capacity before and was really surprised at how great this made me feel. I just finished a 2 week run of shows on the road and used the c.d. everyday. It helped immensely. I felt focused and relaxed.... it was like hitting a restart button. I highly recommend Chakra Healing Meditation by Ryoko Suzuki to anyone. - Pete Abbott, Nashville TN 2016
I contacted Ryoko and now my life has changed!
I was born with a sever pelvic tilt, as was my mom. 13 years ago, at the age of 37, I began to experience high levels of pain, due to decreased exercise and the general stress of life, and decided to try a pain management clinic. After accelerating to high amounts of pain medication, allergy, sinus and migraine meds, I was declining quickly! After a bout with the flu, 21 days ago, my body began rejecting all medications and at that point, I made the life-altering decision to get healthy! I contacted Ryoko and now my life has changed. Thanks to the careful instruction and mindful attention of Ryoko, I have lost 21 lbs in 21 days. I am experiencing much better relaxation and sleep due to the spinal release experienced through Svaroopa yoga! I am looking forward to 50 soon with a whole new clarity! - Karen C, Nashville TN
ZERO numbness & better posture
I have been doing the four Svaroopa® yoga poses that you taught me daily... I have had ZERO numbness & I am having a noticeable better posture. You are awesome! Thank you! - David Williford, Saxophonist, Nashville TN 2016
Svaroopa Yoga Works!
Physically I'm feeling much better. I sleep in a position I learned from you, and am more aware of my body when it starts to feel stressed, and have learned to take the time to do some poses. It works! I'm joyfully helping my daughter with her 2 toddlers and a newborn. - Suzzane, Nashville TN 2016
Weekend Retreat was AMAZING!
Lots of progress in my practicing since. Even better I went back to work on Monday and I was looking at things in a whole new light. I can't explain it except to say more acceptance and less rushing about trying to do everything at once! - Jennifer, Nashville TN 2016
The subtleness and simplicity of Svaroopa yoga! - No force to be more flexible & gain freedom from the pain of stiff joints.
The poses are very subtle yet the benefits are immediate and the simplicity is amazing. It took some time for my mind to accept that I did not need to force my body to be more flexible but just the opposite. The reward has been gaining freedom from the pain of stiff joints. I feel the growing quietness of my body gradually moving into my brain (perhaps the stiffest joint of all :-)
Thanks, Ryoko!" - Jennifer, Nashville TN 2015
Ryoko's Meditation & Chanting CD has been helping my panic attach at night!
"If any of you peeps need some meditation music, I highly recommend Ryoko's Meditation & Chanting CD. Some nights when I'm trying to fight off a panic attack, I put in my ear buds and turn this on. It's amazing how much it has helped me with my anxiety. I'm so proud of my beautiful friend Ryoko for being able to share her gift." - Gina Holt, Knoxville TN 2015
Powerful Effect & Profound Impact!
I wanted to thank you for your work and for finding a great way of sharing your knowledge with others. I've enjoyed using your guided meditations over the last couple months and wanted to share some for my experiences with you.
Prior to the CD, my experience with meditation was just simple mindful meditations (focusing on breath and external stimulants, examining thoughts that came into my mind, letting them go ad returning to the breath). I felt like this has helped me understand my thoughts and emotions better and with more complexity for example that anger can often come from or include feelings like fear, jealousy or sense of inadequacy. While I find so great about your guided meditations is that it gives you the ability to shape and exercise more control over your thoughts, feelings, and emotions in a way tat brings joy and mental clarity.
The first time I did the Chakra Healing meditation with the spoken phrases, I got to the point of speaking and could't make myself do it. As it went further along, I was eventually able to murmur the words a bit. I could have never imagined that simply repeating these phrases with meaning and intention would have such a powerful effect over me.
