Lisa Bae Nicols
Dear Wai Lana,
I was recently recuperating from elective surgery in the hospital, no biggie. But healing is a big deal. While I was walking the halls, I would wear my portable CD player headphones and listen to yoga sound. It made me feel so good! I would sing out loud—quietly. I held onto the bars on the wall, closed my eyes and simply enjoyed the wonderful soothing music. My favorites are Lionheart and Mirror of the Mind.
I had other music with me, Mozart, Beethoven. Yoga Sound was by far more effectual for me.
Continuing my healing journey
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'm a registered nurse and I had injured my back. The neurologist suggested that I start doing yoga, so I did the Wai Lana Yoga, and I was just amazed at all the changes that I noticed in myself. My back pain went away and I felt lighter on my feet. I felt more alert, more relaxed.
I have been practicing Wai Lana Yoga every single day since February 13, 2014. I practice at least an hour, oftentimes more just because it feels so good. I start my day out with Wai Lana, and go to work feeling really good. Depending on my day, I very well may come home and do some more Wai Lana, and then I’ll feel wonderful again. So it’s every single solitary day, unless there’s extenuating circumstances. That’s how I begin my day.
Wai Lana's Yoga Nidra is all-encompassing. It's inspiring, it gives you a sense of comfort, it gives you a sense of peace, and you feel good. You feel like you have a handle on everything. And it's beautiful because of her words… her ability to paint verbal images is breathtaking.
My doctor had me on medication for high blood pressure and I went on exercising as I had before. I would ride my bike 15 miles a day, I would work out with weights, and with my heart condition, I developed chest pains. They were very painful, very frightening. So I had to find a new way to exercise that was effective and yet gentle enough not to strain my heart. I remembered Wai Lana Yoga and it has become a part of my life. I know I can do this for the rest of my life, no matter how in shape or out of shape I am, and it feels great, because I like to be healthy, I like to be active.
Wai Lana Yoga helps me get through the work week. A lot of the time I’m sitting at a desk all day long just going from one software to another. So when I come home, it helps me to relax and it helps me keep supple at work. I don’t get the backaches that I would get if I didn’t exercise properly.
I’ll go out to my yoga area and my 8-year-old daughter will join me sometimes in the yoga routines. She does ballet and gymnastics but this we can do together.
Elaine and Marie, Orlando Florida
I'm a 66 year old breast cancer survivor and my mother is 97 years old. We love watching Wai Lana on TV and exercising with her. We can’t do all of the exercises but we do the easier ones we are able to do. We think Wai Lana is just great, she is such an inspiration to others. She is so pretty, we love her clothes and all the nice places her shows are taped. We try to eat healthy, drink healthy juices and exercise. We do a few different types of exercises but Wai Lana is our favorite.
When I get up in the morning, I look forward to doing my yoga with Wai Lana. It makes me feel great and it gives me peace of mind. It releases a lot of stress that I have in my daily life, with my job, and with other personal matters. It also has helped more than anything with some physical problems that I have such as back issues, constipation, and some arthritis. It always works for me. I look at myself in the mirror when I’m putting on my make-up to go to work and I see a glow. If I don’t do her yoga, it’s not the same. There’s a glow there, all that blood circulating through my body. It’s just amazing.
Donna B – Santa Fe, NM
I love watching Wai Lana on PBS every day. The entire program is just perfect with the ocean, the clothes and the singing. Wai Lana is just so magical and totally cool.
70 year old from Michigan
I have been watching Wai Lana on TV for many years. I'm very impressed with her right down to her smile! She really wants to help people, it’s hard to find someone that genuine these days. I love it when she sings, I just melt off into oblivion. I'm 70 years old, I definitely cannot do everything that Wai Lana does, but I do what I can. I say it is never too late to try something new especially if it makes you feel great.
I'm 74 years old and recently discovered Wai Lana on my local PBS station. I really like her instruction, she explains everything so clearly so you can follow carefully without getting hurt. I think yoga is such a wonderful form of exercise, I wish I discovered it earlier in my life. I can't do all the exercises but I do what I can. If I can't do them then I just close my eyes and listen to what Wai Lana says.
For about the past two and a half years, I’ve had monthly lower back pain, fatigue, bloating, headaches, and pains in my legs from varicose veins. Based on my reading, I have discovered that hormonal imbalance will cause these. Instead of taking hormone-balancing pills that the doctor prescribed because he couldn’t find an answer for these symptoms, I decided to go the natural route. I’ve been doing Wai Lana Yoga about 3 times a week and pretty much all of my symptoms have disappeared.
