I have a firm commitment to do Classical Stretch every morning for 22 minutes. I have been doing this exercise for 10 years, five days a week and I feel fabulous. I am 82 and do not have an ache or pain anywhere.
At 78 I have found that this is truly the best program for me. Easy to follow daily and it works and besides it makes me fill stronger and happy I’m on the right track. I have been doing Essentrics for 20 yrs with an Essentrics Instructor but doing it daily has made me fell the importance and stamina I had not experienced before. Thank you Miranda for your teaching us the importance of moving naturally with visualization.
I was in my 40’s when I first discovered Classical Stretch on our local PBS station.In spite of being an active swimmer and walker on a daily basis I found myself struggling with pain at the oddest times. Like getting up from the table after having my breakfast. My mother suffers from arthritis so I chalked it up to being an inherited pain, but I didn’t want to accept that. Then one morning as I flicked through channels to catch the news, I literally stumbled on Miranda leading a CS workout. I watched for a few moments and then decided to imitate her movements. I was fascinated by the flow of motion and her talk was all about the importance of stretching in relieving and preventing pain. I came into the workout late and barely did 15 minutes, but noted an immediate difference in how ‘loose’ I felt. So I checked the TV schedule, noted when the next work-out would be and wrote it into my schedule. At first I did 3 workouts a week and my back pain disappeared. After a few weeks, as I walked in to a store, I caught my reflection in the window and didn’t recognize myself. I was shocked to see how toned I looked. I had to workout more. So I bought one of the seasons different to the one I was following on PBS. Then I added a couple of Sarah’s workout DVD’s to the collection and found other PBS stations in our region that aired Classical Stretch on other days. I did a workout every day. Within a few months I looked and felt better than I had felt in years. Now I’m in my 50’s and continue to do a workout every day. I’ve increased my workout times. Making sure to add do an hour workout at least once a week. I live pain free, and have a way to work through pain when I do have the occasional strained muscle. There is no turning back. I simply cannot imagine my life without Essentrics. Thank you!
I’ve been doing Classical Stretch season 6 for years after discovering the program on PBS. I usually do an episode every week day. My body has become so habituated to the stress release, I can feel my muscles relaxing during the first moments of warm up! As a person whose tension lives behind the right shoulder blade and travels up the neck to eventually cause a headache, this is invaluable!I recently treated myself to an upgrade to seasons 11 and 12. After a few weeks (and a round of water skiing), I was having an unusual pain in one hip whenever I bent forward. After favoring the leg and thinking about it a couple days, I realized I had not been doing that wonderful (pretzel) stretch that looks like a half split. I did it a couple of days and voila! pain disappeared. Thank you so much for the physical therapy you provide that makes life so much more enjoyable!
Miranda, I would like to thank you for rearranging my body. I lost 120lbs in 22 months with Weight Watchers and your Classical Stretch series. I have season 6,7,8,9 and have just ordered season 10, Core & your book. I love the way my body looks and feels. People are amazed when I tell them how much weight I’ve lost…they always say if I would not have told them, they wouldn’t have been able to guess that I was ever that overweight. I am amazed at how good, flexible and young I feel… Thank you, thank you, thank you!
The show on Lakeshore PTV and the tapes are changing my body – hurray no more tummy rolls!
– Carol P
I love the classes in the mornings (6:00 am). I have a dance background (came to NYC in 1975 to pursue it) and I have been a fitness athlete all of my adult life. Classical Stretch is phenomenal! Miranda is fantastic and WOW – I’ve achieved the holy grail of fitness – FLAT ABS!!! Not just the part you can see but that lower ab part which you can hide artfully. Don’t get me wrong, I was in pretty good shape but the ab area i.e. the entire midriff area is targeted with Essentrics where as hours in the gym NEVER touched it! I am interested in the training/certification program and the spa get always as well. The program is the lifestyle that I’ve dreamed of since I was 10 years old. Thank you.
– Carla J
Since beginning Classical Stretch I have lost 15 pounds without dieting. I was amazed at the changes in my body. My stomach is flat and I have waistline again for the first time in years!
– Lucia Monaco
I started doing Classical Stretch on PBS last September when my son started school. I have been doing it 3-4 times per week for 10 months and look and feel better. I was not overweight before but needed to tone. I have lost 5 pounds and several inches from my waist and legs. I can wear a size 4-6. All of my clothes are too big. I am 40 years old, have had a baby and can wear clothes I wore when I was in my 20’s. I might even wear a bikini this year. I also used to have alot of back pain and tightness. I now rarely have back problems and when I do I can cure myself with Classical Stretch. Thank you so much.
Since beginning Classical Stretch, I have lost 15 pounds. I noticed almost immediate changes in my waist and torso, it seemed to have shrunk after only 3 weeks. For the first time in ages, I can wear fitted shirts and feel good! I also noticed changes in my face, neck, and thighs. The flowing movements and soft music disguise the fact that we are actually working hard! I love Classical Stretch and recommend it to everyone.
– Elizabeth G.
I’m 31 years old and always been slim. Never had issues with weight but I started having back pain. I have never been very active or liked exercising at all. I tried to run and did yoga, Pilates and all sorts of other exercising plans – you name it. There is something about Classical Stretch that keeps me engaged and it keeps me going. I guess it is the feeling I get in my back like somebody took the weight off or that I feel like a ballerina while exercising. I got pregnant 5 years ago to my eldest with an emergency C-section and weight became a problem all of sudden. I was weak in my abdomen and back pain became worst. Then got pregnant with my second and found you! I did your exercises during pregnancy and it was amazing being able to fit in my jeans all throughout pregnancy (obviously not closing the button due to my belly). At my third pregnancy, I did the same thing but once I delivered I was so tired and it took me a year to get back to exercising! My belly muscles would shake every time I tried to tighten them. I got back to doing classical stretch and slowly but surely I’m getting stronger again. This time, I do 30 minutes everyday Monday through Friday and I feel better. It gets my day started and I’m becoming less self conscious. Thank you! It’s hard – I have to put my body into it and sometimes I don’t want to but I know it’s only 30 minutes and that after that my back feels like it has oxygen and I feel better about myself.
