For over 30 years, we have been helping our clients move towards better living.
For our team, this means working with brain, body and life at the same time - when one area is off, the whole human starts to lose balance. A holistic approach is necessary to move beyond temporary fixes and towards long-term wellbeing, presence and purpose.
** We offer free 15-minute consult calls to make sure that we're a right fit.
** We work with our clients online through Zoom. Work with us no matter where you are. We do in-person sessions with some local clients.
** Ofrecemos servicios en español.
OUR BRAIN-BODY-LIFE APPROACH
DESIGNING YOUR BRAIN RESPONSES.
• Slowing down the racing mind
• Reducing tension, stress and anxiety
• Building awareness of your deep-seated patterns of action and thought
• Implementing in-the-moment protocols for recognizing your triggers and interrupting your automated responses, creating space for alternative choices
• Gaining clarity and focus
• Making a deeper connection to your authentic Self, awakening to your own insight and wisdom
BEING RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR BODY NEEDS.
• Self-mastery. We want to help you become a master of self-assessment (what you need and what is truly balancing for you) so that you can respond appropriately moment-to-moment.
• Addressing injury and pain FIRST. We help you discover and address the foundational causes of pain: tightness and lack of range of motion, side-to-side muscular imbalances, lack of joint space and weakness in supportive muscles. We guide you towards the type of movement that will help you move away from pain and injury, as well as what to avoid.
• Helping Body and Brain work together. We steer you towards the type of movement that will support your brain re-engineering efforts. And we help you recognize the type of physical activity that can exacerbate those habitual tendencies that are no longer serving you.
• Making your Body a priority in all areas of your Life. Caring for our bodies doesn’t just happen when we’re working out. Sustainable wellbeing is about paying attention to our body needs in the office, at home, in the car, on vacation, everywhere.
BEING IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT OF YOUR LIFE.
We work with clients who are...
• Figuring out career next steps (educational goals, employment loss, career shifts, etc.)
• Navigating relationship difficulties (uncoupling or divorce, longstanding relational pitfalls that continue to show up, etc.)
• Facing loss and transitions (loss of a loved one, retirement, empty nest, pre and post-natal, etc.)
• Working to discover their authentic passions and connect more deeply with their genuine self.
Together we work on:
• Training your capacity for stillness and inward attention. It’s common to look outside of ourselves for the answers. The knowing and confidence for the major decisions lies within each of us, and it requires developing our skills for quieting the ambient noise in our brains.
• Honest yet compassionate self-reflection. The process of holding the mirror up to ourselves – seeing the defective narratives and self-sabotaging behaviors that we have been governed by – is a humbling process. We provide frameworks and support in this process of self-discovery.
• Steering the small and big wheels simultaneously. Big change is the accumulation of small adjustments implemented patiently and consistently. We help you paint the larger vision and stay on track with the smaller steps that will inch you in that direction.
Being able to witness the transformation in our clients is what drives our passion.
Seeing someone work through debilitating back pain or a recurrent injury.
Accompanying a client on discovering the ways that harsh self-criticism is holding them back at work and in their relationships, and gradually start to redesign that internal script.
Walking with a client through the loss of a loved one or a major life change, and supporting them in keeping a balanced perspective that allows them to be present with their feelings (versus numb or avoid them), respond consciously (versus react on auto-piloty), and find opportunities for growth.
St. Petersburg Yoga has been great! I have just started my journey with them, but already have been given tools that have been very helpful for handling my stress and anxiety. The instructors are very good listeners and have been very understanding. These are people who truly care.
The instructor was great. Great instructions, calm demeanor, reassured us that pain was not the goal. I have been to many yoga studios where the instructor is condescending and complementary only of the most advanced students. I appreciated St. Petersburg Yoga’s approach!
My daughter Daria is taking Kid Yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays and she just loves her and the practice. I also can take restorative at the same time. I wish I had practiced yoga when my other girls were younger,(not that I have given up on them coming with me), but this is really a special experience for both of us. Learning to balance the mind, body, and spirit can never happen to soon in our lives.
I love this place. I consistently have high blood pressure but after coming to the Restorative classes my blood pressure was 114/ over 68. It has not been that low in 40 years! I want everyone to know there’s more reasons to come here than they might think about.
Because there is no one-size fits-all formula for wellness, we want to start off with helping you identify the stuff that needs attention in your life right now - back pain; recovering from an injury; chronic stress or anxiety; facing a big change like retirement, childbirth or divorce; or trying to get better sleep are just some examples.
From there, our next step is to guide you toward the most beneficial and potent therapeutic practices for you. We help you discover the balancing practices for you within a wide set of possibilities: physical practices, mindfulness exercises, guided meditation, breathing techniques, mantra training, partnered self-inquiry, recreation of brain pathways, and others.
All of our Mind-Body-Life Specialists are experienced, 500-hour Yoga Alliance-registered instructors.
One-hour coaching session: $70 Ten sessions: $650 ($50 savings!)
We offer a free 15-minute consultation to all potential clients to discuss your needs, our services and answer any initial questions you might have. Each client is different and we adapt to your particular needs and realities. Some clients meet with us twice per week, others once per week, others potentially once per month. We will collaborate with you on creating a coaching plan that is manageable, but still keeps you on track with your intentions and goals.
All of our Mind-Body-Life Specialists are motivated by their own first-hand experience with self-discovery, healing and transformation.
Our founder, Chris Acosta (E-RYT 500), began a daily movement and mindfulness practice almost 30 years ago - while in a full-body brace (for 4 years and 23 hours a day) - to first heal his extreme scoliosis. The degree of scoliosis consisted of two curvatures with the largest at almost 50 degrees, multiple herniated discs, pinched nerves and spinal arthritis.
As a triathlete, distance runner, and general over-achiever, Jill Voorhis' (E-RYT 500) focus is on athletic longevity: using her practice to manage injuries and over-training tendencies, so she can stay in the game. Her over-doing habits didn't just show up in her physical activity. She started to recognize them in other areas of life, and how they were connected to inflamed states in body and mind, and to her auto-immune disorder.
Heather Siegel's (E-RYT 500) has been motivated by her own experience with scoliosis, as well as a hard-pushing lifestyle. She found herself overwhelmed in a high-stress life of perfectionism and self-bullying that were driving ongoing cycles of anxiety and depression.
With a background in social services and public health, Ligia Gómez (RYT 500) found herself struggling with increasingly serious gastrointestinal issues, as she bounced between over-extending and complete burn-out.
We have worked with clients from their teenage years into their 90s, and with a variety of circumstances and conditions. These are just some examples:
Back pain, disc disorders, scoliosis, sciatica
Anxiety, panic attacks
Work-life balance, high levels of stress
Arthritis, fibromyalgia, auto-immune disorders
Body dysmorphia, eating disorders
Injury rehabilitation, chronic physical pain