I’ve been in several auto accidents in my lifetime, and I’ve had a lot of whiplash and lower back problems from that. I’ve also had a lot of stress lately, and my neck is my weak point. So I knew I needed to do something. When I was flipping through the channels and found Wai Lana Yoga, I was thinking I could try this yoga, maybe just three times a week or so. And within two weeks, my neck isn’t hurting me anymore. It’s wonderful.
Over the years, many people who have been introduced to yoga by Wai Lana, or who have been inspired by her in their yoga practice, have written with questions or gracious expressions of gratitude.
I used to smoke and yoga gave me the desire to quit smoking, and to stick with it. I think smoking is really that your body wants to breathe. You really want oxygen, not nicotine. So what I do now is breathe deeply. It's like the same act as smoking that cigarette, yet I am breathing oxygen. Doing the yoga makes me more aware of my body, more aware of my breath.
With Wai Lana’s tone and the mood she sets, you’re able to calm down. When I come home from my job on the floor of the stock exchange, my energy is a 10. I’m bouncing off the walls. My wife is like, “Just relax.” And with Wai Lana, I’m able to come back and find myself and slow down and just remember who I am and what I’m about. Yoga and Wai Lana has done that.
I do the meditations with her and it’s as if the spirit that connects you to the divine is there. It’s encircling you. I am growing spiritually through her DVDs as well as changing my body physically and feeling my emotions lightened.
I started seeing improvement in my lower back pain and my varicose veins right away. Over time, I have also seen a reduction in the oiliness of my skin, which was also a byproduct of the hormonal imbalance, as well as the acne clearing up. And I do attribute that to the regular use of Wai Lana’s DVDs.
The bottom line is that yoga has certainly helped me a great deal with stress, blood pressure, and flexibility. I wake up in the morning raring to go. I just don't seem to have the problems that many people have when they get older. I don’t have the aches and pains. I am very fortunate because there is a history of heart disease in my family. My doctor's aware of that and he is amazed. He says, "Don you are doing very, very well. Keep it up. Keep up the yoga.” So I thought that was very good. He's a specialist and I have worked with him for some time. He is very pleased with my progress.
After being raised on a healthy yoga diet and experiencing how much it benefited me, I knew that I would raise my own kids the same way. It’s a really good feeling to know you are giving your kids foods that will give them the best possible mental and physical health, and food that they really enjoy as well.
I used to have a problem with digestion, but since I started doing Wai Lana Yoga about a year ago, I've noticed that I don’t have those problems anymore. I used to have a lot of pain and that’s gone now. I do believe that doing yoga with Wai Lana has helped a lot with that. It's very exciting.
I get a lot of migraine headaches. Being a customer service representative, I’m on the phone a lot, and so I have a lot of neck and shoulder tension. I used to take lots of painkillers for migraines, but now I use Wai Lana’s DVDs to help relieve the stress and tension in my neck and shoulders. The stretching keeps me headache-free as long as I’m doing the exercises.
I believe that controlling stress is something I've needed since I was a child, and yoga just brings you into balance. I started eating differently, I started thinking differently. I put myself in a position where I was around more positive people and circumstances. It's not just the physical practice of yoga that helps your body—it's the mental practice and the spiritual practice as well.
After menopause, I noticed that I was steadily gaining weight even though I wasn’t eating more than usual. I’d always been able to lose a few pounds pretty easily, but not anymore. Watching my weight increase from 124 to 132 pounds, with no sign of stopping, made me determined to change something. About 2 months ago I started doing yoga poses at least three times a week and cut junk food out of my diet almost completely. I’m now trying to eat fewer processed foods and have already lost 4 pounds without starving myself in the least. Plus I feel stronger and healthier.
I have a daughter who just turned three years old. She has been doing yoga her whole life. She knew you from the television and loved your flowers. I bought her your Little Yogis and Daydream DVDs for her second birthday. She LOVES them. Her father has been kiteboarding for many years and when she saw you kiteboarding, well … all I can say is that she is a great fan of yours, as am I. The graphics are amazing, the content solid and captivating, and the stickers (you know children) were very well received. All in all an outstanding work!
I absolutely love the Yoga Music of the Heart CD. I never get tired of hearing it. I’m usually stressed out at night, but I put the CD on to help me unwind and fall asleep by the third track. There are other relaxing CDs on the market, but not like this. There is something special about it.
Every morning I say to Wai Lana after her workout, "I love you, Wai Lana". She has been a mainstay in my life for decades. I have been meaning to write this email for years, and, today I am finally doing i
I really benefited from her instruction in the breathing and how to use the breath and how to use the diaphragm and breathe fully. Part of my condition was that I wasn’t using the lower part of my lungs. I was breathing shallowly through the upper part of my lungs, and I had to practice learning how to breathe correctly, and the videos really helped me do that. I can do that while I’m doing the stretches—practice breathing correctly.
Donna Lancaster, massage therapist & reflexologist
I get tired, and I get a little bit of backache, but getting out there and doing all the deep spinal stretching and the deep breathing—it releases the tension from my body, and then I’m able to go to work and release the tension in my clients’ bodies. So it works real well.
So working with Wai Lana in the morning makes it a lot easier for me to work with my clients for the rest of the day.