Dear Miranda & Sahra I am 54 years old and obese. After having severe pain in my legs from my weight, I decided to finally do something about my weight. I started Weight Watchers and started to lose. But knew if I didn’t find some sort of exercise that I would stick with that I would have a lot of loose flab and continue to have weak muscles. I found your program and started working out. I have been doing it 5 days a week for the past three months and have lost 45 lbs. so far and am starting to see definition in my body. I’m so excited that I found your program. It not only is helping with the weight loss but helping me with balance, flexibility, toning and also helping with my arthritis. I’m sure after your ankle broke, you must have felt defeated, but look what it lead to: you helping me, and many others. Thank you so much!
I’d like to start by saying how much of a difference Essentrics has made for me in a few short weeks. I feel more confident, more limber, and healthier than I have EVER been. I’ve been doing the stretch and strengthen workouts, but I find myself wanting to take a class. My mom saw a segment on Essentrics on the Marilyn Denis show before Christmas, and I bought her the DVDs. I figured it was a fitness fad like many others. Then I tried one of the DVDs and found an immediate difference. Like many other women, I had been hoping to fall in love with yoga or pilates, something healthy, that I wouldn’t have to force myself to do. I find Essentrics is that missing piece. I spend a lot of time hunched over a desk and I usually have a lot of hip, lower back and shoulder pain. With this program I notice I have a tighter core, better overall posture, and hips that love me better. I really want to make Essentrics part of my life for the foreseeable future.
– Bethany K.
Since starting your program about a year ago, I’ve lost 45 pounds and reshaped my body and it’s still improving. I have more agility, flexibility and balance than I ever dreamed I would re-gain. I’m talking up your program every day and friends are also seeing positive results in themselves. Thank you again for your wonderful program!!
– Nancy Rajek
I wanted to say thank you for your wonderful Classical stretch program. I am 54 yrs old and have been about 20 lbs over weight after going through menopause 4 years ago. I started your program July 13th, 2015. I am happy to report to you I have lost 22 lbs, and have went from a size 9 to a 2. I am back to my original size. I will forever be grateful. Thank you my dear for giving me my figure back. This will be my exercise routine for life.
– Lenee L.
During High School, I was a cheerleader. In my early adulthood I took many a dance class, practiced running and stretching. Throughout the years my back would “go out” which would affect my regularity of exercise. It didn’t help that I spent many hours at work, on the computer, sitting most of the day. Then of course my weight became an issue. It seemed all I had to do was to look at food and gain weight! At 5 ft. 5 in. at almost 180 lbs. I was not happy, nor was I comfortable. I found Miranda’s Classical Stretch episodes on PBS and bought a couple of DVD’s. Since June, 2015 I have been following her advice to do her class at least three times a week. Without wavering, I have been doing just that and as a result, I’m once again strong and flexible. I’ve dropped inches and almost 30 lbs. and this is without starving myself. Additionally, my back has not gone out! I’m reminded that although we age, we don’t have to shrink. Miranda is so motivating and delightful. She has been my exercise partner via her DVD’s. The best part is that I feel GREAT. One of her segments is “Lose a Pant Size”. Well, I have lost several pant sizes AND in a relatively short period of time. With much gratitude to both Miranda and PBS, I wholeheartedly recommend Classical Stretch to one and all.
– Karen SW
I’m a 55 year old woman, was 50 pounds overweight when diagnosed 5 years ago with Rheumatoid Arthritis (it’s now controlled) and Trochanteric bursitis. In addition, a catastrophic injury to my left leg and foot 30 years ago (with no rehab due to horrible HMO insurance) left me with a painful bone spur on the bottom of my heel, and limited flexion in my ankle. I had to give up hiking a few years ago as the bone spur has grown and became too painful. The only activity I had left to enjoy was horseback riding—which I love doing, but was also becoming more painful in my hips and knees. I accepted the fatigue I felt as a symptom of RA. I was a mess. So in January of last year, I resolved to get back into a daily workout and lose weight. One morning, I flipped on the TV to watch the news while doing my usual “yoga for weight loss” routine (which wasn’t very effective, but at least improved my mobility) and I noticed your “Classical Stretch” workouts on PBS. I tuned in and have been working out with you at 5 a.m. Mon-Fri ever since. I thought: “Hey, I can do this without any pain in my left foot!” It even improved the flexion in my ankle! I lost an average of 2 pounds a month and feel better than I have in years. I stopped feeling fatigued after work—fired my yard service, and now do the work myself! I feel very little pain in my hips and knees, even after a 2-3 hour horseback ride. I’ve purchased several seasons on disc for both myself, my 80 year-old mother, my 60 year-old sister and friends. Mom had a frozen shoulder and weak arm. She has noticeable improvement and does the workouts with her 89-year old boyfriend! I bring a disc when I travel and do a workout to relieve stiffness from a long flight—or to just keep up when I can’t tune into PBS. I still have a long way to go to my ideal weight, but now I know I’ll get there. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the hard work and research it took to develop your fitness programs. Thank you so much for sharing what you discovered. You have turned my life around.
– Beth M., San Diego
Miranda, your program has changed my life. I have lost almost 40 lbs. and have been walking also. My left hip got extremely sore for some reason and I started doing the figure 8 hip cleaners and it has helped! Thank you for all you do. I am 62 and feeling GREAT and YOUNG!
– Mary Q.
I found your exercise channel and have been doing these regularly, I am aiming for every day. I feel amazing! Absolutely the most fabulous workout I have ever experienced and I have exercised my entire life (I was a child gymnist). Over this past year I have lost every single extra pound (55 in all!) I have reshaped not just my body, but my heart, mind and soul connection. I have always been disciplined, and having the incentive to continue to grow and learn about healthy choices has remade me in every possible way. You are a genius, I have posted your web site and recommended you to everyone! Thanks for sharing your wonderful gifts.
– Linda D.
I started a 30-day challenge, which turned into a 60-day challenge (I’ll hit 60 days this week), which I just agreed to extend to a 90-challenge! I am doing amazing and feeling great, looking great! I wanted to share with you two comments that were posted today on my private group page. It’s such an amazing workout! And so realistic to do it daily! – I am re-inspired these days! Looked at pics of my body I took last September…The change is remarkable. Still a long way to go, but it works! I’m at it for 90 days! I also feel awesome!!! Last years summer clothes are too big…and I’ve actually been buying medium size, which is brand new for me!!! I still have ways to go, but for the first time in my life, I know I can only do better!!!
