ON SANGEETA'S "YOGA, MEDICAL ASTROLOGY AND SOUND HEALING" CLASS ~  VASSAR COLLEGE (2011-2012)

 

The class has been wonderful, a precious and deep experience for me, and I look forward to it every week.  I appreciate the gentleness of the class and its inwardness.  I have been able to relax profoundly in the classes and feel connected to my deepest self.  The use of sound has been special.  (...) Being with Sangeeta as she teaches is an inspiration.
Beth Darlington ~ Professor, English Department

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Sangeeta’s class is very different from other classes I have taken. There is more start and stop: do a pose and then rest, and often collapse into the rest. It is, basically, amazing! I have found the twists, the stretches, the crawling, the running and, particularly, the resting with the tuning forks to be wonderfully restorative and energizing. 

Lucy Lewis Johnson ~ Professor, Anthropology

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Yoga with Sangeeta has been a wonderful experience. She is so very real and genuine; she is loving and kind, nurturing and totally devoted to her practice and to sharing her experience with others. (...) Because of this class, I have begun travel on a spiritual path so new to me and so very rewarding. The practice has totally enhanced my life! I have become so much more aware of my body…and my ‘self’. I believe I am better prepared to deal with stress and annoying little habits.   I am reminded of the practice in everyday situations…am I sitting up straight at my desk? Do I have a favorable expression on my face? I choose to have positive thoughts. I am a Christian and find the practice brings me closer to my God. I leave each session feeling grateful and at peace.

Carol Jarvis ~ Music Department Administrative Assistant

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The classes were excellent for relieving stress and tension, for concentration, for limbering up all the participant’s bodies. (...) Sangeeta’s classes were well-organized and progressive, yet always accessible to both beginner and advanced students alike. One class, in particular, focused on breathing and had many ideas that were fresh and revelatory to me – ideas which I intend to introduce in my teaching of breathing in singing.

Robert Osborne ~ Professor, Music Department

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Having taken yoga off and on for more than twenty years from several instructors of varying ages, experience and yoga training, I can say with certainty that Sangeeta’s class has taught me what I consider the purest form of yoga. By pure, I mean she is the closest to what I believe the original yogis intended the practice to teach: discipline, focus, and communion of the body, mind and spirit. Sangeeta brilliantly articulated relevant terminology and historical background in a way that tantalized but did not overwhelm. She is a strong and gifted teacher, able to take a very difficult and broad subject and give it life and meaning. She has left me wanting to continue my yoga practice and learn more about the culture and people behind this ancient art.

Janice Fischlein, Class of 1991
Associate Director of Reunion Giving (Retired)

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I have enjoyed the privilege of taking this course with Sangeeta Laura Biagi for the last two semesters. Even after the first session I learned fun, energetic and deeply rewarding elements of the ancient practice of yoga. Sangeeta Biagi embodies every good thing about a skilled teacher, making something as ancient and complicated as yoga feel completely accessible. As a bonus, she is one of the most loving spirits I have ever met. Her personality is at once soothing and inspiring.

To say I have felt graced by this class is almost an understatement. I am not an experienced practitioner and I found Sangeeta’s approach to teaching very welcoming to me. (...)  I have learned so much with Sangeeta, things that I have been able to incorporate in to a personal practice such as simple but effective yoga stretches and poses, and the use of tuning forks and sound as a part of relaxation and healing. Thank you!

Dayle Rebelein

Administrative Assistant, Education Department

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Sangeeta’s class was different from the start than any other class I have taken. Learning the prayer/chants to open and close the class was something new for me that I found very uplifting and inspiring. I love the sound of the Sanskrit words on my tongue and the melodies, which I try my best to follow. Sangeeta’s teaching of the movements and postures is also different for me, much softer, with time for exploration and always stressing awareness, breath and ease. These movements and postures always feel very good, nourishing for my body and soul and are often challenging though very well-paced. I also love the movements that incorporate sound and the coordination exercises. These are fun and energizing.

Finally, the relaxation towards the end of class is an opportunity to rest deeply with the sound of the tuning forks providing an otherworldly experience and the essential oils also penetrating deep into my consciousness. I find Sangeeta’s teaching to be lighthearted, loving, gentle and deeply encouraging. At the end of class I feel renewed, refreshed and very grateful to have such a class available. Thank you!

Toni Lacativa Farkas

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I registered for Sangeeta's Monday class. Almost two hours of physical exercise together with chanting and relaxation. But not only. The class was also a university course on yoga, during which Sangeeta, with her perfect English -- her choice of wording was always new and surprising -- and soothing voice would tell us about the link between our bodies and minds, or souls if you wish (both minds and souls, since her yoga is all about what you feel, not about imposing a point of view). I was looking to it every single time, the most enjoyable yoga class I have ever had, two hours of pure heaven. Namaste, Sangeeta. 

Roberta Antognini

Associate Professor in Italian Studies