With practice, I improved to speaking the words confidently, but I'm still amazed at how bringing these thoughts and ideas to words and reaffirming things like "I let go" and "I say what I need t say to those I need to say it" can really have a profound impact. THANK YOU!!! - Jon, Mission KS 2015
Happiness filled me up! ~ The journey of self-discovery
I've been practicing Svaroopa yoga with Ryoko for a couple months and I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised by all the benefits I've been experiencing. At first I was skeptical that it would help me (allergies, anxiety, muscle tension) but now I practice Svaroopa yoga almost every day. Some of the biggest improvements for me have been a calmer state of mind, being aware of the different muscles in my body, and the journey of self-discovery. A few days ago I experienced such an unexpected surge of joy coming from inside me after doing one of the poses. Happiness filled me up and I actually laughed out loud! And the feeling kept going and going. This isn't the sort of ordinary happiness I get from say, greeting my dogs when I come home. This happiness is better described as bliss. The usual flurry of thoughts running through my head was replaced with a simple warm feeling of comfort and joy. Many thanks to Ryoko and the subtle power of Svaroopa yoga. I look forward to seeing where it takes me next! - KM, Nashville TN 2015
Ryoko is a game changer - "Power of Vichara & Breathing!"
I am a mother of 5 and I have lost myself. The crazy, raging, anxiety-ridden person I had become was not who I wanted to be.
I had been to my Dr. who told me it was postpartum anxiety. He told me to take "this" drug for depression and "that" drug for anxiety. I was not willing to put these drugs in my body if I could help it, so there goes my researching for a better way.
And there she was, Ryoko!
The first visit was all about breathing... I was introduced to Svaroopa® Yoga's Healing Breathing practice. When I left my first session with Ryoko, I felt as if an immense pressure, which I didn't even realize I had had, was lifted. In the next session, Ryoko guided me through "Vichara Therapy" and "Easy breathing" practice (a mix of some sound guidance along with breathing). I noticed I was breathing with just the top half of my lungs, and Ryoko has taught me to use all of my lungs.
I noticed that my relationship with my daughter was growing stronger. My husband and mom noticed I now spoke in a way of kindness and sense of security. I found out that when you lose yourself, everyone loses. Ryoko is a game changer. I am beyond amazed by her and will be forever grateful!
- Crystal Lee, Nashville TN 2015
I fell down a hill while hiking and hurt my wrist while bracing my body. Two months later I had the same pain and it interfered with my yoga practice and life in general. I mentioned it to Ryoko (thought it had been sprained) and she asked to take a look. Well, something had slipped out of place. I didn’t want to go to the orthopedist so I had a couple of sessions with her. After one session it was 50% better by day 2 and by the 3rd session, the pain was gone and I could bend my wrist again. So much better than going to the doctor because of the mental healing as well. I just started to have her work on neuromas in my feet (also interferes with hiking). However, this time I have full expectations of healing! - BAZ, Nashville TN 2015
No more insomnia & no more sleeping pills!:
I was able to sleep so well with the essential oils that you suggested for me. I have been listening to your meditation & chanting CD every night as I go to sleep. It's miracle!!!! I had dealt with difficulty falling asleep my whole life, and I thought I had to take my sleeping pills for the rest of my life. Since it changed so easily, a half of my stress has been gone too. At night, I decided not to be on the computer. Thank you again for everything.
- K, Knoxville TN 2015
Ryoko and Svaroopa Yoga has given me my life back – in 2 weeks with no chemicals:
I am 63 and have always been blessed with great health, family and life. About 4 years ago, I began experiencing fatigue and pain. 2 years ago, as my symptoms worsened, my Vanderbilt Internist had me do a sleep study, which showed ‘slight sleep apnea’ and about $1,000 later I started using a CPAP while sleeping which had no effect on my symptoms. I was tested and retested with all negative results, everything was normal. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and prescribed Cymbalta 120 mg. There was no improvement in my fatigue and pain, only added horrible side effects, the worst being a total complacent state of mind. I was also prescribed Tramadol for pain along with Tylenol and ibupropen.
My fatigue and pain level continued to escalate to the point where every movement resulted in more pain and more exhaustion, like a bad case of the flu, but you don’t get over it. I went to a Vanderbilt Orthopedist a year ago to be sure my hip pain was not a bad joint. My hip joints were perfect and he diagnosed ‘hip bursitis’. After 8 weeks of therapy and another $1200, the hip pain was improved but returned shortly after the therapy stopped. My last hope was to see a nationally recognized Rheumatologist at Vanderbilt. He looked me in the eye and confirmed that I had Fibromyalgia. He said they do not know what causes it and there is no cure. The only thing he could do for me would be to throw prescriptions at it that would attempt to manage the symptoms. I had just gotten off the Cymbalta and didn’t want anything else to do with pharmaceuticals. A former Doctor had recommended I look into Svaroopa Yoga.