I’ve been doing Essentrics for 10 months and I’m down 15 pounds and 2 dress sizes! Best of all after 9 long years of always needing to wear orthotics in my shoes (and needing to wear those shoes constantly) I no longer need them! In fact, wearing my supportive shoes was causing pain! My feet are that much stronger! Thank you Miranda!
– Sabrina U., Illinois
I have been doing Miranda exercise for 2 years! I have lost 50 pounds and feel great. I love doing her daily routine and will not quit. Do it – you will see!
– Lisa Owens
I love Classical Stretch and have been doing it regularly for a couple of years. When I weighed nearly 300 pounds, it was one of the exercise programs that didn’t make me feel worse, Miranda always makes me feel capable, and encourages people to do what they can and go a little farther each time. This last month has been great, because I had gotten out of the regular, daily habit, and I feel so much better after regularly working on strength and flexibility for these past 30 days. Even a few days without leads to stiffness and soreness in my body.
– Sonja B.
Since doing Classical Stretch I have toned and lost 35 pounds. The shape of my body has improved, my stress level has improved my overall feeling of wellness has improved. Being a nurse I know these exercises are safe and effective. This is an excellent program and I have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone.
– Christine M.
I wanted to tell you how thrilled I am to have found Classical Stretch. My friend’s mom does it (she’s 61 and looks 40) and I finally joined the streaming program online. I’ve been doing it nearly every day since January and feel great. I’m 30 and was always active, but this program makes me feel amazing. I’ve gotten compliments lately too that I just look great, the changes I’ve noticed are so great – I walk with purpose, climb the stairs to my office much easier and altogether feel more energetic. Thanks for continuing to create videos – what an inspiration!
– Christina T.
I have lost over 90 pounds. I have been using Classical Stretch for over a year and 1/2. Currently, I am still losing weight and toning. I started Classical Stretch for sciatic pain. This has helped me gain mobility and pain relief.
I attribute Essentrics to the toning and shaping that has happened to me during this journey. I am in better shape, have more energy and flexibility and no longer have the knee pain and hip stiffness that plagued me prior to working out and losing weight. I just last week reached my goal weight. I was first turned onto Miranda and Classical Stretch on Maryland Public Television (MPT) in 2014. I then bought my first set of DVDs so I could continue to work out at home. I now have 2 sets of DVD’s that I use 5 – 6 days per week and if I miss doing a work out my body will remind me (LOL). I plan on continuing with the DVD’s for the rest of my life as I can see how keeping active can keep you young.
I have been doing Classical Stretch daily since I stumbled across one of Miranda’s classes on PBS, in 2014. I love the approach to exercise and complete at least two classes a day. My motivation comes from the way I feel and look. I am now wearing skinny jeans and leggings. My legs have never been this thin! I also have discovered I can complete 10,000 steps a day.
I recently discovered Classical stretch on PBS and have felt vitality and flexibility since my first workout. I love that there is so much emphasis on slow muscle stretches, which in the long-run will strengthen the muscles, joints, and the bones. I love these workouts and would recommend it to anyone for healthier and slender body! Keep up the good work.
I took dance, when I was younger, even taught ballet jazz classes, then my weight and fitness gradually deteriorated. Thirty years of yo-yo dieting and extreme exercise regimes later, I finally discovered, well was introduced to Essentrics by my 75 year old mother. I love the whole concept and I have devoured everything written about the principles. That was a year ago. I have been eating properly and doing the mini videos. I have lost 30 kilos. Everyone is amazed at my transformation. My goal now is to tone up and become an Essentrics Instructor. I live in a communal complex with over 800 volunteers for a non-profit organization. I would like to provide free classes for the women here who searching for what I have found and be the inspirational motivation that they need to also take up Essentrics.
I have been a dedicated yoga practitioner and teacher for more than 40 of my 68 years. I have no major health problems that I am aware of and I can move as well as (if not better than) most average 40 year olds. However, a few years ago I had noticed a small decline in my balance and joint and muscle strength and stability. Nothing alarming, but something to pay attention to. I, too, happened upon Classical Stretch on PBS in the early morning just over a year ago. As a yoga teacher and massage therapist, I could immediately see the benefits of this program from a health and movement perspective. I love the flow and grace of the movements, the full range of motion and the essentric challenge. After working out with the TV for many months, I bought two of the PBS series, and the Core Workout so I would not miss a day of practice. I, of course, still love and teach my yoga. I have incorporated some of your movements into my classes, promote your name and your program to my students and have allowed interested students (who can’t manage the 6 a.m. PBS time slot) to borrow a DVD to sample it for themselves. And, I have restored my sense of balance, improved my core strength and the muscle tone of my limbs all the time enjoying the grace and flow of your program….satisfying my inner dancer! Thanks to Classical Stretch (and my commitment to staying strong and healthy)!
P.S. My sister, to my surprise and pleasure, recently commented on my well formed arms when she saw me recently in a sleeveless top.
– Marilyn D.
I just have to let you know how incredible Essentrics has been for me. I gave birth to my first child on January 11th! Throughout my whole pregnancy, I continued to do your workouts at least 5 times per week, even if it was just a short 10 minute routine. Hello pliés! Just a few hours before I went into labour, I was doing Miranda & Eliana’s pregnancy floor work out. I thank Essentrics for my quick recovery! I am now just over 2 weeks post delivery and am back to my pre-pregnancy weight! I can not wait to get the go ahead from the doctor to resume my exercise routine! You ladies are amazing.
– Dominique Sarah
Classical Stretch has invigorated my soul, and I actually look forward to working out, something I haven’t felt in about 10 years. Thank you for your inspiring work. I love that I can feel certain areas being targeted each time. I have still maintained my flexibility from years of dance and martial arts, but my muscles have become very tight and atrophied through lack of use. It has made me feel so much more alive to participate in your program and feel those muscles lengthening and strengthening once again.
– Noelle P.
I am 54 years old and didn’t believe you when you said some people have actually grown an inch instead of shrinking. Well at my last physical I indeed had grown 1/2 an inch. We went to dinner with friends last weekend and all of my friends my age and younger said they found tat they had lost inches in height but I could honestly say that I had grown instead of shrinking. I could only attribute the growth with my daily Classical Stretch routine. My daughter and husband convinced me to purchase a bikini on out last vacation as they both said I have an amazing body and I should show it off. I am shy by nature so I will probably only wear it in the back yard but anyway I must give credit to the posture and slenderizing exercises I have learned on Classical stretch. My daughter and I try remember and help each other do the exercises when we are on vacation as I really feel out of sorts when I skip them and get stiff and sore if I miss a day or two. You should have seen us on the cruise ship exercise floor trying to balance as the ship was rocking back and forth, very challenging indeed. Thank you so much for this gift as I have helped myself and daughter keep a healthy routine of eating well and doing my classical stretches and walk the dog daily and I don’t go to a gym anymore as I feel this is what keeps my feeling and looking my best. My friends say they need to do what I do as it works.
