Rave reviews

From DJ’s yoga therapy students:

My daughter has loved her yoga therapy sessions with Ana, and so have I. She is very gifted at promoting relaxation, confidence, strength, and well-being. She is especially skilled in working with children, and her new studio is fantastic. I highly recommend her!” HW, Brookline”
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About 11 years ago, DJ was my prenatal yoga teacher. Today I brought my 8 and 11 year old children to her for yoga therapy. She is a true healer. They have had a very challenging year, and after just forty-five minutes each, they both left her office transformed. It sounds too good to be true, I know, but my experience with her in prenatal yoga was similarly holistic and life-changing. DJ brings wisdom and heart into every moment, and sees the light in everyone in the room, helped my children today to be aware of their own light. We look forward to doing the homework she assigned to help with sleep, and to enhance self-care, and to coming back next week. My 11 year old son’s response: “I am enthralled”, my 8 year old daughter’s response, “when can we go back?” Jennifer Moffitt, CNM (Certified Nurse- Midwifery), RNP (Registered Nurse Practitioner), Instructor at University of Massachusetts Medical School (Department of Family Medicine and Community Health).

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Our daughter is doing the yoga sessions with DJ and really enjoying them. In each session she becomes more excited, relaxed and engaged. We have observed that she is less anxious and more focused. It is very good for us to see our girl so “in love” with this. You are doing a great work with children, thank you!!!”
Halissa Simplicio, dentist, Brookline (mom of a Brilliant Kids’ teen student)
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“Working with DJ for the past 3 years has been such a beautiful and transformative process. The work we do has breadth and depth that can’t be articulated in a review– but it is truly life changing! She is a wonderful guide, especially in the realm of eating disorder treatment! Before working with her, I had gone through multiple forms of clinical treatment, none of which inspired me to love my life and myself and desire recovery the way our work has. If you have even a little inkling of interest in working with her, go for it! It will be so worth it
K.C., private yoga therapy teen student, Brilliant Kids Program.
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DJ is amazing. I’ve been doing yoga therapy  with her once a week for almost 3 years and I can wholeheartedly say I’m a different person from having worked with her. She continues to help me recognize my gifts and my insecurities to become a better and better version of myself. Working with DJ is an whole life experience. She has helped me navigate finding a new job, body image issues, running injuries, dating, etc. etc. along with working through years of emotional trauma. Thank you DJ
Erin B., Biology teacher, Brookline.
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I can’t find the words to describe working with DJ. She has changed my life. I found her studio by chance in Boston 5 years ago, and have been working with her every week since then. I didn’t know what yoga therapy was at the time but it was exactly what I was looking for; a path of spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being. If yoga is the journey of the self, to the self, through the self, then DJ’s name is very fitting because she is the divine light that has guided me to myself over the past few years. I am so proud to be her student and I cannot recommend her and her work highly enough.”
Jessica Cicoria, student of Medicine, Brookline.
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I have had private yoga sessions with DJ for many years and she’s absolutely fantastic!!! I’m not your typical yoga student…being a middle aged, unbendy man, I was concerned that I could find an instructor who’d tailor the sessions to my needs and interests. DJ has done that exactly that…I’ve alway felt our focus is on my needs, rather than a prescribedformula. DJ is also very wise and knowledgeable about a wide range of health issues…she’s been a great resource over the years.I HIGHLY recommend her.”
“I’ve never been limber and at age 50 decided to try yoga to help me keep up with my active kids.  I was apprehensive about finding an instructor who would work well with a rank beginner.  I couldn’t have found a better coach than DJ.  She has been wonderfully patient, spending the time necessary to ease me into yoga.  DJ asks great questions…learning about my problem areas and designing custom programs to help with whatever ails me (be it a sore back or trouble sleeping).  I can’t recommend DJ highly enough….she is a kind, thoughtful and incredibly knowledgeable instructor who has helped me a great deal.”
Peter Jacobs, Brookline.
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 “Ana is an exceptional yoga therapist! Her breadth of knowledge, sensitivity and skill as a counselor, and delightful personality have made our sessions profoundly helpful in guiding me to live my life to the fullest. I have nothing but the highest praise for her practice.”
Lynn Migliozzi, mom extraordinaire, Sudbury.
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“DJ is extremely authentic, intuitive, and a pleasure to work with. I don’t have much time to devote to my own fulfillment and she gets the absolute most out of the time I have available for instruction. She is able to look through many of the excuses I have for why I haven’t done something about happiness entering my life. She is teaching me the value of letting go and allowing. I highly recommend DJ!”
 Tony Cicoria, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon (skype yoga therapy student)
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Divya Jyoti Yoga Therapy is like a body and mind and spirit mesh of cleansing. It’s very in-depth emotional therapy where you do some physical stuff to help with your body, talk about things to help with your mental status, and then spiritual things to help with spirituality… It feels like a whole version of therapy.” K.P., Wellesley. Private yoga therapy teen student, Brilliant Kids Program.

