I am a 63 year old woman who has attended various yoga classes over the years since I was in my early 20's. Over the past several years, I have gone to Lakeside Yoga and
have had the great privilege to have had Nancy Doherty as my yoga instructor. She is by far the most outstanding yoga instructor I have come across.
She has the perfect pace, voice and expertise. For every class, she does a different routine and concentrates on strengthening and stretching different parts of our bodies. I always
leave fully relaxed and full of energy to take on the day.
Nancy's breathing techniques have gotten me through many challenges in my life from overcoming pain, reducing my high blood pressure and overcoming my fear of heights.
Nancy is not only an excellent instructor but her training as a yoga therapist is an extra bonus. There have been occasions that Nancy has helped me to relieve various aches and pains. She
is able to help you stretch and work out kinks in your neck, back, shoulders, etc. I highly recommend anyone interested in taking a yoga class to try one of Nancy's classes.
You will not be disappointed! She is truly an awesome person and instructor, and offers a wide variety of classes to meet your individual needs.
I want to thank you for all of the time you spent with us. You are very gifted at what you do.
Thank you for your [prenatal] class the last few months. They really helped throughout my labor!
(From Client Who Moved Out of Area) Please let me know how your online yoga has been working, and I would love to continue to work out with you - you are
by far the best instructor I've ever met! Thank you so much ... your yoga has helped me tremendously! From [stress related] problems to neck and shoulder pains from tension headaches and
previous car accident years ago. I truly believe the yoga has helped me over all!
Nancy is a five star rated yoga instructor. She matches perfectly a student's body needs with yoga and Pilates methodologies. Brilliant!
(Regarding classes at her office) Thank you for introducing me to yoga...its the best thing I
ever did. I feel so good!
(Regarding prenatal yoga) I found Nancy and Lakeside Yoga after deciding that I needed something
to help me prepare for giving birth, while at the same time finding my own bit of relaxation and fitness throughout
my pregnancy. I highly recommend Nancy's prenatal yoga class--it's ideal because it can be modified as you progress
and it teaches you to relax, breathe, and move deliberately with control. Every week after class, I felt so loose
and relaxed--a boon for both me and my husband, especially during the first and last trimesters! I also feel more
confident as my due date approaches that I will successfully birth my baby without any medication. I've spent almost
40 weeks preparing for the hardest and most rewarding work I'll ever do, and Nancy certainly helped each week.
The class is also awesome because it's a small group setting, so you get to discuss pregnancy issues and
commiserate with the other women. My only regret is that I haven't been able to attend class the last
couple weeks of my pregnancy. But at least I know that every time someone told me "Oh, you poor thing,
pregnancy can be so uncomfortable!" I just smile and say "Actually, I feel great and relaxed", it's because I
had my weekly fix of prenatal yoga at Lakeside.
(Regarding classes at her office) Love the fact that we can get an awesome workout at lunch without getting all sweaty.
Your classes are great! Am getting much stronger!
Nancy is a wonderful and highly trained fitness instructor. Regardless of your physical
condition, whether you are recovering from injuries, want to lose weight, get back in shape, or all of these,
she offers a wide variety of exercise options to meet ANY person's goals and needs. Her special talent is customizing
individual exercise programs incorporating Pilates, Yoga, and other exercise types to create Combo Fitness -
the best of many worlds. Nancy is a pleasure to work with. She makes physical fitness possible for everyone and fun.
(Regarding classes at her workplace) Thank you for running such a great yoga class! I really enjoy them.
I would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation for the interesting talk/demonstration
on exercise and yoga that you gave to our managerial staff yesterday. These annual workshops are meant to enlighten those attending,
and your informative presentation was clearly aligned with our goal. The important concept of exercise for health and fitness will be
sure to benefit all those present as they go about meeting the challenges we all face in our daily lives.
J. Ryan, Ed.D.
I feel less stress and more energy after class. I just feel healthier.
I started attending yoga and fitness/pilates classes at Nancy's studio almost a year ago and have
turned a new page in personal health and fitness thanks to her! I've never felt more fit or aware of my own body,
and I couldn't have done it without her calm reassurance, unquestionable level of expertise and undeniable committment
to the overall well-being of all her clients. I recommend her to all my friends telling them "Nancy will change your
life for the better!"