I wanted to thank you for your well thought out lessons. I am a 67 year old male who has doing them five times a week for over a year. So many men, myself included, have spent our earlier years doing exercise for strength and stamina. I find value in your knowledge of and conviction about the importance of stretching. Your approach has many similarities to true Chinese Internal training which was another fortunate experience in my life. The movements emanate from the core. “One thing move, everything move.” And I sense, as I am sure most of your viewers do, that you genuinely wish to help people improve their health.You are doing good work. Thank you.
I first learned about Classical Stretch this spring when my mom experienced dramatic results in flexibility and movement after a month of following Miranda on PBS. I introduced my mother-in-love (my husband’s mom) to the program and she has since purchased the Essentrics training materials to begin her certificationMiranda and Sahra are becoming a regular part of our family. As a mother of six boys myself, I want to stay strong and flexible to keep up with them. I absolutely love The Esmonde Technique! I am re-energized after every work out! The science behind The Esmonde Technique intrigues me. Thank you for all your research, knowledge, and experience in this fitness program.You have blessed my family more than you know! I look forward to mine and my family’s continued health and fitness, flexibility and strength.
My journey through the 28 day challenge has been quite mind blowing! I am behind, as I started late. The biggest change I have noticed is my shoulder sculpting and my waist has really tightened. I feel that I have more energy and my posture increasingly improved. I just feel really energized and physically ‘good’ each day! First time doing this and will not be the last. What a great series you have put together!
This is the second Health Challenge I’ve done. I’m 59 and I really like the challenge because I feel I’m not alone. I’ve been doing Essentrics for over a year and my balance and flexibility is much better than it was. I thank you for a program that I enjoy doing every day. I’ve given one of the DVD s to a friend of mine and I always suggest the program to others. Thank you!!
I decided to do the Health Challenge as I had purchased the Classical Stretch Aging Backwards Season 12 TV series about a year ago after seeing the program on Public TV. I met the Challenge each day by choosing my own workouts. I especially liked doing all the standing stretching ones; alternating each time with the various all standing stretches. The 23 minutes seemed to go quite quickly and the rejuvenated feeling afterwards was such a good feeling. I would recommend to anyone no matter what age to either watch the series on Public TV or to purchase a set of the DVD’s. Personally I prefer the DVD set so I can pop a disc in at anytime throughout the day. Thank you for such a great series of exercises. I also take Zumba classes at our local fitness center and find doing the stretches at home either before or after a class quite beneficial.
I have made it to 2019 with the help of Classical Stretch. I began watching and doing the program from PBS in early 2017. Soon after, I realized I could not function well without this morning stretch. My husband of 27 years was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer 3 weeks after I retired. We then spent 3 weeks in Tijuana MX at a cancer clinic where I learned care giving for Dexter as we faced this disease. I found local San Diego PBS station airing Classical Stretch at 5am. While Dexter slept best before sunrise, I believe those episodes truly helped me get through each day of multiple therapies, tests and procedures Dexter would face during our time at the clinic and other medical facilities in Tijuana. I lost Dexter less than 3 weeks after returning home to North Carolina. I had lost 10 lbs in October in the aftermath of his diagnosis and then another 10 lbs during the cancer clinic stay. After Dexter died, I looked similar to him when I saw my body in the mirror. My average weight of 133 lbs at 5’6″ was now 113 lbs by Christmas. I experienced the worst Christmas of my entire life. Classical Stretch was the only constant in my life at that time. I continued my daily stretching regiment because it gave me the best chance and foundation to recover. It took many months but soon the scrawny, skeleton with excess skin and muscle atrophy resembling a refugee prisoner became a healthy, toned figure appearing much younger than my 60 years. I rarely miss a day of stretching with Miranda. I am now 122 lbs of grateful joy still processing grief from losing my husband but appreciating each day I have on earth. I could not have survived and bounced back so well without Classical Stretch on PBS and on DVD.
This is one program I’ve been able to stay with for several reasons: Miranda explains the purpose of the exercise movements; what is taking place physiologically; the respect that she shows; the ease in following her instructions (many exercise videos are not as easy to follow and you can’t always catch on right away and so you wind up doing the movements sloppily); there’s much better compliance because the workouts are pleasant and doable (there’s something for everyone); and thank goodness the prices are fair and affordable; and yes, one does see results. I’m more flexible (can park the car with more ease when turning to look back, etc). And the balance exercises help too…I really need them. I’m a retired nurse and have worked with physiologists and patients in rehab settings; that’s why I’m impressed with the exercise principles. It’s valid and believable and keeps me going because of the explanations of the movement, etc. I even tell my doctors about it when they ask what kind of exercise I do besides walking.
I’ve been doing your workout for over a year with several health issues and I feel very strongly that this is the best tool a man could have to enjoy his full potential and stay healthy.
I recently went to my doctor for a general check up. While I was at the office, he decided that he wanted to do a bone density scan. When the results came back he was floored! He told me that my spine was better than the best score on his chart. He also told me to keep up whatever I am doing as it is working. I have been doing CLASSICAL STRETCH solely since 2011 as I found it to be such a complete workout. I feel my whole body has gained strength and mobility. I have been an exerciser all my life but nothing has changed my body like CLASSICAL STRETCH. Thank you, Miranda!!
I happened to catch Miranda on PBS (while I was flipping) here in San Francisco, and was particularly struck by a testimonial from a woman who was still quilting and hanging quilts into her 80s. I thought, “I want to have that kind of flexibility and mobility when I’m that age!” I tried out a couple of workouts on YouTube, and then signed up for your streaming service. I’ve been doing at least 25 minutes per day (usually longer) every day for 5 weeks now! I feel SO different, I can’t believe it. My posture is much better, my legs and arms feel longer and stronger, and my core is much flatter and stronger all around. I also lift weights once a week, and my trainer has commented on my body’s changes. But the most important change is that I feel younger and have more energy. Here’s the weird part: no one I’ve talked to (and believe me, I’ve told everyone I know) has heard of Essentrics. Including my OT/Pilates friend, my yoga friends, my gym trainer, etc. Very strange, but I want to thank you sincerely for your technique and wonderful workouts (Miranda and Sahra!).
