Maggie Knoedler Rueda, E-RYT500, Reiki Master

Journey of Yoga
730 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury
860-680-1482 -
What is your specialization and why did you choose to work in this area?
Providing private yoga sessions has always been one of my favorite offerings because I love to customize sessions for each client. Core work (from my personal fitness coaching background), healing elements of Reiki, breath work and Ayurvedic wellness guidelines are all favorites in my toolbox.
What do you find most gets in the way of an individual's follow-through and success with change or healing therapy?
Clients are most successful when they have a home practice in addition to our weekly sessions. I try to dissuade clients from unrealistic weight loss goals (especially New Year’s resolutions) and get them to focus on overall fitness and wellness.
How do you support your client's goal to keep their personal intention and create lasting change?
Continuing communication with clients provides me with input on how they are doing and whether I need to modify their yoga practice due to altered goals or for physical issues such as an injury.
Research shows that individuals keep their personal goals when they have a support system in place. What do you offer to provide the care and support necessary for an individual to experience change?
One very helpful way for a client to accomplish wellness goals is to be part of a support group of like-minded people. Giving clients positive and constructive feedback for even their smallest accomplishments is also paramount to their success.
Many individuals reading this may feel overwhelmed and not know where to begin in setting a personal goal. What is your best advice to bring self-compassion and patience?
Begin by making just one small change. Maybe eliminate sugar during the week. Or walk one to three miles twice a week. Make a commitment with a friend if private sessions aren't feasible. Start small so that you can feel successful sooner. And remember to breathe.

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