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“During my time working with DJ, I learned to open up and connect with feelings and emotions I didn’t even know I had. DJ helped me be vulnerable and accepting to some of the hardships I faced in my childhood. While working with her, I rediscovered my spirituality that was put aside during a very anxious period of my life.”
H.P., Sudbury.
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“I went to see DJ for yoga therapy because I was interested in working with a therapist who combined talk therapy with body work who could also add a spiritual element to the work. I certainly had the experience I was looking for. DJ is down to earth and has a great sense of humor as well as a gentle and compassionate side to her. She was always fully attentive and I felt cared for in every session. She helped me feel empowered and calm in every session. I would highly recommend her as either a supervisor, teacher, or therapist.”
A. G., Therapist, Cambridge.
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“Even though it’s been several years since I’ve worked with DJ, my body/mind remembers well the healing instilled through our work together. Her breadth of knowledge, skill, and deeply compassionate presence invites a unique opportunity for an embodied transformative healing.”
Marilyn Unger-Riepe, LICSW, Sudbury. (trainee and yoga therapist student)
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“Yoga therapy with DJ was an enormous help to me.  I was stuck in a state of anxiety and other negative emotions related to a health problem. Through our work together, I developed compassion for my body and was able to move forward with my life in a new way. Even today, I still use techniques DJ taught me and I am so grateful. Thank you DJ!” S.S, Cambridge
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I was blessed to have the opportunity to work with Divya Jyoti as both my yoga therapist and my yoga teacher. She assisted me in coming out of a life-threatening eating disorder when no other form of treatment succeeded. She gave me the tools I needed to help myself heal and become a whole, happy and healthy person. Her yoga classes were the only ones where I felt that the teacher knew me and knew what was best for my mind and body. Like she said, we are not cattle, and we shouldn’t all be doing the same thing in yoga class. She took the time to meet individually with each student, giving each of us our own practice, then we would all come together each week and, as a group, do our individual practices. It was a beautiful and healing experience working with DJ and I cannot recommend working with her enough. I have the highest respect and gratitude for DJ and the work she is doing.
Sarah Lefsik, artist, Boston.
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“I happened to end up in a yoga class taught by Ana (Divya Jyoti) a few years ago and it was amazing.  She was incredibly attentive to the needs of all of us students and really tailored the class to what we needed that day.  I loved it.  Since that class, I started doing private Yoga Therapy sessions with her on a regular basis and taking her group classes whenever she offered them.  It has made a big difference for me.  There’s nothing like having someone dedicate an hour to really working with you.  I have felt a big difference physically and emotionally from working with her. The private yoga therapy sessions last about an hour and are always different.  There’s usually a mix of talking/checking-in to see what’s been going on, breathing practices (pranayama), physical practices (asanas), relaxation techniques, recommendations for helping to feel better throughout the week, energy work, etc.  Really, there’s so much that comes into the sessions.  I always felt I came away from them feeling better, more relaxed, and with some real tools that I could use on my own.  I loved that.  It really made me feel like I was getting something tangible out of the sessions.  She also offers workshops, which have been excellent and are a great way to meet her and see her style.  Private sessions are definitely an investment, but I feel like the benefits I got from them made it more than worth it.  Bottom line: I can’t say enough good things about Divya Jyoti Yoga Studio.  It’s definitely worth checking out!”
Nora Basile, RNP and yoga teacher, Boston
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“The yoga therapy and relaxation sessions are  very powerful. They help me care for my body in a relaxed environment that encourages reflection and tranquility.”
L.S., Jamaica Plain
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This class with Ana is the piece I have been missing in my life – physically, mentally and emotionally. Ana has an amazing presence about her, full of love, beauty, healing, and calm. She has given me an opportunity to feel safe and peaceful. I feel so grateful she has come into my life.”
P.M., Natick
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“I first started working with Ana in Boston over a decade ago when all other so-called “Western” options were not helping me cope with extreme anxiety and just general fear about life, work, my future etc. From Boston to London to China, she has been a presence in my life, offering not only support but wisdom as well as healing practices that continue to help me deal with stress. She is a truly gifted therapist, and I remain grateful that I happened to come across her by chance in Boston now many years ago.”
Lara Farrar, Journalist. (Skype private yoga therapy student)
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After several years of weight gain and inactivity, I needed a safe place to start to move my body at a very ‘beginners” level – a place where I wouldn’t have to feel preoccupied or embarrassed that my large body would not fit in with the others in the group. D.J.’s yoga  is a safe haven for those who are longing to stretch out and begin to get their bodies connected to their heads in a way that feels comfortable and at their own pace.By Thursday night, I was tired and my body felt crammed up from sitting at my computer all week, going home to sit at my computer more at night (or fall asleep in front of the TV) and being relatively inactive. It is a little miracle that after dragging myself to class on a Thursday evening at the end of a busy work week, I actually left class feeling better than I had all week. Feeling this good while driving home from yoga on Thursday nights, I was convinced that I needed to incorporate more of this type of yoga into my days. I am hopeful that I can feel good every day if I continue to incorporate more yoga into my week.DJ is warm, respectful, and patient, she allows me to move at my own pace – thank you  DJ for offering a safe haven where individuals at all levels can make a step forward towards feeling better no matter what type of body they show up with.”