I love, love, love Classical Stretch. I’ve been exercising with Classical Stretch and Essentrics for several years and I have more strength and flexibility than when I was working out with weights faithfully. I enjoy it so much that I do 2 different season’s workouts per day and I look forward to the mix and what a difference it has made in my body. Mixing up the routine has given my body a different challenge… thanks so much because I look and feel much younger.
Good Morning, Essentrics People! I was wandering around the library two weeks ago and saw the the Aging Backwards book. I love health related books and like to spend time reading every night on health related topics. For years, I have believed that we can slow down and even reverse ageing with proper exercise and nutrition, so the title of the book alone was intriguing. I committed to reading a small amount every night. I was so impressed by what I was reading I shared the info with a friend of mine who is trying to get on a professional soccer team. He was so impressed, he bought the book and is implementing the stretches in hopes to avoid the types of injuries that he keeps getting. Anyways, the explanation in the book about fascia and how it can get twisted stuck with me. Just about every other day, I take some time to practice the stretches, focusing on getting the form right. Just two days of doing some hip stretches and the tightness in my groin area that I have had FOR YEARS (despite regular exercise) is almost gone. I can now do pliers without pain in my groin. I can’t believe how fast that was. But here is the REAL reason I am writing…two years ago, I had my fourth c-section. It left me with what looked like a bubble or hernia on my lower abs. ugh!! I had my doctors look at it. They said it commonly happens with c-sections and they can’t do anything about it. It happens when the fascia twists and creates a bubble of fluid. They call them cysts. The doctor said she could drain it but it would probably come back. I could have a plastic surgeon look at it, but as you could imagine I would have to deal with all the risks from yet another surgery. I had accepted this deformation would be with me for the rest of my life. I was not thinking about this so called cysts this week when I found the mini ab workout on you tube. I think I did two of them this week plus another intro video….and guess what??? My fascia cyst is GONE. I cannot tell you what a pleasant and unexpected surprise this is!! I look at it in the mirror and hope that one day I could afford plastic surgery to remove it. I am thrilled to have my flat tummy back again! Thank you! I plan on contacting my doctor’s office and sharing this info with them.
I wanted to write to tell you how amazing your program has transformed my body. I am 37 years old. I was a kick line dancer in my early years (14-20) By the time I had my second child I had lost all of my flexibility. At my yearly physical exam, I was told I was at the maximum weight for my height. Not overweight, but at the point that if I continued to gain at the rate I was gaining and not find a good exercise program that was where I was headed. Yikes!!! I was diagnosed with Menieres disease (inner ear disorder) 5 years ago. I was told to be careful with what exercise I did.
Jumping up and down aerobics classes wouldn’t be a good fit as I would lose my balance and feel “the spins”. I was getting totally bored with just walking. I was flipping through the channels and came across your program on PBS. I watch it every day and even do a workout of my favorite moves on the weekends (The alphabet is perfect to help my balance and strengthen my legs).
Your program is a perfect fit. I have my balance back, I have not had any Menieres “attacks”, my flexibility is as if I were 20 again! Thank you so very much for your terrific program! I look forward to waking up and staying in shape with you very morning!
I started doing Classical Stretch on PBS last September when my son started school. I have been doing it 3-4 times per week for 10 months and look and feel better. I was not overweight before but needed to tone. I have lost 5 pounds and several inches from my waist and legs. I can wear a size 4-6. All of my clothes are too big.
I am 40 years old, have had a baby and can wear clothes I wore when I was in my 20’s. I might even wear a bikini this year. I also used to have alot of back pain and tightness. I now rarely have back problems and when I do I can cure myself with Classical Stretch. Thank you so much.
North Carolina, USA
Since about three years ago when I first discovered your exercises I have been totally in love with them and what they have done for my body! I want to explain that I have been a type 1 diabetic for 32 years now and the aging process with this disease is not easy, however, I am still alive and enjoying life especially with my exercises and feeling so good when I do them and after I’m done! I especially enjoy the health challenge exercises which I do every day for 1 and 1/2 hours!!! I am and have recommended your exercises to my whole family in the US and Europe! Thank you so much and Merci beaucoup!!!
Took a series of 5 consecutive classes at the Montreal studio. The reception was very welcoming and helpful in organizing a suitable sequence. Quite enjoyable. We started the classes right on time. The instruction was clear and concise and easy to follow and although some moves were too stressful on my legs and I had to ease up and relax for a moment, there was absolutely no pressure to be heroic. On the negative side, those little rubber thingies on the barre kept slipping around and I couldn’t keep a stable foot position. By the afternoon of the third class I at one point realized that, “Wow, I feel really good”. My independent thoughts and discoveries coupled with a happenstance encounter with Miranda on a PBS broadcast led me to think that this is the way to go. Now I’m convinced of it.
I didn’t follow the 30 day health challenge consistently however I already know how incredible I feel in days following my stretch sessions. I’ve been doing classical stretch since 2009 when i first discovered it on PBS. I caught the tail end of one of the episodes and I couldn’t believe how amazing and energized my body felt. I then became interested and have purchased several seasons. It is truly a wonderful effective program for strength, mobility and toning. Thank your this program!
I have been working on a sugar free and healthy eating plan since Jan 1st and losing weight and getting more fit was a goal. It was fun and felt great to follow through to do this challenge. I also saw great benefits in toning and continued weight loss. I have been doing these workouts 4 days a week for a year now, but amping up to daily was easy and beneficial. Miranda’s workouts have been a great evolution to my physical health and routines at this stage of my life.
When I was younger I spent my days involved with ballet. After I graduated college I turned to the latest fitness craze – weight machines and aerobics. I gradually developed bulky legs and broad shoulders. I lost the ability to move with the grace that once came so naturally. I was thrilled to discover Essentrics and Classical Stretch. I still have a long way to go but I see my body changing back to the body of my youth. My legs are still strong but they grow slimmer every day. Thank you for creating this program! I now know I will look better at 60 than I did at 50.