The prenatal yoga
classes really came in handy during my labor! Thank you so much!!!
Being able to practice yoga and pilates during my lunch hour at work has made me a happier more productive
person. I return from class no longer stressed out from the work day and I feel more energized ! These feelings not only last
the day but most of the week. Incorporating exercise into the work day is positive because it decreases stress that builds
throughout the work day and work week. Having outlet to address stress at work and be healthy in mind and body,
allows me to be better at my job and I feel happier in general.
I have always found your classes to be a great benefit.
Wonderful! Attentive and very helpful and
Very good experience!
Very good. I need more relaxation for myself.
Nice, very nice; liked so much.
Just thought I'd let you know that I recently
had a bone density test and was informed that there was great
improvement from the previous year's test which indicated I had bone
loss in my left hip. I totally attribute this improvement to
attending your yoga/pilates classes.
I am so grateful for your class. It has greatly
enhanced my experience working in Rockland County and introduced me
to a fitness class that also is a guide toward that which I have
been learning to find in my life - balance.
I really enjoyed Nancy's Netwalking event - it
was a unique way to meet people, answer questions that really made
me think about the direction of my business, and get exercise in a
beautiful park. As well, Nancy stopped us to do different stretches
that opened up my body. All in all, a very enjoyable and uplifting
You are an outrageous yoga therapist! I have told
lots of people about my great experiences in your studio.
Thanks again -- your classes have been
I always leave Nancy's studio feeling relaxed and
so much more in control of my health. She has a very gentle and
reassuring way about her. And I know from experience that she takes
her work to heart and puts a lot of time and energy into learning
all she can about how to help her clients with their individual
"issues". I wish I could clone her and have her visit me privately
Nancy is the best personal trainer I have
worked with. She assisted me with getting back in shape after a back
injury. She is extremely knowledgeable and was able to isolate all
my problem areas. She taught me modifications that would not
irritate my back injury. Overall, I experienced results, enjoyed my
workouts and learned valuable skills.
Nancy is a yoga and Pilates instructor and so much
more. She helped me get back into a rigorous workout, with clear
objectives - painlessly - after my last neck injury. She has a very
nice studio with skylights and wooden floors - and a great selection
of music. Very private. And she's very down to earth - no mumbo
jumbo. When she travels to client's offices, she is on time and
extremely professional. I would not hesitate to recommend Nancy as a
trainer in a corporate setting. You will find she is an expert in
her field and very personable.
One of the best kept secrets in Rockland is
Lakeside Yoga and Fitness. Since joining Nancy?s classes I have seen
my core strengthened and my body has slimmed down, and I have been
very healthy for the past 2 years since joining this program. I feel
fit and healthy and love coming to these classes!
I really enjoyed your class - it was the bright
spot in my hugely pregnant week. :)
Nancy is awesome in every way! Works great with
both groups as well as one on one. She knows her field inside and
I have known Nancy for several years, and she is
always receiving accolades for her work. She is very creative in her
business ideas, starting the great Netwalking in Rockland County,
the opportunity to network and exercise at the same time. She is
devoted to her profession by continuing to attend instructional
arenas to build her knowledge and ability to provide quality
services to her clients.
I really have enjoyed my classes with you. I'm
not much on gyms or crowded studios, so I've so enjoyed working out
in your private studio. It's very beautiful, and I especially like
the view from the skylight when I'm working on my abs! Looking
forward to my next class.
[regarding prenatal yoga] I will be in touch when
the baby arrives!! Thank you for such a wonderful class ~ I really
My husband and I had been trying to get
pregnant for a couple years. I took Nancy's Yoga for Fertility class
and really enjoyed it. I did all the "homework" she gave me too. I
am now 10 weeks pregnant and will soon be taking my first prenatal
yoga class at Lakeside. Thank you!
