About Sybil Merriman, E-RYT

2014-06-11 10.53.30I work with individuals and groups to help them move with greater ease and learn to love themselves and life more fully.  Some people come to me because they want to be more flexible, others are interested in being able to pick up their grandchildren, and many are interested in being more calm and peaceful at work and at home.  I have many clients who deal with health challenges that make it difficult to get onto the floor, and several who want to stand on their heads.  No matter the goal, we focus on learning how to cultivate presence and peace that last far beyond our time together.

Originally drawn to the physical practice of Yoga for the flexibility and strength it gave me, I soon discovered the power of meditation, yoga philosophy and self-inquiry.   I’ve been teaching since 2010, when I started a weekly chair yoga class at the Newport Senior Center.  Since then, I’ve led workshops, worked with private clients and taught a wide variety of classes in Oregon, and now in my home state of Connecticut.  I like including both repetition and variety in my classes, which are focused on precise alignment, breath awareness, mindfulness, and having fun!

Recently, I have started combining my love of travel with yoga, leading local and international yoga retreats. You can often find me with my head buried in a book, hands busy with knitting, exploring hiking trails, or dancing West Coast Swing.



What are the Benefits of Yoga?

For over 5000 years, Yoga masters have developed and refined brilliant techniques for treating mental, physical and spiritual disorders and disease. You don’t need to be in a state of dis-ease to receive the benefits of yoga. Yoga postures, breath control and meditation are great for athletic conditioning, increased body awareness, improved balance, strength, stability, and flexibility.

Skillful application and consistent practice of Yoga can reduce the symptoms and underlying causes of such common ailments as:

  • PTSD
  • High/Low Blood Pressure
  • Back Pain
  • Diabetes
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Panic Disorder
  • Addiction
  • Chronic Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Obesity
  • Lethargy
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PMS
  • Cystic Fibrosis