Began the New Year in a weight loss program with my younger sister so that we could support each other as we regain our core strength and lose weight. I have a very damages L1S5 and need to continually work on stretching and core muscles so I do not do any more damage. I also have two little grand-babies I want to be able to play with for many years to come! My sister and I live many states apart, but use the tellie and email to communicate daily with recipes, encouragement and motivation. I’ve told her about your wonderful exercise program and I look forward to sharing this challenge with her too!
I am a relatively active person; I like to ride bicycles, swim, and garden. My activities were interrupted by a knee replacement surgery, but with the help of a very good physical therapist, I was able to resume my activities! This fall I was determined to lose the weight that I had gained over the holidays last year. So, I started a good vitamin regime, a ‘Sugar Busters’ eating program, and an amino acids program as outlined in Julia Ross’ book, The Cravings Cure. Everything I was doing seemed to be working, and on November 1st, I started doing Essentrics! One of my friends that is working on becoming certified, lent me her beginners DVD. After the first session of Mobility and Bone Strengthening, I was hooked, and have been doing a routine every day since. I have added to my collection of DVDs, so I could return my friend’s copy, as well as have extra copies to loan out to others! The weight has been dropping and I feel great! I love Essentrics! I am looking forward to the challenge, so I can follow ‘a plan’ and not just pick what I feel like doing for the day. I am sure that I will get stronger, my posture will improve, and have more endurance for long distance bicycle rides! Also expecting to drop another ten pounds! I am happy to submit another testimonial after this challenge, as I believe that the discipline of the scheduled plan will be helpful!
I started the Essentrics program in January or February of this year. I started feeling the results immediately. By May I was doing the 30-day challenge. By the end of the 30 days I saw great results! My thighs were thinner (I was no longer squeezing into the legs of my jeans), my waist stopped going over the edge of my waistband, and my arms were toned again! I did a video every day during the summer and I am so happy with the results! I feel and look stronger. I teach art at a K-5th grade elementary school. I use the hand exercises to help my students warm up their fingers and wrists before we begin our projects. Oh, the moaning from 8-10 year olds astounds me sometimes. But they all enjoy it now! Thank you for creating such a wonderful, simple program. I look forward to it every morning!
Hi, Miranda! Thank you for your work. I love working out with you every day, and though you’re on TV and you can’t hear me, I always thank you and tell you I love you after the workout! So today I wanted you to be able to hear it! LOL! My sister told me about your show on PBS and since I’ve been working out with you every day, I feel fantastic. I love that the workouts are pleasant and not too hard.
Miranda, you have honestly impacted my life so much. I have recorded and completed Classical Stretch since I was pregnant with my first child in 2011. 3 children and 5 1/2 years later, my body can tell when I have not done your program. Some days even when I do not formally watch your program, I try to implement some of your ideas and remember a lot of what I have learned from you. I feel as though you have taught me so much about my body and how to listen to it. I love how you remind listeners to work for the mobility they want and not to be “easy” on yourself. You are an inspiration and I cannot believe where I would be if I had not honestly stumbled upon your show one early morning. Thank you so much.
I have used the Back to Jamaica DVD for years. I am part of Juniper Farm a certified organic vegetable farm in Wakefield Quebec and each day I use muscles from all parts of the body. Classical Stretch keeps me injury free, flexible and above all not sore or stiff. Miranda, thank you for my morning regime. Your program is terrific!
I have been looking for a way to gain flexibility and tone my core. I tried yoga but it was too long and I was intimidated by the others in the group. I have been doing the Classical Stretch every morning now for a week and I LOVE it. Well it is challenging, but Miranda is so encouraging and lovely in her presentation I want to try my best. I immediately feel great afterwards and it is only a half an hour and I am done. This is a perfect workout for me. I am very grateful for the workout and for Miranda’s energy. What a wonderful find! Thank you!
I must admit I didn’t exercise everyday but… I am not going to beat myself up over it! I’ll continue my quest for a long healthy life, which will include Essentrics. So, what changes have I noticed? More energy, better sleep, and more flexibility/stamina working throughout the day. I have also learned that when I get “tired” mid-afternoon, a little bit of Essentrics helps just as much and is way better for me, then my usual cup of coffee and, dare I share this…. pastry. But best of all, my husband noticed how nice my posture was! He said I looked like Miranda!
I have been very committed to Miranda’s program since discovering Classical Stretch on PBS in January of this year. I used to own a yoga studio, and taught yoga and fitness for 15+ years. I’m now a financial advisor, so I spend a lot of time sitting. I need to move my body daily, and this is absolutely the BEST stretch class I have ever “attended”. In the last few weeks, I have noticed stronger core, legs and arms, it’s especially noticeable in my golf game! I love Miranda’s teaching, her knowledge, her encouragement. Thank you, Miranda, for sharing your gifts! I look forward to moving and aging backwards in the years to come!
I have been exercising with Miranda since she first appeared on PBS television in 1999. I also have several of the videos I take with me on a cruise etc. Now I am able to watch two back to back sessions every day, a different series. Nice to get an hour workout. I enjoy the books also. Frustrating that I am not able to get my husband and more people interested in doing the program; just don’t know what they’re missing in their life. Keep up the good work and stay on TV.
I have been doing Classical Stretch daily for a year from DVDs. Each morning I look forward to getting up and doing a workout before I do anything else.
When I am consistent with the program I feel so good. I started doing the program in 2009 and rave about it to others. I have inspired some along the way to do the program and currently, she tells me how much better she feels and within 2 weeks there was a noticeable difference for my friend. I love the program and will do it for the rest of my life. Thank you, Miranda.
I stumbled across your exercise videos early one morning on PBS a couple of years ago. I have done Jazzercize, running, swimming and even reached a level where I could teach kickboxing a while back but none of these programs was what I really enjoyed enough to keep doing the program every day. That first time I remember thinking this can’t possibly produce results. I noticed a marked difference the very first time I completed a twenty-minute program. But let me share a more interesting result. My husband and I own a four and one half acre blueberry farm. Even though we have over 400 plants we aren’t large enough to hire out to do the field work. So he and I do all the mowing, weeding, trimming, cutting etc. ourselves. It is my job to use a special machine to work around each plant. It takes a lot of strength to keep this machine under control. I also do a lot of bending and pulling weeds and blackberry bushes all to get the fields ready for u-pick. I had been using your videos (two or three programs a day) for about six months when spring had arrived and we were in full preparation mode for summer picking. I became aware that I had no problem using this machine. There was no discomfort in my shoulders or my back or core. I was so surprised. This is the second year that I have been able to use the trimmer without discomfort. And I first thought that this program couldn’t possibly bring results! Not only does the program help me maintain my weight, it enables to move with grace and comfort. I am doing two to three programs a day because I love doing them and I find a new way to use the movement demonstrated in all my activities. (Which includes spending very active times with my two grandsons–riding bikes, swimming, walking, and picking and eating blueberries!)I talk a lot classical stretch to anyone who will listen–I can say that I actually enjoy exercise and I do to anyone who will listen!
