I had the best yoga class of my life this morning. Ricky Tran's new studio in #206 is a very special space, and Ricky is a patient, observant and incredibly empathetic teacher. I've spent several years bouncing around yoga studios, and always felt dissatisfied by yoga classes that were about the way your body looked instead of the way your body felt. Moreover, I experienced back pain every time I lay down in corpse pose at the end of those classes. After just two days with Ricky, he noticed a tiny detail in the way I moved through a flow and suggested an adjustment. I immediately felt my back release and later enjoyed a deeply restful shavasana. Ricky has trained under some of the most important yoga teachers in the world. He comes from a lineage of teachers who teach true yoga. We are so lucky to have Ricky be part of our SSOL community!
Whether you're a beginner or have been practicing for some time, he has so much to teach you.
Thank you so much, Ricky!
Fran Mayo SSOL Resident
I had two private sessions with Ricky and in two days my yoga practice was transformed. The transformation was in the details: Ricky unlocked my struggles and questions about basic poses and suddenly my vinyasa was aligned and flowed much more easily. I am a physician and I was impressed by his knowledge of anatomy and the precision of his adjustments. He tailored adjustments and stretches to accommodate my scoliosis and areas of my back that had never expanded or felt breath were opened. The work I experienced was simple yet powerful. We kept it simple with "bread and butter" poses but at the same time I was able to do poses I did not think possible! I would recommend taking any class from Ricky--his approach is so personal and he will not let you practice a pose in a harmful way. I strongly recommend a private class to anyone who wants to experience significant change and breakthrough in his or her practice.
Dr. Z Jones
Ricky Tran is a unique and gifted instructor. I met him at a David Williams workshop where he demonstrated the Ashtanga poses beautifully. His physical practice was inspiring and I wanted to learn more. I set up a two day private session with him where I attended his morning led Ashtanga practice and two other group sessions. Then, spent four hours over two days with him where his instruction was more individualized. This is where I saw the magic.
Ricky has a gift of seeing what is happening in the body. As a physical therapist I can vouch for his superb knowledge of anatomy and his awareness that everybody is put together differently. He uses this knowledge as he gives individualized verbal cues and hands on assist with the utmost intention. I love how he broke things down to specifically help me work on the areas where I am restricted. I went home with a prescription individualized for me to help me along the journey of my physical practice.
But Ricky does not only focus on the physical practice. He has a unique way of eloquantly interweaving the philosophies of yoga into the session. He also cued for breath control and quieting the mind. This heightened my awareness about what was happening in my body and it helped me realize that how I practice on the mat has a direct correlation to how I live off the mat. He inspired me to take my practice to a different level. I am not commited to balancing my physical practice with the study all the limbs of Ashtanga yoga.
Ricky is so genuine and open hearted. I feel like I have a new friend. I hope to cultivate this friendship as I continue along my yoga journey.
Namaste, Dana Guerra
About the Yoga
The mission of Yoga South Side is to provide sacred space for those seeking a better quality of life with authentic yoga practices.
The benefits of yoga can be felt immediately and be seen over time.
Benefits are accessible to anyone, regardless of fitness level, age, experience or background.
Our intention is not just about gaining peace of mind and a healthier body. Yoga is more about experiencing oneness, cultivating a mind capable of concentration and a heart free of judgement.
The results of this mystical journey happen to include a radiant body and joyfulness.