Client Testimonials

Here’s what clients say about how SomaYoga Therapy has lessened their pain and improved their quality of life:


For years, I have struggled with significant stiffness and pain related to arthritis. My neck pulls to one side, I have trouble moving my shoulders and pain radiates all the way down to my knees and lower legs.

Elen helped me identify how tightness in my shoulders and pelvis were contributing to my pain and loss of movement. Working with small movements, in SomaYoga, I’ve learned to move into the pain in small ways to begin to retrain my muscles and joints to respond differently.

After six sessions, I have much more flexibility, and have significantly decreased my pain. I’ve been able to go back to activities I love like long walks with my dog and moving through my days with very little discomfort.

Lumbar Discs

I was injured and spent some time in recovery. When I first met Elen I had just emerged from the walker and was moving in a pretty tentative way. I have now been working with her for about a year and a half. We began with my participation in her SomaYoga class twice per week. After several months, we supplemented that with weekly personal sessions for about two months, then returned to twice weekly classes.

In the last six months, I have walked more than 1,000 miles. I am averaging 45 miles per week. She has taught me about posture and strength and balance (well, physical balance; I still have trouble with the emotional kind). She is supportive, kind, directional and sensitive. SomaYoga in general and Elen in particular have been key to building the strength and agility that help me enjoy life.

Neck & Shoulder Pain

I have had neck and shoulder pain for many years, and have had migraines at increasing frequencies for the past two years or so. I have benefited in the past from other body work and therapies but still had pain.

My work with Elen has helped me in several ways. My posture and alignment have improved a lot and my neck feels longer and straighter. I now have tools I can use that directly address whatever is bothering me, whether it is an approaching headache, a stiff neck, or shoulder stiffness.

I am not pain free, but I can usually address headaches before they turn into migraines, and my posture, energy level, pain and mood have all improved as a result of practicing SomaYoga. I practice it every morning as well as continuing to take classes. Elen is a wonderful teacher,and I am grateful for the impact SomaYoga has had on my life.

Neuropathy & Sciatica

After many chronic pain maladies including foot numbness (inability to walk 1/4 mile) and sciatica, I had six sessions with an orthology clinic. I got some relief but still suffered with numbness and pain. I went to my physician who referred me to physical therapy.

After treatment, the numbness and burning sensations in my toes, foot and legs continued, as did sciatica.

I received an announcement of a yoga practice, SomaYoga, dealing with walking patterns, spinal and pelvic alignment. My teacher, Elen, was able to listen to how I described the pain and quickly discovered that the pains were interconnected. As I’ve become more aware of how to engage the tight muscles in specific areas of my body, it’s been incredible for my recovery.

SomaYoga got me back on my feet within a month and I’m back to walking 4-5 miles a day.

Explore this type of pain relief in your own life. Contact us today to set up your assessment appointment.