On behalf of Shirley Pastore McCormack, members of our congregation who took her six week course on Mindfulness praised her combination of pastoral care and insight into the techniq1ues and practices that reduce anxiety and deliver a measure of peace and tranquility. She “knows her stuff.” She “made a real difference.” “Everyone should take her class.” These were some of the comments made, with enthusiasm, after her class. We support her work and hope to have her back again soon.
-The Rev. Mark Pruitt, Rector, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Akron, OH
Shirley is extremely dedicated to the wellness profession. She is not only professionally trained but is constantly seeking more knowledge in the field, which she shares with others. Shirley is an empathetic person which makes her particularly suited to working with clients with various physical and mental disorders. Shirley is able to show empathy while maintaining the proper degree of professionalism as well. She recently taught a college class for me on emotional wellness and I was struck by her professionalism and subject knowledge while noting that her presentation style allowed her to engage my class of 18-40 year olds. Any company with a wellness program would find Shirley Pastore-McCormack to be the perfect addition to your program. I wholeheartedly recommend her.
–Miria Batig, Assistant Dean, Academic Affairs and Adjunct Faculty Member, Cuyahoga Community College
Shirley’s yoga practice is life-changing. She is my favorite yoga & yoga nidra instructor and I’d recommend her to anyone looking to practice yoga. She incorporates different techniques & themes that really make the classes stand out and are great for any level yogi.
Thank you for the wonderful breathing and relaxation techniques and beginners yoga classes you provided for Heights Christian Church. Your sessions were the perfect fit for our Sunday Adult Education class that has been focusing on Stewardship of Self.
The participants ranged from junior high school to retirees of various ages and physical abilities.
We were all very impressed with your knowledge and presentations. The participants greatly appreciated the spiritual aspect during the meditation part of the class.
We’d like to thank you for your wonderful classes and hope to call on you in the future.
–Valencia McMillan, Vice Moderator, Heights Christian Church
Shirley has been teaching yoga and meditation to our senior population at our senior center since February 2015. Shirley has a wonderful approach with the seniors and has presented excellent ideas to get the benefits of yoga and meditation across to a suspicious crowd. Benefits that I have heard the folks mention as a result of attending Shirley’s class are: easier time falling asleep at night, less general aches and pains in their bodies, and better balance and overall body strength. I highly recommend Shirley’s style and technique to anyone interested in the practice of yoga and meditation.
–Melissa Gleeson, MSW, LSW, Assistant Director, Rose Centers for Aging Well
I take Shirley’s weekly classes and appreciate how Shirley tailors the poses to each individual in the class. Her approach plus her knowledge of and dedication to the practice has encouraged me to continue taking her class.
I just wanted to write and thank you for the outstanding work you have done with our athletes. We have put together a group of high level athletes. This was the missing link that has helped take our group to the next level. Your instruction was very personal and effective. The kids enjoyed and looked forward to each session. The information was presented in a clear and informative fashion that connected directly with each and every participant. We look forward to continuing this relationship for a long time.
–Eric Peterson, Head Coach / Director, Shaker Sharks Swim Team
Shirley has given me something that I was sorely lacking: inner peace. I had been through many changes during the year prior to reaching out to Shirley. I had relocated to the area to get married, which meant blending two families with children. These changes had resulted in my being increasingly anxiety-driven and in the early stages of depression. My doctor had suggested that I start practicing yoga as a way to ground myself. I thought I would be receiving some basic yoga instruction on poses, but I received much more. Shirley is very talented at knowing what is needed and when. She is also very knowledgeable on all things meditation. She took the time and had the insight to see where my struggles lay. She also demonstrated considerable kindness and sincerity along the way. And while I have learned many poses, I have also learned techniques for both calming myself and living in the moment. More importantly, my life has taken on a deeper richness with this new-found knowledge. I am now more able to let go of the past and not worry so much about the future. I now live a much fuller life with my family because of Shirley’s instructions. For that, I am truly grateful.
Shirley is a dedicated Life Coach who understands the stress levels of today’s executive. Her style of coaching and yoga has helped center my mind so I can focus on larger goals. The techniques she employs can be effectively used for career, family, and spiritual balance. She is a knowledgeable compassionate professional and I would highly recommend her services to anyone needing redirection and focus.
–Roschelle Ogbuji, CEO, AR Innovative Solutions
Shirley brings knowledge, personal experience, and even a dash of love to her yoga practice. Her heart shines through as she guides you to a deeper level of self awareness and relaxation.
–Tres Roeder, President of Roeder Consulting
Shirley’s yoga is slow and relaxing. Shirley gives explanations as she guides you through the moves/poses. She also gives alternatives or variations of poses if you have limitations. Most people can do this yoga.
Ms. McCormack promises gentle yoga and she delivers! She asks if anyone has an injury or an issue and she works around that. She has an alternate pose if anyone cannot do what she asks. She does not push you to do more than your body will allow. She teaches us about yoga, educating us to learn about the different styles and methods. And she spends time giving us a nidra meditation at the end of class that is so relaxing! This is a good place to START yoga training and will hold the interest of a more advanced student as well.
Shirley hand-tailors her yoga classes to each participant, seamlessly accommodating the range of students from the beginner to the seasoned veteran. Always mindful of the skill level of individual participants, Shirley offers up an artful balance of gentle flow yoga poses with thoughtful discussions on a range of interesting yoga topics, such as the history of various yoga disciplines, or the importance of setting yoga intentions. Each class ends with a relaxing meditation session. Truly yoga for the mind and body!