“A calming presence whose guidance helps release stress and welcome inner peace…”
“Nancy O’Brien’s yoga sessions, which were offered weekly at Goldwater Memorial Hospital, helped residents suffering from a variety of illnesses and medical diagnoses, feel and function better …”
“Nancy worked in groups, as well as one to one, with people who were ambulatory, confined to bed or in wheel chairs.”
“Her knowledge and sensitivity to each individual’s limitations and needs helped set a supportive and therapeutic environment that produced positive and therapeutic outcomes.”
“Her ability to connect and build a trusting rapport was beneficial in optimizing participation that improved participants’ health & well being.”

Ron Becker, CTRS, MS Ed.
Director of Therapeutic Recreation
Coler♥Goldwater Specialty Hospital & Nursing Facility

“The clients in my program say it is the best group we have.”
“Nancy is very gifted in her ability to translate the concepts and practice of yoga to people who have never had experience with it before.”
“Everyone always remarks how much better they feel after a class. Even those with very limited physical ability benefit immensely — perhaps they benefit the most.”

Natalie Kramer, LCSW
Assertive Community Treatment
Bellevue Hospital Center

“Nancy created the first yoga program for the Parkinson’s Family Support Group at Bellevue Hospital. It was a wonderful collaborative project with the new health education program.”
“Nancy did an amazing job teaching techniques to alleviate physical and psychological stress associated with Parkinson’s disease. Many have continued doing relaxation breathing at home. It was an incredible experience from the start.”
“Nancy’s strength is assessing the needs of the group, many of whom are older and chair-bound.”
“She created a tranquil space in a room of a busy hospital.”

Angela Stangarone, MPH
Former administrator of Parkinson’s Support Group,
Bellevue’s Center for Movement Disorders

“Nancy helped me learn how to have peace, control my anxiety. I sleep better, but especially it helps me to not feel so insecure.”

New York City hospital clinic patient

“My husband told me for the first time I was sleeping without clenching my fist.”

A New York City hospital clinic patient

“The program has been life-altering… It helps me through stressful difficult times. It lowers my anxiety levels and puts me in a state of mind that allows me to get through any type of situation. I don’t feel intimidated at these sessions. I feel good!”

New York City hospital clinic patient

I use Nancy’s CD, Deep Relaxation, every evening and do deep breathing. It’s wonderful, and helps with sleep.”

Two-year chair yoga participant