I have been training with Kim now for over three years, I have seen results not only in my game on the ice, but also off the ice. Yoga has helped me train my muscles to become stronger, more flexible, while also working together at the same time. I feel more confident on the ice because I know I have trained properly and my body is better able to react to any circumstance without any impingement. Yoga has also strengthened my mental game, the disciple and focus involved in every practice has helped me to further my game while also teaching me to relax with meditation and learning to worry only about what is in my control. Kim was the first one to show me what Yoga was and I can feel the benefits in my everyday life now. I feel healthier and stronger than I ever have before. Kim’s expertise and knowledge about yoga has brought me from a beginners role to someone who now practices yoga every week. The professionalism and passion Kim shows for yoga is second to none, and her care and special interest she takes in every student is truly extraordinary. I am now a student of Yoga for life after being connected to Kim and consider her a close personal friend.
– Cody Reichard (Goaltender of Indy Fuel ECHL, Hobey Baker Finalist, NCAA Top Goaltender)
I first started Yoga when I was 14 at Brian Daccord’s Stop It Goaltending camp in June. My first time was miserable. I went in thinking it was going to be a relaxing, easy experience, but I was wrong. I was instantly drenched in sweat and I could not understand how anyone could like something so difficult. However, as I continued yoga for the remainder of the summer, I understand how it could be enjoyable. It was not until I was 16, however that I really began to enjoy it. Kim and I have grown to have a special relationship and she is always there for me when I need it. Yoga has helped me improve my flexibility, balance, mental strength and overall understanding of myself. Kim has always been the most reliable person that I know. She is dedicated to helping anyone who comes to her and without her, I don’t know where I’d be today. As a 14 year old drenched in sweat, I never would have imagined that I would still be doing yoga today. Yoga has improved me greatly as a hockey player, but it has improved me as a person as well.
– Drew Michals (NHL 2013 Preliminary Draft List, 165th overall draft pick of QMJHL)
Kim is the reason we have a flourishing yoga program at Bb&N today. She’s given our students a whole new way to support themselves, both physically and emotionally. Interest in yoga at the Upper School has come alive under Kim’s guidance, and everyone from competitive athletes to afternoon art students have made their way to Kim’s yoga classes. Students benefit from her engaging, creative and challenging teaching style, while her warmth, ease of connection and knowledge of the practice create a perfect environment for growth. Assisting Kim over the past two years has given me the foundation to teach my own yoga classes – I’m grateful to her!
– Lelia Evans (Fellow Yogi/Yoga instructor and Spanish teacher at Buckingham, Browne & Nichols)
Kim is a gifted yoga instructor who is incredibly talented with an unmatched passion for her work. She has a gift of tailoring each practice to the needs of her class/students and pushes you to your limits in a comforting yet challenging way. You leave her class with such a sense of accomplishment, spiritual and physical awakening. Kim is a true teacher of yoga who with her warmth and generosity guides you to explore your edge. I have witnessed first time yoga students and the transformations they undergo from taking Kim’s class – it is inspiring! She also inspires me in my own practice and was a big facilitator in my exploration and love of yoga. It is impossible to leave her class without feeling light, centered and renewed. I have never come across a teacher that cares so deeply about her students, and is so willing to share her beautiful gift of yoga with others so openly.
– Meaghan Adamyk (Fellow Yogi)
I have been attending yoga sessions with Kim since they have been offered as an addition to Stop It Goaltending’s hockey camp. These yoga sessions have made a tremendous impact on my goaltending, as well as my health. Yoga has helped my game by improving my flexibility and strength. It also provides a way for me to not only physically relax my body, but also to mentally relax. Yoga has significantly reduced the amount of injuries that I have experienced since I started practicing. It has also allowed me to enjoy an improved amount of flexibility, especially in my hips. Kim’s specifically tailored sessions, which are geared towards goaltending, have provided me with the poses that best tailor to my specific sport. Kim has inspired me to not only continue my yoga practice, but to also continue it after my hockey career is over.
– Marcus Calvanico (Goaltender for Connecticut College)
When I started doing yoga with Kim four summers ago, I found it difficult and frustrating. What I had expected to be a relaxing, meditation-like class left me physically exhausted and embarrassingly self conscious about my lack of flexibility. But over the last four years, Kim’s patience and kindness have encouraged me to stick with it, and yoga has increased my quickness and flexibility, given me more mental composure on the ice, and helped me stay calm and relaxed off of it. Hockey injuries have forced me to get surgery on both hips and my right knee, but yoga has allowed me to recover from those injuries, heal my muscles, and protect myself from future injury. I can confidently say that without yoga I would not still be able to be playing hockey competitively. When I’m home, I train with Kim every chance I get–not just because she’s a great teacher, but also because she’s a wonderful, caring person who truly cares about each and every one of her students.
– Sam Parker (Goaltender for Colby College, Voted Defensive Player of the Year in his inaugural year, Norman E. Walker Award for Most Improved player, voted All-ISL as goaltender for Buckingham Browne & Nichols school)