Nancy's demeanor is what you would want in a
personal trainer if you have a body that needs to get in shape. She
is incredibly knowledgeable about the body and its workings so that
she can structure the workout that is perfect for your needs. I
highly recommend contacting her if you are looking to work with
someone who will give you the individual care and attention needed
to see improvement and success.
I am personally so grateful that we have the
Yoga classes in the workplace. I like the convenience of taking the
classes during lunchtime. I wouldn't be able to take yoga if the
classes were after work. My schedule at home would conflict.
The stretches have helped all parts of my body,
especially my lower back. Each week I'm able to extend the stretches
a little further. At first I could't roll up from a laying position
and now I can. When we do a lot of the stomach exercises, I can feel
the difference. I wish I had more time at home to repeat the
exercises. So, when we have it twice a week, that really helps. The
ten minutes of meditation at the end of the session is a power nap
for me. I am able to completely relax, and release stress. It's a
wonderful feeling. I would recommend these classes to anyone who
wants to self improve their bodies and their mind.
I found the class very enjoying. I was able to do
things I never thought I could.
I enjoy the calmness and the good feeling during
and after class. Your presentation puts me at ease.
I began taking Pilates classes at Lakeside Yoga
and Fitness in an effort to increase strength and improve my
flexibility. After a few classes I asked Nancy to change the focus
of our sessions to fertility. My husband and I had been trying to
get pregnant for about 6 months with no luck. The yoga for fertility
classes helped me to learn much needed relaxation techniques. Nancy
also taught me different yoga positions that could be used to
promote blood flow to my reproductive system. After a few months of
classes I was happy to report that I would need to switch over to
prenatal yoga classes. Nancy has created a warm and inviting
atmosphere that allows me to relax and feel centered. I now look
forward to going to prenatal yoga each week just as I looked forward
to going to the yoga for fertility classes.
Prenatal yoga was a great class because I was
able to get some exercise for my body and mind as well as relaxation
during my pregnancy. I also learned some useful techniques to help
me during labor.
Mommy and Me yoga is a terrific class for many
reasons. I am getting much needed post-partum exercise and
relaxation as well as time to interact with my baby outside my
house. The class is great for my son because it gets him active by
giving him exercise, and it teaches him important physical skills.
Nancy is an instructor who creates an atmosphere
of confidence and warmth from her initial greeting to each person
who enters her class to the moment she wishes each participant peace
and wellness at the conclusion of the session.
Her demeanor is kindhearted, and she is
knowledgeable about various types of yoga and easily moves her
students through each position explaining in understandable terms
how to "get there." We are encouraged to do only as much as feels
comfortable as Nancy offers modified positions that may be used.
Additionally, her guided meditation and relaxation segment is one
that all who take her class look forward to.
I became interested in Prenatal Yoga because
I've never been a flexible person and I wanted desperately to
exercise throughout my pregnancy. Yoga is ideal because it can be
modified as you progress and it teaches you to relax, breathe, and
move deliberately with control. Every evening after yoga, when Nancy
guided me through the meditation and relaxation phase of the
program, I felt so loose and relaxed. I also felt more confident as
my due date approached in that I knew I had a good alternative for
pain relief medication. I learned how to open up my pelvis,
strengthen my pelvic floor, and RELAX AND BREATHE. While pregnant
you have 40 weeks (give or take a few) to prepare for the hardest
(and most rewarding) work you'll ever do.
Nancy is so 'body perceptive' she sees what my
joints and muscles will be capable of doing in the next posture, how
limber I am that morning, and then adapts the exercise accordingly.
She is so completely conscious of me in the moment, it's almost like
she's a sympathetic string for the instrument that is my (previously
unfit) body. I always feel 100% better after leaving her studio by
the lake. And the effects last for several days. I used to live in
my head and treated my body pretty much as transportation. Now I
feel good -- no, great -- in my skin!
I want you to know how great we have been
feeling, and Friday's class was awesome!!
I will be out of town and will miss today and next
Tuesday's sessions. I am letting you know because I did not want you
to think I was dropping out...I am loving it. You are great at
imparting a real sense of relaxation...not just the postures, but I
feel you are right there with us. I have not always had that
experience with other instructors. So, I can't wait until I resume
when I return. Many, many thanks,