“An hour of Yoga with Sonya during the work day gives me a fresh
perspective and productive energy for the rest of the day.”
Yes, Sonya gives good yoga. I’ve been a yogi for about 3 1/2 years, the past year-plus with Sonya at Yoga Garden, and my practice has made great strides with her help. She pays great attention to proper form, a key to avoiding nagging injuries (really important when you get past a certain age). You feel confident she knows what she’s talking about, and her passion for, and enjoyment of, teaching (and continuing to learn herself) is obvious.
She also has a great temperament for teaching: nurturing, encouraging and never condescending. She can also inject some humor into the proceedings without being “too cute.” As a bonus, she has good taste in music. If you want to develop your practice, or are new to yoga and want a good place to start, you really can’t go wrong with Ms. Sonya. This was a non-paid endorsement!
—Scott M. via Yelp
Sonya is an exceptional teacher. She is compassionate, clear, mindful of her student’s needs, incredibly well studied and sincerely believes in the importance of a yoga practice and living to one’s true potential. She is the real deal. I have studied yoga for years and years throughout the major cities in America and teachers like her are extremely rare. Her dedication to her practice and her unwavering focus on true purpose are in each pose she guides her students to in class. If you want to experience yoga, true yoga, on and off the mat, I highly recommend taking Sonya’s class.
—P. T. via Yelp
I did a wonderful hip opening workshop with Sonya and really, really enjoyed it! She offers excellent alignment cues so unlike many yoga classes, I feel confident that I am doing the poses safely and in good alignment. I found Sonya inspiring, uplifting and very soothing at the same time. Her way of teaching felt profession, caring and fun! I highly recommend yoga with Sonya!
—Leila S. via Yelp
Yoga with Sonya is a blast!
I’ve been doing yoga on and off for 10 years and Sonya is the first teacher I ever called my teacher. I only go to her classes when I am practicing. I chose Sonya as my teacher for several reasons. First, I feel very safe doing yoga with her. She is very knowledgable about proper alignment and she teaches it in every single class I have ever taken with her.
She explains & demonstrates what to do AND what not to do. When I do yoga alone, Sonya’s voice is always in my head saying, “shoulders back always and forever.” Her classes are fluid and well prepared and always adapted to match the expressed needs and desires of her students.
When I haven’t been to class in a while, she will often reach out with a friendly email inviting me back and letting me know that I’ve been missed. How amazing is that?!
On top of that, I always appreciated how she consistently introduces herself to first time attendees of her class and asks them about their yoga practice history. This tells me she is truly interested in each person’s individual experience in her class and in making everyone feel welcome.
Sonya is an incredibly skilled yoga practitioner and teacher. She is very sweet and approachable. And she genuinely cares about her students. You won’t be disappointed!
—Dara P. via Yelp
There is no other choice when searching for a yoga guru. Sonya is it.
Whether you’re looking for a restorative class or a mellow flow Sonya is adaptable and an ever changing spirit of good energy! Her classes are enlightening, uplifting, strengthening and lots of fun. She’s attentive and has a fabulous memory- if you are injured at all, tell her! She’ll help you get yourself lined up and flowing without pain or frustration so you can still enjoy the class.
Go to Sonya, it’s that simple.
Go to Sonya when you need yoga and all will be well.
She’s the best.
—Betsy K. via Yelp
I really love how mindful and consistent Sonya’s instruction is, her yoga language is easy to understand and incorporate, so much attention is given to detail, connecting spirit and body, pushing yourself without hurting yourself. i’ve been taking Hatha Flow with her at Yoga Garden and it’s a joy! thanks a lot )
—xxx via Yelp
Sonya Genel is THE best thing for your body and mind. I have been in her yogic trance for about a year now as a regular student at Yoga Garden. I’m a fairly realist person with a bit of a closet hippie doing twirls on the inside. Sonya’s alignment focused practice that strongly links physical and mental intention is the best therapy for me. I have watched and felt my body transform as my heart and mind have opened to the incredible potential of my own self. Her teaching is a true gift, and I cannot express how thankful I am for it.
—Jacqueline P. via Yelp
I am a year and a few months into a Yoga practice and sometimes it is hard to know if you go to a variety of classes if you are doing things correctly. Sonya gives really specific instructions about alignment and is careful about safety. I appreciate her clarity of instruction. She is clear in her demonstrations and a joy to watch. While I am a beginner, her classes always include challenges for the more advanced students. She is excellent!
—lily k. via Yelp
“I have been attending Sonya Genel’s 12-1 Vinyasa class almost every day, and I have this to say about her and her classes: I LOVE them! This is why.
- Sonya is ALWAYS clear, concise, eloquent, and specific with her instructions.
- Sonya’s teaching and practice focuses on alignment, both physical and mental/spiritual, which is an incredible foundation for everything else we do in class.
- She never rushes through poses, but doesn’t go at a snail’s pace either – classes are always perfectly balanced between challenging, energetic, peaceful, and thought-provoking.
- She is just a total gem of a person and is so obviously dedicated to her practice, the class, her students, and making this world a better and more mindful place!
- Sonya’s dedication and unique, giving spirit create a safe space in every class she teaches for all students, of all levels and backgrounds.
As I mentioned in my first review, I am a teacher myself and therefore I come into any class with a heightened awareness of pedagogy and teaching practice. Sonya’s thoughtfulness, dedication, individual accommodations, preparedness and level of professionalism can set an example for any teacher of any discipline. She facilitates my own progress, as a physical and spiritual being, by helping me tune into my own teacher inside myself, which is the greatest gift any teacher could ever give me. I HIGHLY recommend Sonya as a yoga teacher to anyone who loves yoga – or even to anyone who doesn’t YET know that they could love it!”
—Toby Branz via Yelp