Words From Our Graduates
We have offered this program in Saratoga Springs since 2005. We recently celebrated our 100th class and over 3000 graduates in Saratoga Springs! Here’s what some of of our students have to say about their experiences:
What I’ve loved most about this program is that I’ve learned to stop and feel all that is going on inside me prior to reacting. I had a wonderful experience and learned things I can use the rest of my life.
As a result of this program, I am more present. I have a regular yoga practice followed by meditation. This program brought me back in touch with my true being during a period of time when I felt I had lost it.
Meditation has become part of my daily routine. I’m beginning to watch what I put into my body and I’m exercising more. I consciously breathe more in stressful situations. I forgive myself a little more quickly. If I judge myself, I’ve developed a response system to reassure myself of my own worth.
I enjoyed everything about this program! Gaining awareness (and the meaning of it). The extensive workbook was full of information that helped keep me on track and I loved the CDs – I am hooked on your voices, which calm me down and prepare me for meditation. I also enjoyed learning about the neuroscience of stress and how our brains process emotions and behaviors.
I notice that I’m a lot more even-keel, that I worry a lot less about what others think about my “performance” in life. I also eat a lot more slowly and drive slower. This program has helped my relationship.
Every day I draw on the knowledge and techniques I learned at SSRP. I’m feeling as good physically as I ever have, and I’m off blood pressure medication completely. Plus, I’ve become kinder and more patient — with myself and with others. Thank you for running such a great program.
I am now able to be calm in rush hour traffic! I am also aware when I’m not being mindful, when my mind starts racing, and I’m able to bring myself back to the moment.
Over the last few weeks I have found safety in my own breath. I have reconnected with my inner voice. Anxiety will always be a part of me, washing over me like waves in an ocean. But instead of fearing it and sinking to the bottom, I am learning to embrace it as a part of me, to let the waves come and go while I float without struggling.
A gigantic THANK YOU for the amazing work you do… after the stress reduction clinic I was able to travel overseas for 10 days… And I know without a doubt I wouldn’t have been able to, had I not gone through the SSRP. I’m so much more aware of how my body responds to outside influences. All just because I learned how to breathe. So simple. So easy. So powerful.
I enjoyed learning how to meditate and how it affects the mind — and that it is possible, through mindfulness meditation, to change the pathways in my brain.
I noticed that over the past several weeks my anxiety level has decreased. I find myself trying to recognize when I’m not being mindful and I’m trying to make it a habit to stay in the moment and not think about all the things I have to do — or all the what-ifs.