I used to worry about my weight but after doing yoga with Wai Lana's videos, I don't have to worry about it anymore. I stay the same weight, no matter what I eat. I've found that my food choices have changed over the years and I choose food that is good for my body now.
I don't want fatty foods, I don't want sugar. I always choose vegetables, fruits, even soymilk. Another exciting thing is that I'm no longer a coffee-holic. One day I woke up and realized that I just didn't need it and said to myself, 'I'll have a cup of herbal tea instead!'
Doing Wai Lana Yoga helps me sleep better.
I used to be kind of—I don’t know—kinked up in bed and such. Now I just rest peacefully.
Wai Lana talks about a certain way to lie in between poses, and I’ll do that in bed and it’s very relaxing.
Dear Wai Lana,
I am so angry and disappointed that they have replaced your PBS show w/Power Yoga. Although I complained, I at least had you on Saturday and Sunday. Then even that changed to Power Yoga, so now you are not on any station in my area.
However, not to be outdone, I ordered all your DVDs, so I still have you. What still bothers me is I've had to change my morning routine because I was doing the entire DVD, making me late for work. So, I bought a new mattress that is wonderful and I don't mind getting up earlier to do yoga w/ you. I'm even getting to work a little earlier with a lighter spring to my step.
Thanx for 8 years of great yoga. Although I can't do everything you do because of my spinal arthritis, I at least make a modified try at everything. I miss seeing you on TV though. Hopefully enough of your fans will make a difference and make PBS realize that there should be room for both Power Yoga and Wai Lana Yoga so that all ages can enjoy the benefits of yoga.
Hi Wai Lana,
I am happily pregnant.
I luv your yoga so gentle helps me and my spirit soar!
I have used Wai Lana’s tapes/DVDs for about five years. I look forward to exercise time and feel invigorated and calm afterward; and, as an added perk, I have a better body now than when I was a teenager and into ballet and modern dance. Wai Lana is the best! I have recommended her outstanding DVDs to friends, one is hooked, and he is a gym rat. I can hardly wait for grandchildren to have some little yogis of my own.
Hello to you, Wai Lana.
How are you doing, today?
I Would just like to say, I try to catch your TV show when I can. I really enjoy viewing it, and listening to your music, at the end. It is so peaceful to my mind, and spirit, and heart.
I used to do yoga, with a few friends. I was starting to feel good, but then, I seem to have stopped doing yoga. My friends no longer were doing it at all!
I want so much, to get back in to it, again. My body was starting to feel wonderful and so was my mind.
I hope your tv show will continue, to air on pbs, I love the beautiful backgrounds, when you are doing yoga. It looks so terrific and ever so wonderful !
Please have a great day, Wai Lana
And keep up the great work, on your yoga show, on pbs.
You have saved my life. My Yoga instructor for 10 years retired and moved away. I was lost for a while until I stumbled on your morning show on PBS (WNYE). Now during the week I spend one half hour with you and on weekends can do the full two half-hour shows. I also have 5 of your videos, your yoga kit (mat/strap etc).
I love the way your TV shows are presented with the voiceovers instead of talking while you are showing us the asanas. You start every day for me now with a feeling of peace and relaxation to get through the rest of the day.
My name is Mark and I just recently discovered your show on PBS (WHUT). I was very excited to stumble upon it. I have long been a big fan of Yoga and the eastern arts. Now actually a global art. I have however been struggling to find good guidance about it. I have read many different books and magazines, and spoken with many different teachers, but every where I turned there seemed to be a huge price attached to the advice. Needless to say I was very excited to find your show and have you walk me through the steps. I imediately started doing them in front of the T.V. I have to admit I felt better instantly. I love Yoga. I am looking forward to doing more with your videos as soon as I receive them.
Lucky for me I happen to have a day off today. It happens to be veterans day. Surfing through the many channels on T.V. looking for the latest bits of news (uggghhh), I am very glad to find a bit of heaven in your show. I am 34 years of age and I live in D.C. , I am finishing my Bachelor's Degree in Communications (Media Production & Film). After living here for 20 years I hope to leave to a more beautiful place. Maybe Hawaii!?? I've always dreamed of going there, ever since I was a child growing up in the Middle East, it just always seemed like heaven, and maybe it is. I hope to someday in the future be able to dedicate more of my life to the kind of lifestyle to you promote, hopefully with your help. So, I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.
THANK YOU WAILANA!!!!!!!! YOU ARE AN ANGEL!!!!!!!
I want to tell you personally how much you have changed my life. I have been doing exercise for over 20 years, treadmills, weights, aerobics, I have tried it all.
Recently I went thru a difficult divorce and have been stressed to the limit.....The tension I have felt has been unbelievable. I was taking valium prescribed by my physcian and he retired and told me to go see another Doctor to get my prescription.
I am glad to say that I have chose another route. YOGA. It has been unbelievable for me. It has de-stressed me, make me so strong in my mind, body and in my heart, It has made me KNOW that I must take care of myself, nurture and LOVE my BODY ...
I tell everyone who has stress and is weak about YOU. and the benefits that YOGA can provide.
Thank you with all my heart, body and soul. My daughter has ordered the Hello Fitness DVD for me for Christmas, and I am so looking forward to YOGA for the rest of my LIFE.
Thank you so much, and keep up the fantastic work. By the way, I love your clothing too, its so bright and colorful....LIKE YOU...