Praise

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What makes Dorie such a unique yoga teacher is that she teaches with such an open heart and from a place of non-judgement. Whether you are attempting handstand for the 10,000th time or still rotating a twist in the wrong direction, you can count on Dorie to guide you with love, compassion and patience. I love, too, how she brings her sense of humor into class—each practice guaranteed to end with a chuckle and a smile! As a yoga teacher, and as a person...Dorie ‘walks the walk.’
— Anonymous Chicago-based yoga student
I had been doing yoga for 16 years when I started The Bowspring Method just over a year ago. I am stronger, more focussed and challenged by the dynamism and integrity of the new posture. And I love to wag my tail!
— Lisa Futterman, chicago yoga student
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From doing weekly Bowspring privates with Dorie, I immediately noticed the difference in my balance and posture. I am an older woman who still horseback rides and competes in dressage. The bowspring yoga is not just studio poses. It is applicable to all sports as well as standing sitting and walking. It is all about alignment and balance . Now I sit and walk tall, shoulders back, breathing more deeply and an with an open chest. I can even stand on one foot. Dorie is a wonderful teacher. Knowledgeable, supportive and great fun.

- Barbara Levinson - private yoga student


I have been very fortunate to begin my yoga practice with Dorie. Previous attempts in various classes have resulted in back pain so I was very concerned about trying again. Dorie quickly determined that my form would likely cause pain. I committed to working with her until I could feel confident that my form would keep me safe in class. Since then, I’ve found so much value in private sessions that I’ve chosen to continue our work together. Not only has she helped me with form, she has also helped me identify how my overachieving, perfectionistic tendencies influence my practice. She has helped me begin to take a more compassionate approach, one that helps in my life off of the mat as well, not to mention that my severe, tension headaches are virtually nonexistent. Dorie is caring, committed AND a lot of fun! I highly recommend working with her. ”

— Carol - Chicago,  private yoga student

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“For many reasons, I had decided it was time to bring yoga into my life. I wasn’t sure how to start, and then I was put into contact with Dorie and all was well. Dorie has helped me in so many ways....she has not only shown me the physical movements of yoga, but she has shared with me the ways to treat myself and focus myself while doing it. None of this would have happened if I was one of 12 in a class, so while it was an investment financially, it has been the best investment in myself that I could have made. I am so grateful for having met Dorie and for having benefited from her amazing one-on-one teaching.”

Cheri - Chicago,  private yoga student
Yoga in the workplace reduces stress and improves mental clarity. Like a throw rug, when we are constantly being used to insulate peoples’ next steps, we accumulate dirt and unwanted particles. Yoga is like we
have taken our rugs out to be shaken in the fresh air, so they can work more effectively after they have been put back in to position.

I have noticed positive changes in my body, since doing Yoga regularly at work.

Being that my job is physically and mentally demanding, Dorie’s Yoga instruction has helped me conduct a more healthy work-day.
— Gina P. - corporate yoga student
I feel the bow/spring method is really attainable for anyone which is what I love about it. I like that I am building strength (and flexibility) more in my “safe ranges”, then at my limits, which has gotten me in trouble in the past with how flexible I am. I love learning and practicing with you
— Hillary Ossakow - Chicago, yoga student
Bow - Spring. Wow what an amazing experience! More grounded strength, more space between my hips and my ribs. Dorie guided me to a new space within my body- a space that allowed more room to move, to breath and to balance. A physical shift with just one session. Yes!
— Diana Jewel Stewart, Chicago, yoga student
I just wanted to share that from doing Bowspring throughout the month of August and learning so much more about it, I feel really, really good. In fact, I haven’t touched my foam roller at all (upper back) and when I sleep my hips and legs do not ache like they did from June to the start of August. I am more mindful of my posture and I just feel all around stronger. ~I feel more grounded physically in my power and even mentally. My heart feels more full.~ This reminds me of something similar to what you said in class and it’s true!
— Lisa Bracker - Chicago, yoga student and CPS Teacher