L.R. , Newton.

 

 From DJ’s trainees, mentees and supervisees:
I joined Ana’s class knowing very little about yoga. I have learned so much in the class and now feel that I can begin using my skills with my private clients. The atmosphere in the class was nurturing and kept me engaged with the material at all times. We also had fun! I would recommend this class for anyone that wants to bring a mindfulness practice into their work with their clients. The skills I learned will be invaluable to me and to my clients.”
Beth Mayer, LICSW, CEO of MEDA (Multi-service eating disorders association), Newton.
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Ana’s relaxed style allows for wisdom and instruction to flow easily throughout the sessions. I learned a wonderful blend of theory and practice, useful for myself and clients. Thank you, Ana.”
Dr. Lisa Pearl, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD, CEDS, Founder of  CNC 360, Counseling and Nutrition Center, Lexington.
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Ana is an excellent teacher. She has a profound understanding of the philosophy and practice of yoga and helps students to see very clearly the connection to the healing of eating disorders. As she teaches the practice of yoga, she helps the trainees to translate their learning into their psychodynamic work. For me what I’ve learned expands and deepens the movement work that I have done in the past. Ana inspires me to deepen my own yoga practice- which deepens my centeredness and presence with my clients- that being the most powerful healing I have to offer to my clients.”
Marilyn Unger-Riepe, LICSW, Sudbury.
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This course was a great opportunity to learn about yoga more specifically as it relates to the field of mental health and helping those with eating disorders to heal and find wholeness. Not only did I learn a variety of postures and techniques, but importantly, a way of thinking in applying them. Ana (Divya Jyoti) was a wonderful and skilled teacher who created a welcoming space for me to directly experience for myself what I will be incorporating in the work with my clients.”
Dr. Michelle Spomer, Phd, psychologist, Arlington.
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 “Class was heart opening and provided me with a reaffirmation of my path. This class came at just the right time in my life when I am making some decisions about my future path and direction. DJ is a truly gifted teacher. Thank you, DJ!”
Lisa Harrington, yoga teacher
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2 thoughts on “Rave reviews

  1. I went to see DJ for yoga therapy because I was interested in working with a therapist who combined talk therapy with body work who could also add a spiritual element to the work. I certainly had the experience I was looking for. DJ is down to earth and has a great sense of humor as well as a gentle and compassionate side to her. She was always fully attentive and I felt cared for in every session. She helped me feel empowered and calm in every session. I would highly recommend her as either a supervisor, teacher, or therapist.

  2. During my time working with DJ, I learned to open up and connect with feelings and emotions I didn’t even know I had. DJ helped me be vulnerable and accepting to some of the hardships I faced in my childhood. While working with her, I rediscovered my spirituality that was put aside during a very anxious period of my life.

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