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From Illness to Vibrant Health: The Story of Cyndi Roberts Yoga

By Marina Jokic

Cyndi Roberts is the proud founder of Cyndi Roberts Yoga and co-owner of Zen: Body + Mind Wellness Center, both located in West Hartford, Connecticut. Having spent twelve years battling depression and anxiety as well as facing diabetes and liver failure, Roberts knew that she had exhausted conventional solutions. Cyndi Roberts Yoga was born out of her battle for life and health. Roberts imparts her knowledge to her students through teaching one-on-one therapeutic yoga.

A blend of restorative yoga poses using various props, gentle stretching, breathing, sound therapy, aromatherapy, and self-discipline, therapeutic yoga aspires to teach compassion, awareness, and deep emotional intelligence. Caught in the never-ending whirlwind of daily life, it has become almost impossible to be truly present in our own lives.

First and foremost, Roberts says, yoga can help in quieting the mind and bringing us into the present moment. Indeed, the psychological benefits of yoga are many, and also manifest themselves in physical wellness. Yoga "calms the nervous system to reduce stress, quiets the mind, strengthens the mind-body connection, teaches mindfulness and present moment awareness," Roberts says. In addition, yoga has been shown to aid in improving joint and bone health, immune response, circulatory and organ functions, increasing lung capacity, and boosting overall mood and health.

"When we come away from our natural state of peace, the body becomes unbalanced," explains Roberts. Conventional medicine has confirmed the deleterious effects of stress on the body. A cycle of stress and anxiety can lead to serious health problems such as obesity, heart disease, and depression. A veteran of clinical depression and obesity herself, Roberts knows the intractable nature of these malaises. Having been misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder, frequenting multiple hospitals and clinics, and placed on a cocktail of medication, Roberts felt she was sinking even deeper into despair. Having reached her breaking point, she decided to turn to yoga.

Using yoga, meditation, and balanced nutrition helped Roberts break out of her depression, which in turn helped her lose weight, restore her organ functions to normal, and begin to live her life again.

"To say I am passionate about healthy living is an understatement; I've devoted my life to sharing the knowledge and lived experience I gained on my journey back to health to try to help others find the same relief," emphasizes Roberts. A well-tailored holistic health program can also be used to alleviate chronic conditions such as arthritis, back pain, digestive issues, insomnia, fatigue, asthma, high blood pressure, pulmonary issue, migraines, and sciatica among others. "As the tension and stress levels are reduced, the natural healing powers of the body take over, bringing balance, health and wellbeing back to the body, mind and spirit," remarks Roberts.

Choosing to be a personal yoga instructor and working with students one-on-one was an easy decision for Roberts as she wanted to give her undivided attention to each client. "It's easy for students to get lost in the crowd in large group classes, and to barely scratch the surface of the benefits that yoga can bring to one's life," she describes. Teaching one-on-one lessons allows her to help students make profound changes in their lives by developing holistic wellness plans custom to their specific needs.

For more info visit www.yogawithcr.com.

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