Victor Barbetti, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist and Co-Founder of the Village Center for Holistic Therapy
As a psychologist and yoga practitioner who sees the value of a regular yoga practice to support treatment and a healthy lifestyle, I highly recommend my clients to Francesca. In addition to helping to grow our yoga therapy program, she supported clients who were suffering from depression, anxiety, restlessness or substance use. Francesca has a unique combination of training and knowledge of psychology, yoga and other healing modalities to support clients undergoing psychotherapy and who may be seeking a holistic approach to wellness.
Tara Friedensohn, Licensed Massage Therapist, Owner at Radiant Body Massage
Francesca is one of those rare and wonderful people who is ever-evolving. She is playful and positive, but does not shy away from digging deep and doing the work. These qualities are reflected in both her personal and professional life. In our one and one yoga session I was struck by her ability to listen deeply and work the session specifically around what I was feeling that day. It is clear she has a profound understanding of the mind and body connection. This is reflected in the depth of her sessions.
Jamie Capozzoli, 25, Consultant; Yoga Therapy Client
I would highly recommend working with Francesca, as her passion for yoga and her personable nature are extremely helpful when it comes to being a new and growing student trying to build a fun, safe and effective practice. I had been interested in yoga for some time, but was never sure where or how to start and did not want to walk into a class knowing nothing and risk injuring myself. I decided it would be beneficial to start private sessions to ensure I would learn poses in the correct way and have the freedom to ask questions. Francesca made me feel comfortable with myself and my new practice, encouraging me to ask questions and showing me proper technique so I felt confident practicing at home. It didn't take long for me to gain the confidence I needed to start attending yoga classes on my own. It has now been about 5 months since I started working with Francesca and I not only go to yoga classes on my own, but I have continued to build my practice with her help in private sessions, constantly learning and challenging myself with new and more difficult poses.
I have been struggling with sciatica-like pain for at least 5 months. I started yoga with another instructor in hopes of finding relief, but without success and the pain still lingered. I would experience temporary relief, but the pain always returned by nightfall. It was difficult and painful to ride in the car for any length of time or even stay seated for more than 30 minutes. I began yoga with Francesca 6 weeks ago and have found significant relief which is longer lasting. My pain decreases with each yoga session. It is not 100 percent resolved, but I would estimate 90 percent! Thank you!
The thing that impressed me most about Francesca is how she reiterates each and every time I have practiced with her that "this is your practice," get to know your body, know what feels good, and is right for YOU! This is so important to remember! She truly loves what she does and it shows!
Jill, 42; Private Yoga Client
Francesca started coming to my home for personal yoga sessions when was under a lot of stress and it was manifesting itself in very visible ways externally and internally. Francesca took a lot of time to listen to my issues, and design a yoga plan just for ME. I was not in the right frame of mind to attend a class, and I really liked the serenity and privacy of my back yard. Many people have commented on the changes they have seen in my overall manner, my outlook, and even my shape. I feel stronger, body and soul. I am so very happy I chose Francesca to help me learn the practice of yoga – and I am still only at the beginning! I look forward to each lesson as I achieve new things each time she teaches me. Her relaxation techniques help me long after my session is over.
Truly as good as it gets - and then some! Francesca is amazing. She has the rare gift of making her group classes seem like private classes. She has a keen sense of her students needs, and addresses them beautifully with warmth and humor. I highly recommend her. Bottom line: if you want to feel REALLY good. She's the girl for the job!!!
Jacob Schlang, 28, Life Coach; Yoga Client
Francesca teaches a practical straightforward approach to asana and meditation. Her sessions are calm and deep, getting into the places of habitual tightness and gently peeling back the layers to reveal the oceans of subtle feelings that lurk beneath. I heartily recommend her to anyone looking to get a taste of what yoga has to offer!