The class is not traditional yoga, but rather focused on building core strength, and re-aligning the body thrown off by the demands of modern life.
I’ve been taking classes with Doris for more than 5 years – a feat for someone like myself who bounced around across various classes and exercise routines. I’ve become a regular because Doris has a truly inspiring teaching style and a constantly fresh approach to the discipline of yoga. The class is not traditional yoga, but rather focused on building core strength, and re-aligning the body thrown off by the demands of modern life. Her techniques are unique, well-informed by her years of teaching and knowledge of the body, and the constant innovations bring endless fun to each class! Each time I leave her class I feel re-set and centered, and more aware of my own body. I give credit to Doris’s teaching for my ability to bounce back quickly from kidney stone issues, knee injuries and the recent birth of my daughter at 51 years old. I consider this class a foundation of my hard-won self care routine. Thank you Doris!
I have no back pain, better posture and that I now measure a full 1/2 inch taller!
Doris is the best yoga teacher I have come across in my 16 years of practicing yoga. Her knowledge of the human body is amazing and her instructions are very clear which is key to doing poses correctly. I have been going to her for 7 years, and I always, always walk out feeling much better and stronger than when I walked in. I fully credit Doris for the fact that I have no back pain, better posture and that I now measure a full 1/2 inch taller than I did 7 years ago!
All the movements are based on keeping the mid-line of the body activated.
Dear Planet Granite Management: please be aware of the wonderful teacher, Doris Palmer. All of your yoga teachers at Planet Granite are wonderful, but Doris is able to delivery the early morning incentive and zest that gets us through the day! Doris runs an exceptional program that is almost clinical in its structure. All the movements are based on keeping the mid-line of the body activated. She creates an environment that is very professional for all students to benefit. We are so blessed to have her as an instructor.
Both my orthopedist and my chiropractor are amazed at the improvements I’ve made by attending Doris’s class.
Doris is amazing! I’ve been a regular in her Belmont yoga class for years, and it has literally changed my life. I’m older and have had a number of injuries/health issues and Doris has helped me realign my body, strengthen my core, and improve my posture. Both my orthopedist and my chiropractor are amazed at the improvements I’ve made by attending Doris’s class. She is knowledgeable, patient, humorous and devoted to her practice and students. In class she’s constantly on the move adjusting and aligning her students as they attempt to master her positions. I’ve learned how important my hip flexors and lateral muscles are in keeping the upper and lower body working in sync and most importantly to persevere, to keep an open mind, and to try new exercises and movements that she introduces. I’m truly a believer, and will continue to keep Doris’ practice a priority in my daily life.
I am a faster and more efficient runner, and by far a more efficient climber.
Doris is a wizard! After a severe spinal injury left me wondering if I’d ever be able to walk normally again (let alone run/hike/climb/ski), and physical therapy wasn’t doing much to help, I found Doris. I am thankful every day for her. I can’t fully describe how much her class and methods have done for me. I am stronger now than I ever was before. I am a faster and more efficient runner, and by far a more efficient climber. She has given me balance, strength, and the knowledge and ability to engage my muscles as they were designed to be used. I feel like I am well on my way to having a “fully functional 360-degree core” as she says. She is tough, and her class will crush you. But, it is worth every second. Thank you, Doris!
My movements have improved tremendously!
Doris Yoga is a highlight in my week! And I feel the positive effects for 1-2 days after. For the first time someone is paying detailed attention to my entire musculoskeletal system and giving me exercises that work. I’ve been training with Doris for a month now, after my friend told me that Doris Yoga helped her regain height! That’s right. She’s measuring 1 inch taller now consistently (not a one off data point) at the doctor’s office. Doris discovered immediately that my right hip flexors are weaker, spotted the gaps in my abs and lats and helped me strengthen them in this short period of time. I have much to work on and train but already see the incredible effects. My movements have improved tremendously! Running is easier, dancing is much more fun. Smoother, more range of motion and freer. She’s picky like an old-school ballet teacher who comes around and really does the micro adjustments, the slight pivoting of the heel that makes the world of a difference. She is devoted and not focused on herself. I’ve seen many yoga teachers show off their gorgeous poses but don’t move around to help the newbies. She’s devoted to her students’ successes and celebrates the small wins from day 1. I’m not surprised that she has many, many followers! I’ve become one of them.
“360 degree core”
Doris is a phenomenon. She’s a wizard; a medicine woman. She is able to teach anyone and everyone plenty of new tricks, because she has never stopped making new discoveries herself. Thanks to Doris I learned that your core involves your psoas (connecting your trunk to your legs), and that your “360 degree core” (a term I now love) involves your lats in a big way. What does that mean concretely? It cured my neck pain at my desk job; it cured my long-standing shoulder pain while swimming and climbing; and it cured my hip pain while hiking. It’s not an exaggeration to say she has helped me turn back the clock 10 years on this 40-something body of mine. I don’t mean my looks (although let’s claim a 2-3 year rollback on that, too), I mean how alive and capable and pain free I feel. The value is beyond gold. Strength and vitality makes everything in life better.