Hana (age 15)
When I was younger, I would come home and do Wai Lana Yoga with leis and hula skirts. It was fun for me as a child because it made me feel like I was actually being productive. It was very calming because I did gymnastics and ballet and tap. But everyone did ballet and tap and gymnastics. I’d just come home and do yoga for like 6 hours straight. It would be on repeat.
Jo from Orlando
I’m 92 years old and I watch Wai Lana Yoga every day. I do all the poses that I am able to do at my age. I appreciate Wai Lana so much, I just love her. I think everyone should do yoga to stay healthy mentally and physically.
Carrie from Mobile Alabama
I found Wai Lana on my local PBS station last week. I just love her! After doing yoga with her one time my back has straightened.
Practicing Wai Lana Yoga has given me a sense of flexibility and strength that I didn’t have in my body before. I certainly built muscles. I think it helped my posture – standing straighter and moving without stress. It freed my body. It is very pleasurable.
Doing yoga with Wai Lana helps me feel better in many ways. Certainly you feel it physically but the physical well-being also transmits into your emotions. I can keep myself focused. It also helps me just feel good. I feel like I have a great outlook and attitude.
A fan from Indiana
I am very grateful to Wai Lana for putting out all her yoga and meditation products. A number of years ago I was in a coma for 3 weeks, when I woke up I was not longer able to walk on my own. I then started watching Wai Lana every day on PBS and she motivated and inspired me to start walking again. Although I could not do the exercises I would stand with my walker and try to raise my legs as much as I could, eventually I was able to stand and balance on my own. I can now walk and even ride my bike. Thank you Wai Lana for inspiring me to keep moving and keep going.
I also do Wai Lana's Meditation cd's and people say they notice a difference in me. I have her Easy Meditation for Everyone, Yoga Nidra and her music cds. I feel calmer and happier. Life just gets better and better with Wai Lana.
Wai Lana explains how to use the breath to get into each pose, and then she explains how to control your breath to maintain the pose. So you’re really working on your breath, and by the end of each session, you’re breathing as deep and as slow as possible, and that helps with singing, and it helps with centering yourself in general.
Wai Lana Yoga is something that I always look forward to. It starts my day off just right. It could be raining outside, but when I’m in front of the programming, I see beautiful scenery, I see a relaxed, kind, gentle person, who truly cares about what I’m about, who helps me through the day, and it’s such a big part of my life now. It’s wonderful, it really, really is.
Like many artists I have a day job. It’s a great place. But there’s tension. Going to work, there’s the tension on the ferry and on the subway. I came home recently with a normal amount of New York aggravation and I did a couple of Salute to the Sun poses and, after I was finished, my mind tried to go back to the aggravation, but I couldn’t. I realized if I was going to be aggravated, I was going to have to work to get back to that place which of course I didn’t do. It was just amazing that something could have that much impact on my emotional state and detach me from the day-to-day stresses. As an artist, I found that extremely useful. I went down to the studio and had a decent session that day… it was hassle-free. The tension of the day really had been dissipated. I was impressed with the power of something like Salute to the Sun actually creating a sustainable mind state that was able to completely disengage me from the difficulties and hassles of the day.
I’ve been a nurse for eighteen years and I initially injured my back by lifting a patient and twisting. I was incapacitated physically for a couple of weeks. So when I felt better I went to the neurologist who was also an acupuncturist and he recommended doing yoga. So that’s how I began the Wai Lana DVDs and since then I’ve never had that problem again, which is amazing to me. Yoga definitely is a very good preventative measure. It keeps you flexible. It keeps you strong and keeps you calm and relaxed.
I really love her style. I love how she really works the spine, the inverted poses... And the hip opening. All the stretches that she does. I just really love how it makes my body feel.
I found about the Wai Lana PBS Yoga shows from one of my friends who was always saying nice things about Wai Lana. Since then, I have been regularly watching Wai Lana Yoga PBS shows and love her unique way of teaching yoga.
The beautiful natural background is very soothing to the mind. I would like to share one experience about Ujjayi Pranayama Breathing Technique taught by Wai Lana. Ujjayi pranayama really helped me to reduce tension and anxieties. I always get a calming and heart touching experience practicing this technique followed by yoga sound meditation.
Thank You Wai Lana for sharing this wonderful practice of yoga.
Doing the Wai Lana DVDs has helped me with my diet. It makes you feel really healthy – and that makes you improve your diet just naturally. If you do the DVDs on a regular basis you naturally get more in shape and that encourages you to eat better, and you feel more balanced throughout the day. And you’re motivated to keep that balance.