Deep Stretch (Vision Underground - 2600 Church Ave)

This class is taught by:

TJ Sandella

I arrived at the physical practice through the backdoor. A product of post-religious, Rust Belt cynicism, it took moving away from Ohio to confront the many small and extravagant ways that my value system continued to fail me, and, by proxy, the many small and extravagant ways I continued to fail myself and the people around me. So, as I often do when I’m confused about a subject, which is frequently, I read, and eventually found Patanjali, Thích Nhất Hạnh, Ram Dass, Sri Dharma Mittra (my teacher), and a deluge of other writers and figures dedicated to mindfulness and compassion. Their worldview felt (and feels) more useful, more true. I was hooked.

As a lifelong athlete and efficiency nut, pairing meditation with a demanding physical practice was a tidy and logical next step. The alchemy settled in my bones, made sense in all the ways you can’t explain without sounding like a goofball, the sentence trailing off into abstractions. But. What I can say clearly and definitively: after years of abusing my body on fields, courts, and courses, and after years of abusing my mind in increasingly creative ways, yoga became the clear path to heal both.

What to expect in TJ's classes: My classes are based in Dharma yoga, the lineage in which I’m trained, which utilizes traditional poses and sequences to form the skeleton of a practice that can be tweaked to be as simple or as challenging as the student needs. Anticipating those needs—finding the right places to push or pull back—is one my favorite parts of teaching. Class ends with savasana, employing aspects of yoga nidra (or guided yogic sleep) to facilitate a mini-meditation.

Megan Neville

Megan began practicing yoga in 1999 as a college freshman, when she was intrigued by its philosophical elements and calmed & centered by its mental elements. A former gymnast, softball player, and volleyball player, she has always enjoyed physical activity. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training through Body Balance School of Yoga Therapy at Oasis Yoga in Solon, Ohio, and is currently working toward her 500-hour training through Awaken Yoga in Mentor, Ohio.

She has been a passionate high school English teacher since 2004, and beyond her BSE and MEd degrees has achieved prestigious National Board Certification. She shares yoga with her high school students as part of everything from athletic training to daily mindfulness activities and test-prep stress management.

Megan believes that yoga is for everyone, infusing her studio classes with playfulness, exploration, and a strong sense of finding strength and space within. She enjoys sharing yoga with others, hoping to give each yogi in her class something they can carry with them from their mat into the rest of their lives.

Lyndsey Needham

Lyndsey Needham – 200 RYT / Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Practitioner; Lyndsey is a Certified Yoga Therapist upon completing a 9-month, 600 hour training with Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. She is also a 200 hour registered yoga teacher. In addition to private one-on-one yoga therapy sessions, Lyndsey offers yoga therapy to groups by providing Embodied Movement Experiences/Meditations. She is available on or off-site in Cleveland and near locations.

Through assisted yoga postures and an open-ended, non-directive dialogue process, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy private sessions offer you the opportunity to explore what's happening in the present moment— physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. It is with these awareness’s that you may then draw a connection between your experiences and your daily life.

Lyndsey will guide you through an experience using focused breathing techniques and yoga postures in order to allow the client an opportunity to verbalize in-the-moment experiences — thoughts, emotions, sensations. As with any therapy, receiving more than one session increases the client’s ability to receive/experience the work.
In Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy there is no right or wrong way to be. Lyndsey will normalize and validate your experience instead of "correcting" it by providing a safe space full of presence and non judgmental witnessing.

Many have credited yoga therapy with helping them heal from stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, grief, eating disorders, body image issues, aging, sickness, and more. Clients often report improved physical and mental well-being, greater emotional stability, clearer thinking, a new relationship to stress, and a growing capacity for living life to the fullest.

What to Expect: Sessions are one hour. During sessions Lyndsey will guide you in an external, physical experience, as well as an internal, self-reflective experience. This combination allows you the opportunity to release tension, re-examine personal beliefs and habits that no longer serve you, and facilitate healing and growth. Through a process of self-discovery and acceptance, you will be supported in creating intentions that arise from a place of deep clarity. These intentions may then be put into action outside of your session. 

"Experience is the highest authority. The touchstone of validity is my own experience. No other person's ideas, and none of my own ideas are as authoritative as my experience. It is to this experience that I must return again and again, to discover a closer approximation to truth as it is in the process of becoming me."
-Carl Rogers
(Founder of psychotherapy research and originator of non-directive, client-centered therapy)

“Yoga therapists are poised to become the essential standard of care for the 21st century.”
-Dr. Lori Rubenstein D.P.T., M.App.Sc.

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

What do I wear?
Wear comfortable clothes that you can easily move around and stretch in.

What should I bring?
The only thing you need is yourself. You may bring some water if you get thirsty and a notebook if you'd like to write about your experiences after the session.

What if I’m recovering from an injury? Will it hurt?
No, it will not hurt. Lyndsey will instruct you on how to move safely, recognizing and honoring your edges.

Do I need previous yoga experience?

Why are most sessions practiced with eyes closed?
Closing your eyes helps you to turn inward and become more aware of your thoughts, emotions, images and life connections. Practicing with your eyes closed helps you to connect more intimately with your experience in order to find your own unique expression. It can help create an opportunity to embrace your own personal truths, avoiding comparison to others, or even to yourself.


Inspired by Yin Yoga, this class targets the deep muscles and connective tissue of the body using a Yin approach: meditative stillness for a long duration. Deep, conscious breathing and attention to the present moment are encouraged as students hold poses passively for several minutes at a time. Designed to be accessible to all levels of yoga practitioner, poses are generally practiced on the floor and modifications will be offered. Class will finish with restorative, supportive poses preparing the body and mind for final relaxation and meditation.
LOCATION: Vision Underground - 2600 Church Ave., Cleveland. Lower level of St. John's Episcopal Church.

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Oct 23 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with TJ Sandella
  • Wed Oct 25 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Megan Neville
  • Mon Oct 30 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with TJ Sandella
  • Wed Nov 01 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Megan Neville
  • Mon Nov 06 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with TJ Sandella
  • Wed Nov 08 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Lyndsey Needham
  • Wed Nov 08 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Megan Neville
  • Mon Nov 13 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with TJ Sandella
  • Wed Nov 15 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Lyndsey Needham
  • Wed Nov 15 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Megan Neville
  • Mon Nov 20 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with TJ Sandella
  • Wed Nov 22 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Lyndsey Needham
  • Wed Nov 22 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Megan Neville
  • Mon Nov 27 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with TJ Sandella
  • Wed Nov 29 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Lyndsey Needham
  • Wed Nov 29 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Megan Neville
  • Mon Dec 04 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with TJ Sandella
  • Wed Dec 06 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Lyndsey Needham