I started doing Wai Lana Yoga when I had a small stroke last April in order to improve my balance, because after the stroke, my balance was all messed up. And so that’s helped me to be more coordinated.
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.
Since I’ve been doing Wai Lana Yoga, my diet has changed. I’m more conscious of what I put into my body, I’m making green smoothies on a regular basis… I can’t eat the things I used to eat now that I am more conscious of my body and how I’m feeling, and it’s a wonderful change. It’s a nice transition. I welcome it.
i love your yoga work nice show and god bless you Wai Lana hive a nice day
and night i see your show come on KET yeah thanks keep the good work.
Doing yoga with Wai Lana helps me to prevent injuries in the knee area when I run. I’m also a massage therapist, so it helps me to release tension in the areas of the wrist as well as the fingers.
I’m intrigued by Wai Lana. I just love the music and the background of her yoga shows. It is so lovely when she sings with the kids in her kids videos.
Hello Wai Lana!
I would just like to share my story with you and extend my deepest gratitude for what you do.
Fifteen years ago I had lost my way. I was struggling with depression and anxiety from past occurrences. I found solace in alcohol and made the bitter and self destructive journey into the darkness that is addiction.
My story isn't unusual unfortunately. I had just given up.
I was working in Yellowstone National Park and dear friend sent me a care package that included a VHS tape of Wai Lana Yoga. I remembered seeing you on PBS. Well, years went by and I slipped further from reality. I had tried using the tape from time to time. And although I wasn't really in the mind set, it always made me smile.
Flash forward to not that long ago. For reasons that are not relevant I had come to a crossing. Either stop drinking or evaporate into nothing. So I started the long journey into sobriety. And I popped that tape in every morning.
What struck me was the warmth and genuineness that exuded from your practice. I really felt a calm and balance. My body slowly got stronger and with it, my mind did as well. I started ordering DVD sets from Amazon and eagerly awaited their delivery. I even ordered your mediation DVD and that has become part of my daily practice. (My favorite is the Kirtan meditation.)
So I would like to thank you so much for what you do. It has been such an important part of my recovery. It's very apparent the whole goal of what you do is to improve quality of life and with it the world around you, if even just microcosmically.
I am happy to say I am 7 months sober as of writing this.
A life you have helped change
I have MS and watch Wai Lana every day on TV. I can't do most of the things that she does but I do what I can such as the hand and neck exercises. Even though I am not able to do most of the exercises, I find it calming watching the rest of the show. The last 4 or 5 minutes at the end is so relaxing and soothing with her music, it calms me down and feels good. When someone has a lot of physical ailments or illnesses it is easy to get lost in these illnesses and have them take over. Wai Lana provides an escape from my illnesses for a little while. I'm looking forward to getting my Yoga Nidra cd and Meditation Trilogy so I can listen to Wai Lana in bed when I go to sleep at night to help calm me down and relax. I'm also looking forward to receiving Wai Lana's meditation kit!
I really wouldn’t like to imagine going through life without doing Wai Lana Yoga. Yes, it does take discipline and yes, it does take setting aside a part of time to do that, but the benefits that I get back – I just feel so much better.
Norma Wolf (age 86)
I have found practicing yoga with Wai Lana that I have a better sense of balance and more strength… my flexibility has improved. I walk a lot, two miles nearly every day, and at a good pace, I keep up with people that are much younger than me, and I feel that vitality—I’ve got more vitality than the average person of my age.
After I injured my foot from running, all I did was Wai Lana videos and I still felt the benefits. I didn’t miss running as much as I normally would. And the stances and things helped to stretch and strengthen my feet again.
I feel so grateful for everything Wai Lana has done for me. I have gained so much good health. My local TV station recently took Wai Lana off the air, I don't know what I will do without her. I have different issues with my body but once I do yoga with Wai Lana I'm a happy girl!
Wai Lana is refreshing to do yoga with. Although she is incredibly flexible she is not intimidating in the least. She reminds you to do what you are able to do. There are some exercises I could not do in the beginning but after practicing them a while I am able to do them.
Wai Lana’s yoga helps with your upper body strength. I think we tend to focus on walking and lower body strength for a lot of things, but some of the poses really exercise your arms and shoulders—really help to strengthen. It’s not like work. It’s just fun.
I think that Wai Lana is probably one of the strongest women that I’ve seen, she makes the poses look so extremely easy. But when I was a beginner and I turned on the show and tried it out, I didn’t feel intimidated; I only felt inspired to find that strength too.
On a day off when I’m tired, I’ll do Wai Lana Yoga… then I feel more energized and my mood gets better and it goes from there.
A few months before I started doing yoga with Wai Lana, I became a vegetarian. She has great soups in her cookbook. It definitely helped with my change of diet. Introducing myself into Wai Lana and her lifestyle helped my lifestyle.
I dance a lot. I started dancing as an adult so the flexibility isn’t there as much as for a young person and it just helps my flexibility. The Cobra poses and the different poses help with the flexibility of the spine. I do one of Wai Lana’s videos before I go to dance class to help me get warmed up and ready.
Wai Lana Yoga in particular is really strength building. She does very well thought-out, consecutive poses that help build your strength yet you feel very relaxed by the end of the session.
I’ve been in the service industry, serving food and bartending. And I always had so much pain in my shoulders from the heavy lifting and the trays, and with the Wai Lana Yoga… all that tension and stress has just gone away. I have no more shoulder pain, I feel like I stand up taller. I can breathe deeper. I feel amazing.
I like to spend time with Wai Lana. I like that I can practice her show quietly at home.
Sometimes if I’m feeling a little blue, I put in a Wai Lana Yoga video just to watch because they’re so beautiful that they’re very uplifting for me.
While practicing with Wai Lana, it helps make my activities easier. Also picking up things… because sometimes, when we age, we get a little stiff, so it helps me to relax those muscles. When I wake up early in the morning, it’s just best to work with Wai Lana, first thing.
The sounds in Wai Lana’s sound meditation take you away. They put the mind in the right place instead of my thoughts wandering in silent meditation.
It’s easier to handle things that come my way during the day because I’m doing Wai Lana Yoga and I’m calmer. When things happen, no matter what it is—you get cut off on the freeway, or you can’t find your keys—I just take a deep breath, and I’m learning to observe things rather than take part in all the drama that the day can bring. It’s helpful. It’s peaceful.
I do Wai Lana exercises every day. I lost 6 lbs and owe it all to Wai Lana!