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The Yoga Pro Podcast

Jun 15, 2022

It can be traumatic when you get a medical diagnosis that will change your life. Sonya Chapnick had that experience.   In this episode, she talks about how she uses yoga and rest to ease suffering around that for herself and her yoga therapy clients.

Sonya is a certified yoga therapist with more than three decades of training and experience in a variety of yoga disciplines. She teaches a breath-centered practice and believes in the power of slowing down as a key to health and overall wellbeing.

Her specialties include customized classes for older adults, people dealing with persistent pain, injury, or the grief process, and programs for the visually impaired.  She is the founder yoga gently and is a member of the faculty for the Optimal State Yoga Therapy School, and has been featured in Healthy Aging online magazine and the documentary “Yoga Therapy for Life”.


-Sonya’s yoga journey

-What drew her to one particular lineage

-The traumatic event of getting a diagnosis you don’t understand

-How yoga helped her manage the stress of her diagnosis

-The importance of the breath in nervous system regulation

-Sonya shares her favorite breath practice

-How to find time to breathe and rest

-The responsibility of putting your health and wellbeing first

-How Sonya empowers clients to overcome their suffering

-Trusting your inner wisdom and the divine

-Building trust with your clients 

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Connect with Sonya:


The Importance of Rest with Octavia Raheem Episode link


How to Build a Successful Yoga Business with Amy Wheeler


Sonya’s Interview on Amy Wheeler’s Yoga Therapy Today podcast


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Music:  The State of Things (The Bouncy Song) by Rena Wren is used with permission.