I came home from the Rheumatologist and researched the internet and discovered Ryoko! That was 15 days ago. I am taking no prescriptions and I haven’t taken even a Tylenol in over a week. I am sleeping like a baby (no CPAP). I have ZERO pain, (from a 6-7 range to Zero!!) and tremendous improvement in flexibility and range of motion. My energy level is restored to normal and I can’t wait to get up and get on with my life every day. All this is after 3 Svaroopa Yoga classes and 7 private yoga therapy sessions with Ryoko and my own daily practice at home. A session with Ryoko (fully clothed and effortless) feels like getting a massage, acupuncture, physical therapy and yoga all at the same time. I can’t explain it, I only know Ryoko and Svaroopa Yoga have given me my life back – in 2 weeks with no chemicals.
Four days ago I had a follow up appointment with my Vanderbilt Internist. When I shared the story of my prior 10 days, in tears she said she was so thrilled to hear this, that she fully supported ‘alternative’ treatment and that she would be referring some of her patients to this practice. Svaroopa is now a part of my life. With the promise of infinite results, physically and mentally, I will continue my practice for the rest of my life and will eternally be grateful to Ryoko. - Claudia Davis, Goodlettsville TN 2015
More energy and Less anxiety:
I am still feeling much better and much more open. I have also had more energy and less anxiety since our session. I am still practicing the breathing as well. Thank you!!! - Shane C, Nashville TN 2015
The first time in a long time that I had no pain!:
I just wanted to let you know I've been battling with shoulder pain for months now. Even went to physical therapy for it and it never really felt better. Last night after class was the first time in a long time that I had no pain. And still no pain this morning. Just amazing!!!! Thank you so much!!!
- Heather Hartsog-Moore, Antioch TN 2015
Svaroopa Yoga magic - The deepest & most restful sleep I've had in years!:
For about three years, I've suffered with an anxiety disorder that causes a variety of physical symptoms that are difficult to treat with pharmaceuticals, specifically two drugs I take that stay in the system with side effects that can be more bothersome than the pain they are meant to relieve. I met Ryoko some time ago, but had never experienced her Svaroopa Yoga magic, even after several friends had told me amazing stories about their own experiences with her. Determined to get myself straightened out without camping out at the pharmacy, I finally made an appointment. Bluntly, I am astounded at the sense of well-being I got from the very first session. Because I had no pain, the second session focused solely on the mind. Feeling relaxed but not at all fatigued or sleepy, I went home, did some work in the studio, and sat down on my bed to answer some Email. The next thing I knew, I was waking up after two or three hours of the deepest, most restful sleep I've had in years. Daily breathing exercises and another session or two with Ryoko have allowed me to drop one drug and I think the next one is about to disappear soon. It may not be magic, but it sure does feel like it. - Green, Nashville TN
My new yoga path with "Release and Support of the spine":
Ryoko is an old soul in young spirit. She displays an amazing amount of patience that only comes with wisdom. When I joined Ryoko, my path in yoga suddenly changed. After +15 years of yoga, primarily with Hatha, with a little Ashtanga, Kundalini, etc. I had to unlearn my old ways. Svaroopa is unlike anything I have seen before. Everything is based on release and support of the spine. There are no exaggerated asanas, no extraordinary poses. Svaroopa is very gentile. It took me awhile to get the gist of things, but I am finally starting my way down this new path. I have a long way to go, but it’s something I happily look forward to. - Beth, Nashville TN
"Changed my life forever" - Energetic body works with physical body:
I started doing private yoga sessions with Ryoko in the Spring of 2011. I had a 15-month old boy and a rotater cuff that had torn one night soon after his birth as I tried to prop myself up quickly post-C-section on the sofa. I waited a year before seeing anyone about it, and I started at the chiropractor, who could only pop my bones back in place and put me through very painful reps that didn't seem to help one bit with regaining any movement in my frozen shoulder. I decided to go another route, and I'm so glad I did.
