For the past six months, I’ve been taking weekly private sessions with Rose Moran — customized classes combining Foundation Training, yoga and core strengthening exercises. Rose Moran has always been my sister’s favorite yoga teacher at Yoga Blend, but I have autoimmune conditions that are greatly affected by things like room temperature, something I couldn’t control by attending a group yoga class.
Rose offered to specify a private class to meet my health needs — a cool room, no pressure points on my veins damaged from my autoimmune disease, etc. And because Rose is a self-proclaimed “anatomy geek,” her knowledge of the human body is outstanding.
At my first private session, Rose told me we were going to learn together. She said she had never taught someone like me who is in severe chronic pain and has so many triggers that can set off an immune system attack, but she was confident that if I communicated to her what did and didn’t work, we would come up with a good exercise routine together.
Rose also told me not to feel self-conscious or worried about messing up, to just think of our sessions as being two friends exercising together and hanging out. That immediately relaxed me and she was absolutely right — every time we exercise together it is full of giggles and joy. I so look forward to our weekly sessions together.
But don’t get me wrong: Rose is not an easy, laissez-faire teacher! We may giggle throughout our sessions, but she is also incredibly tough and supremely strict about posture and form. Which I LOVE because I never have to worry about getting hurt. Rose watches every single minuscule muscle twinge like a hawk, making sure that I’m always in perfect postural alignment.
I feel so much stronger and so much more comfortable in my body since taking private classes with Rose. I immediately felt my muscles start to firm — after only the first session. Plus I stand taller and with so much more confidence — it’s amazing the difference it makes to straighten my spine and raise my chest, standing as tall and powerful as can be.
Rose has focused a lot of exercises on increasing my circulation in order to heal damage from my autoimmune disease. And I definitely feel it working. Since starting my sessions with Rose, I’ve increasingly felt able to do more in my daily life.
Rose has also created a comprehensive list of exercises designed specifically for my particular health needs that I do in between my weekly sessions with her. And I love that she’s given that list to me so that I can now safely exercise on my own and improve my circulation and strength between sessions. It’s made such a difference. I love knowing that Rose cares about my health and well-being on the six days of the week between our classes. And that she always pushes me to do my homework, which has such a significant impact on my day-to-day life.