I first started Classical Stretch a year ago with my sister in law! I love it and I can see a difference with only a couple of workouts a week. Want to be accountable every day to see more results!
After 3 years of having health issues on and off, one thing I can always depend on to make me feel better is Essentrics. I have been a fan for a few years now and I’m very much interested in taking the trainer certification one day. I feel the 30-day challenge is a fun way to get into the habit if practicing it consistently. I am looking forward to how much better I know I will look and feel in 30 days.
After doing yoga (almost) daily for years I started noticing that if I sat for any length of time it was hard to stand and then begin to walk. After 20-100 steps, depending on the day, everything was fine again and off I’d go. Someone told me about Classical Stretch and I have been doing it ever since. Miranda’s reference to fascia and the importance of continuing to move while you exercise resonated for me.
I have been doing your PBS workouts for 6 months and I love how they make me feel. I have more flexibility and energy.
I’ve been doing classical stretch for several years now and love it!
I am on the road to realizing my BEST, HEALTHY self! I am incorporating nutrition, exercise as well as mental “”floss”” (prayer and meditation). I fell off the wagon a decade ago – to be my best, authentic self, I NEED these things. Miranda is an inspiration and I love the workouts! Thank you for developing such a rounded workout that takes care of the aging body…gently.
By doing the Classical Stretch workouts broadcast on my local PBS station, I am in better shape at age 70 than I have ever been in my life. My friends and my daughter keep ourselves motivated by asking “Have you Mirandized today?” No one wants to say “no”. Miranda is an “on screen girlfriend” who has helped change our lives for the better.
I used to do Classical Stretch every day and felt better than I had in years. But my husband and I bought a fixer upper house and stopped since I was spending all my time working on it. Now that’s it’s done, I need to start it again. Love it! I have a full season DVD’s so I never get bored of it!
I became motivated to get healthier after I had a double coronary bypass at age 58. I learned to eat healthy and exercise. After 8 years of going to the gym I discovered Essentrics and was delighted to rejuvenate my joints – Head to Toe! Essentrics is actually better exercise that my routine of treadmill, elliptical, and bike.
I have needed to reintroduce daily exercise into my life. I have had back and foot surgery and both have left my body with inflamed tendons and stiff muscles. I found Classical Stretch by total accident – or perhaps the universe was telling me something – as I woke up on my couch to the show playing. I have decided to follow this show for at least a month every morning as it is exactly what I need. A gentle way to move my body and start my day. Plus, it makes me sweat and improves my posture – and that is after only one session. I am hoping to get accomplish all fitness goals – strength, posture, pain relief – but in particular I hope Classical Stretch will improve my flexibility.
I’ve been practicing Essentrics for two years and just love it. I also practice yoga but lesser so. I used to do more yoga than Essentrics but find Essentrics brings more joy and results. Now, I do more Essentrics than yoga. However, the combination of it and yoga have made me very body aware and hence I make better choices about eating and sleeping and taking care of myself. Essentrics is a way of life – not simply an exercise program! I am a mum of two young adults who both plan to have families in the near future and I want to be that grandparent who has energy and stamina to play with my grandchildren. And besides, I love how energetic I feel and I don’t hate it when someone tells me how refreshed, healthy and young I look and seem. Who doesn’t like those things! Thanks for the work that you do. If only everyone could understand that exercise is meant to be joyful and add to the quality of your life so that when not exercising, you can do so many enjoyable activities, more people would do it! I share the program as often as I can! Keep up the great work! You all inspire me to be my best self!
I recently retired, and my exercise routine fell apart (I used to go to the gym at work). I need strength and flexibility, and I need structure or I won’t exercise. (Didn’t love the strength class I went to, but it was effective.) A friend recommended Essentrics. I decided to try for a month and see… Love it, but still getting used to the moves. Love having a “curriculum” to follow.
Thank you to the creators of Essentrics and the wonderful staff. Also, thank you for providing the wonderful service of Essentrics TV. My pregnancy has been symptom free up to 37 weeks! I started practicing the pregnancy DVDs daily around month 4. I have had no hip pain, no back pain, no leg cramps and not even digestion issues. I just practice the pregnancy workouts daily and do a few Essentrics stretches before bed. Before pregnancy I had on off sciatica and used Essentrics DVDs to overcome it. I was expecting a flare up of sciatic pain during my pregnancy but so far nothing. My midwives and doctor are also very impressed with my healthy pregnancy. I am so impressed and look forward to studying Essentrics after my pregnancy.
I have been doing the workouts of Essentrics and Classical Stretch for 2 months and I just love them! I already have more strength and flexibility. I do them each morning first thing out of bed! I look forward to my workouts and am inspired to live a healthier life.
I’m approaching 60 truly ready to take care of my body. Previously moderately active, I’d shifted towards sedentary – now aging forward instead of backwards. As a Connective Tissue specialist, I recognize the many valuable benefits resultant from Essentrics full body rebalancing through simultaneous stretching and strengthening. 20 years of massage and bodywork education make the theoretical portion of the program an easy extension of my knowledge, but I’m a beginner at actually keeping up with the workout! I’ve personally educated myself on, prepared for and have now executed plant-based nutrition in 2017, losing 20 pounds and decreasing my body fat 5%. I’m going to approach the challenge of getting myself physically fit in the same way: education, preparation and execution. Education (watching Miranda’s SUPER helpful instructional videos to learn the moves – prevents frustration when the challenge starts), preparation (putting an hour for myself into my schedule every day now – so when the challenge starts, time is no excuse) and at the end of the month – challenge starts and time for execution (YAY!!) Absolutely stellar! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
I started Classical stretch 12 years ago when I happened upon it on a PBS channel. I am an Adv Nurse Practitioner specializing in pain management. My belief in this style of stretching as exercise is the best I have ever tried….and I have tried them all! I tell all my patients, family and friends about Classical Stretch! I have stretched with Miranda 5-6 mornings a week for 12 years! I am 64 years old and am my high school weight of 120lbs and in the best physical and mental shape of my life! I am an avid pickleball player also, and Miranda has surely kept me from injuring myself by keeping me agile! Thank you, Miranda! My next adventure will be to become an Essentrics instructor!