One huge lesson I've learned in the past year: we have a physical body, as we all know, but the energetic body is just as real, and it works together with the physical. If one is off balance, so is the other.
The first visit with Ryoko in the Spring of 2011 was amazing. As she was touching my lower left spinal area, I felt energy rush into my legs, up my left torso, into my left arm and up the left half of my head, where I in fact felt a popping sensation. She asked me what I was aware of before she moved on to the other side, and it felt like that half of my body was relaxed and the other half was eager to have the same procedure done to it! After that first session, and for the sessions in the following few weeks, as my body adjusted to having all that energy moving around inside instead of being blocked.
Ryoko taught me how to do the Ujjayi breathing exercise and the "magic 4" (very gentle yoga poses) to do every day. I was resistant at first to incorporate them into a daily schedule, as I've never been the kind of person to do anything on a regular basis, but I soon realized that she was opening me up energetically in the sessions, and I was keeping myself open at home by doing the breathing and yoga on my own.
The first gig I had was on the Friday following my first session (that previous Tuesday). Ryoko had told me that my performing might be affected positively as a result of having the opening. I was shocked when people came up to me after that Friday's performance and said that they didn't know what was different, but I sounded amazing and even better than before. I don't know what it is either, but my husband, also a musician, told me it sounds like I'm more in tune with the delivery of the song, less hesitant to sing out, taking more chances with improvising on the melody, etc.
I continued with frequent sessions with her throughout that summer and into the fall. I felt heat coming from my ears as she released my lower spine and subsequently released the muscles all the way up and down my body. The shoulder was still hurting, but I could feel things loosening up. I knew not to expect a quick fix, since the damage had been done so long ago. Halfway through the summer I remember three sessions in a row in which I experienced severe pain in my shoulder as she was working on me. It felt like the energy was pushing extremely hard to break through whatever scar tissue had built up there so that it could get through to the arm. I remember crying from the pain during those 3 sessions, but I knew it was working. And then it finally did break through, and that time I felt the energy rush into my arm as if it had been asleep this whole time, and it finally felt alive again, warm and tingly. I was so happy!
Speaking of being happy, my husband started sessions with Ryoko at some point during that summer. He had experienced a huge amount of stress in that past year with the death of his grandfather, and then the sudden death of his father, the birth of our son, a move that failed to happen, and the huge flood that happened in Nashville that May, which seriously affected our basement/music studio. After his first sessions with Ryoko, I felt him coming back to the person he had been before all that happened. And I realized that I was feeling happier and was most likely coming out of some post-partum depression that I hadn't really been aware of.
Later that fall, I stopped doing my breathing practice for a few weeks while we had a house guest. I guess I thought it would be OK to ease off a little. My body didn't like it, and the muscles in my lower left back seized up and would not let go. I was in intense and constant pain for 2 weeks. I tried everything I knew to do, including heat, patches, stretching, hot showers... nothing worked. I finally went to the ER in tears on the way back home from a car trip, and all they could do was rule out any infections and then give me pills. Back to Ryoko! I had a one-hour session on Monday and another on Tuesday, and it was fine after that. Seriously.
Perhaps the most boggling effect from all the sessions was revealed when I went to my annual eye exam. I've been a Type 1 Diabetic since the age of 16 (am currently 38), and by this point it's very common for the doctor to notice little changes going on in the back of my eyes due to elevated blood sugar levels over such a long period of time. It has never been anything serious, but it has been something he has commented on every time I've seen him over the past 10 years. Sometime in the fall of 2011, after months of intense sessions with Ryoko, I had my eye exam during which they dilate my eyes and take a very thorough look at the retinal walls and the tiny capillaries. This time my doctor sat back, perplexed, and said, "I can't even tell you're a diabetic." Score! I wish I could say it was possibly a result of better blood sugar control, but it was not.
Also in the fall of 2011, I took Ryoko's 3-week course on how to meditate. I had been into meditation off and on, but I never got much from whatever I was doing (usually just noticing the breath, doing guided meditations, etc) more than a general feeling of relaxation, which is, of course, helpful. The first of the 3 meetings, when we meditated, I felt such intense JOY! I couldn't stop smiling, and my body started rocking back and forth on its own for a few minutes. After meditating this way every day for a few weeks, I stopped rocking but noticed I had lots more energy during the day and didn't want to fall asleep so early in the evening. I have had very interesting visions during meditations, and it's as if I finally have a good sense of who I really am, who we all really are.
