Author Archives: yogafitness

Tip for 03-21-2012

Drink lots of water and green tea. Stop drinking sugar (that includes sports drinks and energy drinks)

Barbie and Jeff H.

Getting our busy family together can be a challenge in itself, yet we love to gather for
yoga each week with John. John has the ability to customize each session to meet our
needs. He has patiently introduced the art of yoga to my two sons and daughters, while
challenging my husband and me in the same session. It is evident that John is passionate
about health and nutrition and he loves to share this information. He not only teaches us
how to exercise, but also how to improve our dietary habits, lower stress and live overall
healthier lives. John’s expertise, enthusiasm and pleasant demeanor have made him a
delight to work with. We not only have a great friend in John, but a top-notch lifestyle
coach. Our whole family is grateful for John.

John and Monika Schiavo

John O’Connor is a great teacher and we should know — we’ve been working out in a variety of gyms and studios, together and apart, for over thirty years. Johnny practices what he preaches, and leads by example.  He sets the bar high, but helps you reach it, and helps you work your edge.  He is calm and centered, so you focus on your own workout.  We keep coming back for more!  And we are in good company.  Put us down as fans.

Minako M.

“I have been working with Johnny for almost 5 years now.  Johnny uses his vast knowledge of fitness and nutrition to custom design programs to the individual needs of his clients. I am very happy with the knowledge and flexibility in training methods he brings to my workouts.

I considered myself reasonably fit already but I had never added strength training to my workouts prior to his training sessions. I was pleasantly surprised at the results .  I look at him as being a key factor in my on-going good health and positive mindset.”

Laura Niel – Triathlete

“I started personal training with Johnny after ankle surgery.  As a competitive triathlete, I knew I was going to have a hard time going without my running, biking, and swimming.  Johnny modified exercises as I was in a cast and boot for a few months and helped me return to my activities as quickly as possible.  I realized the personal training was making a difference in my overall strength which will help minimize injury and keep me active at a high level – not to mention it feels good to be strong!  Johnny has great balance in knowing when to push and when not to push in terms of helping you get to the next level of fitness.  One of the reasons I go to personal training is because I wouldn’t do a lot of these exercises on my own.  But I will do them, try hard, and get proficient at most of them, with Johnny’s encouragement.  We all need help on our various goals, and I’m thankful to have Johnny helping me reach my fitness goals.  I think personal training with Johnny is a smart investment and highly recommend it – what’s more important than your health and feeling good?  I’m working on making time for yoga…”

Rob Sigal, MD

I’ve worked with John for many years.  I’ve been to his studio, he’s been to our house. I’ve even had him to the office to train my staff.  His unique blend of knowledge (anatomy, physiology, yoga, etc.) and compassion makes each class special and keeps me looking forward to the next one.  He seems to have an infinite elasticity in his ability to modify classes.  He can range from an easy vinyasa flow, through Ashtanga, to circuit workouts that will leave you gasping.

If you are considering a personal trainer, I can’t recommend John highly enough.

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Cyrus Elm

Seven years ago I started my training with Johnny and as of 2010 I added yoga to my other work with him.
Unlike other instructors known to me, Johnny has extensive knowledge in human anatomy, comparable to any physician or physical therapist.
Johnny changed my life in two ways over the years. Physically I am much stronger and more flexible. Mentally I feel much more positive and resilient.
I have always believed that I was fortunate to have discovered him and to have worked with him. Looking forward to many more years under his instruction.

Sue I

Classes with John (Johnny) have deepened my yoga practice – brought piece of mind, resolve and improved flexibility in a stiff shoulder and broken wrist. The results are far greater than imagined. When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. (Buddhist proverb)