The You Can Do It Yoga Center
105 C Page Avenue, Staten Island ~ 718-966-YOGA
In 2000 Larissa was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She couldn’t walk, run or stand without support. A friend told her that she should try yoga. She was not sure if she would be able to practice yoga. She attended a gentle yoga class where she met Denise, her first yoga instructor. Denise had been practicing yoga for a few years and had just completed her certification at the Integral Yoga Institute in New York City. She was teaching her “first official yoga class” on the day we met. Larissa hobbled into Denise's class with her cane, sat on her mat, and there our friendship and journey began. This was the birth of You Can Do It Yoga For MS™ and the future You Can Do It Yoga Center!
Larissa attended Denise’s gentle yoga class twice a week. She began to see and feel the difference that a regular yoga practice was making in her battle with MS. Denise noticed the changes as well; improved muscle strength, increased balance, concentration, improved breathing and hope. Eventually Larissa got rid of her cane, could stand up on her own, and came to the realization that she had connected to a power that could transform her life.
Together we are living our dream of spreading the message of hope and peace that a regular yoga practice can bring to all people! WE ARE SO GRATEFUL!!!
The You Can Do It Yoga Center has become a space where local residents gather to raise money for local and worldwide charities. In the last 2 years we have raised over $50,000 for various organizations including, American Cancer Society, National MS Society, Michaels Cause, NY Cares, Africa Yoga Project, Off the Mat into the World, Help Hope Live, Hurricane Sandy Christmas Drive and ongoing effort relief. We look forward to continuing our fundraising efforts through our yoga practice and with our yoga community; taking our practice off the mat and into the world. Namaste!!
As seen on NBC's Today New York and NY 1 News!
Denise and Larissa on NY 1 News
Larissa on NBC's Today New York