It's been a mind-opening year with Ryoko. The breathing, the gentle and simple yoga poses and the meditation, all done together on a regular basis, have changed my life forever. I've come to relish the time I spend recharging my batteries every day, which is usually about an hour. I am so grateful to Ryoko and her teachers and their teachers before them. - Christina, Nashville TN
My structure is supported and straighter!:
I am working on walking correctly and am feeling my hamstrings half the time! The workshop gave me the answers I was looking for…as my feet and back have been impacted by my incorrect gait.
I felt being introduced to the Warrior pose for a second time really made a difference in the way I stand and carry myself. I can see with the spinal alignment and engaged abdominals that my structure is supported and straighter! I have been practicing the spinal alignment as I walk.Thank you so much for the healing process! - Catarina, Nashville TN
Pain-free bliss with Svaroopa® Yoga Therapy :
In Feb. 2011, after excruciating pain-filled days and nights an MRI revealed bulging lumbar discs 1, 2, 3, 4. At 56, I was ready to jump off a cliff I was so hurting and despondent. I had western meds, chiropractic, e-stim, and massage. My back had settled down but the supporting musculature was in such bad shape I could not rest at night without pain. I laid on the hardwood studio floor at my appointment with you thinking "this little woman won't be able to help me get up!" I left a little over an hour later refreshed in mind and spirit and pain-free bliss. The following weekend I put 28,000 steps on my pedometer. The weekend after that I doubled it. Oh, and I am doing my Svaroopa breathing daily! I look forward to my next magical session with you. - Hugs, Paula in Knoxville, TN
No more slumping forward after my first class:
I felt so relaxed and peaceful after my first class with you on Saturday. The day after my class, I began to notice that my shoulders fell naturally into place and I am not slumping forward. I've felt that I have had to consciously hold them back, but it just happens now. Wow! Thank you so much. I am so happy I found I you! I feel more peaceful knowing you will be there to guide me in my healing process. I have experienced so much pain for so many years, but this is MY year to change that! Thank you for everything you do. Thank you for sending Ujjayi & the Magic four daily practice handouts and helping me with my practice at home. - Much love, Diane in Nashville, TN
A real transformation of the mind, body and spirit:
I feel so grateful for the path that lead me to your Savroopa® yoga class. You have opened up a whole new world for me. The piece of the puzzle I've needed... for SO long. A real transformation of the mind, body and spirit have began to take place and I look forward to the future and learning so much more. Thank you for your teachings, your wonderful class and the amazing one on one sessions. I'am so glad we met, it's been such a pleasure getting to know you.
- Love, Deana in Nashville, TN
Amazing Physical and Emotional Benefits with Svaroopa® Yoga:
I came to Svaroopa® yoga because I was looking for a practice that would support and foster a greater sense of wellness and well-being, and help me cope with the stresses I find in my life. Within just a few weeks of learning and practicing Svaroopa® yoga under Ryoko's adept guidance, I feel more balanced and centered than I ever have before. While the physical benefits are amazing - reduced tension in my neck and shoulders, more strength and opening in my back muscles (which has helped to improve other asanas in my yoga practice) - the most profound benefits for me have been a great and lasting sense of peace, confidence, and inner awareness that I've not previously experienced. This is the divine awakening I've been striving for! - Lauren Almquist in Knoxville, TN
Suzuki's expertise "Best of Both Worlds":
Ryoko brings the best of both Western and Eastern medicines to focus on the integrated healing of body and mind. Her professional goal is addressing the underlying causes of an illness by activating the body's inner wisdom and healing response
- Mary Roberson, PhD, The owner of the Ayurveda Center, in Oak Ridge TN
No more pain medication!:
I was very amazed how much release which I received after my first embodymet therapy session with Ryoko. I felt so open and tall as well as very grounded. When I bent over, my fingers touched ground for the first time in my life! The most surprising result was.... I do not need any more pain medication during my period! YEYYYY. Thank you, Ryoko!! - Yuko in Japan
I visited Ryoko after a couple of years of searching to replace my Rolfer who moved. I have had a severe spinal injury, resulting in fusions from the back of my head all the way down the cervical spine. Needless to say, I have a LOT of issues. Ryoko's gentle form was just what I needed. It opened up my neck, allowing my shoulders and back to also release. I'm still feeling great 3 days later, and that says a great deal. She's kind and eager to help, as well. I will definitely make Ryoko a regular part of my injury management! - Elizabeth Albright in Powell, TN
Pain free days!!!:
Ryoko has healing energy. Since joining her classes three weeks ago I have experienced pain free days for the first time in over a year. She has an intimate understanding of the human body and guides her students through each pose with hands on positioning for maximum benefit. Ryoko is truly gifted in massage as well. My children have commented that I am smiling again. Thank you, Ryoko for giving me my life back! - Kimberly Chamberlin in Knoxville, TN
Svaroopa® yoga is very subtle:
The first time I participated in Ryoko's class, I was in a pose thinking what is this supposed to accomplish... by the end of the hour and 15 minutes, I had no doubt! The muscles in my lower back and neck were much more relaxed. Unlike many other fitness classes you may have taken, you never have to wonder if you are holding the poses correctly. Ryoko corrects poses throughout class so that you obtain the best release possible. Support equals release... Ryoko (and the props) provide all the support you will need! - Alisa M. in Knoxville, TN
Big changes in my life:
The results I achieved with Svaroopa® yoga surprised me. I expected to feel a little better, stronger and be more limber, and what I obtained with Ryoko’s guidance was all of the above, plus joy, serenity and a profound sense of wellbeing. Her teaching style is attentive and compassionate. Ryoko has made a profound impact on my life. - M. Patrick in Knoxville, TN
It's so GOOOOD!:
My husband and I had been suffering from low back pain and insomnia in addition to my chronic shoulder stiffness and pain. We decided to go to see Ryoko. After we came back from our sessions with Ryoko in morning, both of us had to take a nap in that afternoon. I never took a nap before during day even I didn't get any sleep at night before. I believe our bodies were finally able to let go and relax ("finally started listening to what we really need") after Ryoko was able to release the deep tension held in our bodies. Before I was relying on sleeping pills every night, now I even don't have to take any pills to sleep at night. I started taking Qigong lessons from Ryoko too. I believe Qigong is helping me to have nice sleep too, and I have not had any low back pain since the last bodywork session with Ryoko. I am really happy! THANK YOUUUU!!! - Kikue Yamada in Knoxville, TN
Power of Magic Four:
It has been three weeks now and most of the pain I was experiencing has gone since you taught me the Magic Four practice. I have twinges and try to be careful but this is the longest period that I have felt this strong for well over a year. All is a lesson learned but today I feel a lot more hope that I am going to get completely healed ... always need to be careful and I know I will feel pain again but ... I have a way out. Thank Ryoko for all of her help. She is an inspiration ..... so much love and so much kindness. - H.S. in Charlotte, NC
Svaroopa Yoga Releases Deep Tension:
From years of being hunched over a computer, my back is tight and sore. I really enjoy svaroopa yoga with Ryoko because I feel that it helps release tension deep within my back, helps improve my alignment, and increases my mobility (especially in my neck). Ryoko is a great teacher. She does a really good job explaining and demonstrating the positions and then comes around and makes sure that we are doing them correctly. I especially enjoy when she gives hands on adjustment on me to intensify the experience. I would highly recommend her svaroopa series! - Liz in Knoxville, TN
Bodywork by RYOKO:
I have had a lot of bodywork done over the years but I have NEVER had anyone who does such wonderful work as Ryoko. She is the best I have ever been to. If you want the best you can find, look no further...you just found her! - jeff coffin in Nashville, TN
RYOKO THE ENERGY PRACTITIONER:
I had the pleasure of study'n several massage and energy modalities along with Ryoko in 2005. At that time she was already well versed in a miriad of eastern spiritual heal'n practices. I judge she is more than qualified to practice her heal'n craft. We've trained together (pilates) so as a personal trainer I experienced her as very caring but firm while always offering support and encouragement during difficult sessions. I judge she is a very large cut above other PRACTITIONERS because she lives all of her moments in a spirit place and I know her path will always reflect her truth around wholeness and wellness:<)!!!!!!! GO GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - GREGORY BLAINE in Chapel Hill, NC
Comments from my students after Svaroopa® Yoga classes..
" After taking two classes, my leg pains have been gone surprisingly!!!! THANKS!!!!"
"My body feels so much looser and free of tension. I was just telling a friend how beneficial it is. Thank you!"
"I absolutely loved your class! Just attending one has helped my stress levels immensely. Looking forward to next week!"
"I never felt this happy!"
"I never felt this relaxed..."
"Feels like I am getting CranioSacral Therapy...."
"Now I am very aware of my spine & posture while I am doing yard work,... I am able to correct it!"
"I feel much stronger, and feel core-strength after practicing Svaroopa yoga... I realized I no longer need sweat gym exercises!"
"I could not wait to come back to class.... I just kept smiling after my first class! :)"
"My neck range of motion improved with just one class!"
"After my first class, I felt a shift physically and emotionally and I am so grateful for it. I would like to stay with this shift and commit to having svaroopa yoga be apart of my life."
"I have been difficulty sleeping for a long time. I slept so well after I attended your workshop - Back Care Yoga 101. Thanks!"
"I absolutely loved your class! Just attending one has helped my stress levels immensely!"
"Ryoko immediately made me feel comfortable, and was very considerate to my health needs!" - by Marti M. 2016
"After my 1st class, I felt like a million dollars!!!"
Comments from my clients after yoga therapy sessions...
"I still feel an inch taller."
"I feel like a new person after my session! YAY!"
"So peaceful and happy.... I haven't feel this for a long time"
"I don't feel any pain."
"I feel so open. I felt my skull opened up too!"
"I can touch the floor for the first time!"
"My shoulder blades have much more freedom."
"Gentle yet so powerful..."
"More space! I am feeling more energy along my spine..."
"Feel so clear & no blockages in my body..."
"My shoulder blades continue sinking & releasing...."
Other miracle stories from other Svaroopi...
Svaroopa® Yoga Increases Bone Density!: Last year I was diagnosed with severe osteoporosis at the hip joint. I've been doing Svaroopa for almost three years now. No Boniva, Fosamax etc. Have been taking calcium supplement for 10 years....... This year's bone density shows I now have osteopenia and am NOT at high risk for fractures! This stuff works!
A student of mine had her bone density repeated after a year of home daily practice of Svaroopa and her bone density increased by 4.3%......no supplements, no Boniva, no Fosamax...etc....etc...!! This stuff works!
- Namaste, denise
Healing from Stress: I was disabled from stress after going through an intense year of finishing my Masters in Social Work with two evening classes a week and a 24 hour internship on weekends working at an in-patient Hospice unit - all while I was Director for a Human Service Agency for 40+ hours. Despite massage, chiropractic, and acupuncture interventions monthly, every old injury such as tennis elbow, knee issues, and mental burnout prevailed by completion in May. A friend offered me a weekend 3-day Yoga Retreat to help me relax - and I found Svaroopa® yoga!! Many of my stress injuries disappeared after one blissful weekend and restored a sense of calmness that allowed me to function again in the world. I signed up immediately for weekly classes and continued healing.
Until I decided I was young a year later (I was 58 at the time) and took up hiking in Alaska. I injured both ankles and could hardly walk - tried Physical Therapy and Foot Doctor for next six months - as my yoga teacher kindly offered that when I was ready to try Embodyment® and Svaroopa® yoga therapy, she could assist me in healing to go hiking again. Finally in desperation as other methods only made the pain worse, I surrendered to a regular personal home practice and yoga therapy. Within three months, I was healed of all foot pain. Miracles do happen through this wonderful yoga!
Whenever I am sick like this week with Flu, I do more yoga with Ujjayi to heal and it is the most reliable method I have found to preventing and intervening in health issues - I rarely am sick more than one day with anything!I have also been privileged to assist other people in healing from Sciatica, back pain, and other chronic issues related to stress through Embodyment® and if appropriate, I will share with them to tell their own stories. - Linda H.