I started with Miranda Esmonde-White a little over a year ago and have never felt better in my life. Now my husband exercises with me every morning.
My dream is to be an instructor however I am happy to be exercising most every day with my streaming and DVD’s. I love Essentrics and classical stretch. My goal is to be the strongest and most flexible 70+ around! Talk about aging backwards, this program is fabulous! You just have to do it!
I have exercised my whole life. In fact, I became a certified trainer about 7 years ago. I discovered Classical Stretch on my PBS station 3 years ago and cannot express how grateful that I did. Nothing has changed my body the way Classical Stretch has. I feel better than ever, fit, healthy, slim, flexible, young, sexy! I cannot get enough! I recommend this to all my friends and family. My sincerest thanks to Miranda, Sahra, and the whole crew!
Very truly yours
My sister-in-law shared a DVD with me last year and I loved it! Bought the Weight Loss series and can see changes in my health and body and I’ve only been doing 3 x a week!
This past January the Classical Stretch PBS fundraising special magically appeared recorded on my DVR – neither myself nor my husband recorded it – and I was immediately intrigued. I started recording 6:30 am episodes, and very quickly ended up purchasing seasons 9, 10, and 11. I have been faithfully doing Essentrics ever since, rarely missing a day. I’ve toned up, lost some weight, and best of all regained an inch of my height! I’ve finally found my soulmate workout!
Changed my body and feeling great! No aches. I’ve been doing Essentrics for about 4 years. I am a fan of WYCC Chicago. I get up before 6AM to do it on TV. I also have the CDs and exercise 6 to 7 mornings a week. I need to keep up with our 15 grandchildren!
A friend with a second home in Steamboat Springs CO told me about Essentrics and the classes she took there. Here in Kansas City there are no instructors so I get up every morning at 6:30 and follow the show on PBS.
I am the owner of a Holistic Health Center and have tried many different types of exercise programs. I started Classical Stretching a few months ago, I noticed an improvement in my flexibility and energy level. I have been recommending it to my clients, who love it! A nice added bonus – the cellulite on my thighs has noticeably smoothed out! Thank you!
I began working out with Miranda via the Classical Stretch TV show broadcast on PBS in January of 2016. I committed to the workout 5 days a week. My body is changing immensely and I feel strong and energized. I have osteoporosis and I am confident that God led me to discover the workout. I look and feel terrific and I am thankful for Miranda and her teaching.
My husband joe and I have been practicing Essentrics, first on PBS, then by subscription. Joe has had multiple sessions for physical therapy and Essentrics keeps him stabilized. I have exercised all my life, certified to offer yoga through the Kripalu Centre for Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA. We both garden and walk vigorously, yet Essentrics offers a vast array of knowledge about how to exercise safely every day. I have gone through all the sessions at least five times, typically two per day. It is energizing and life giving. The instruction is superb and we like the challenge of movements. All the instructors have their own skills. We travel about three months a year for UN projects, so having the convenience of Essentrics has helped us enormously to shift hotels, airports, conferences, gala dinners and to keep balanced. Everywhere we go, you are cited by us as the best way to stay informed and healthy, maintaining quality of life forever. The 30-day Challenge was a chance to highlight specific classes that we both liked. I will repeat it again and again. Peace to all of you.
Joseph and Barbara B.
I’ve tried a lot of different types of exercise, but the Essentrics ways is the greatest. I notice the result in the first week. I’m turning 40 this year, but my body says I’m 30. I feel it in the way I walk, I move, and even the back pain that I got from sitting at a desk all day has disappeared. The fact that it takes only 25 minutes a day is so great. And I can choose a different one every day if I want. I can go slow and have a better result than running for 40 minutes. I even do it on the job with my colleague that made me discover Essentrics. I will make my mother start so she can have a better life and reducing the pain that follows her. It’s the best way to feel alive. Thanks a lot.
With more than 10 years of following Classical Stretch via PBS, videos and now streaming I realize the benefits of these effective maneuvers.
I found Miranda on PBS while looking through channels in April of 2016. I exercise with her every day. While I will never be able to do with my legs what she does, I am much more fit than when I was doing “other” exercises and lifting weights. I feel an affinity to her as we are both the same age and both breast cancer survivors. God Bless Miranda and PBS for sharing her, and all those that teach her classes.
After years of middle distance running and racing (+ 10K) I have found that Classical Stretch (via KBYU, Provo, Utah and CD’s) is a solid path to full body strength and mental satisfaction in a brief daily workout. Thank you.
I have really felt the benefits of exercising the Classical Stretch way. I have DVR’d the programs on NJTV and play them back, usually after work. The exercises have really helped me to feel more flexible and pain-free. I think it has also helped me to lose weight.
I started Essentrics exercises because I needed to do something. I have tried different routines before this and have been for physiotherapy, acupuncture and massage. All are helpful but I was constantly spending money to feel reasonably good. Walking tall was a struggle. These Essentrics exercises are wonderful and I can feel the effects after only two – three weeks of following Miranda along with the DVD. Thank you.
I thoroughly enjoyed the 30 Day Health Challenge, and just started a new rotation this morning. I have had the pleasure for many years to catch Miranda’s show on my local Rocky Mountain PBS station, and I own a handful of the Classical Stretch DVDs. I also attended a weekend retreat in Estes Park back in May of 2013, and enjoyed that immensely. Your recent challenge came about during a difficult time in my life – over the last two years I have had to care for ill in-laws, and dealt with both of their passing away within 3 months of each other. The personal stress and struggles I had in dealing with our family’s loss, as well as other changes in my life, led me to stop taking care of myself in several ways, which included me stopping my exercise with Classical Stretch. However, a couple of months ago I decided it was time to start taking better care of myself, as I look ahead to turning 50 in February 2018. Your challenge was the perfect way for me to begin this journey of getting back to “me!” I printed off the schedule you provided and hung it on my fridge. It was great holding myself accountable, and having that visual to guide me. I did not miss a single day! Thank you so much for always being there, and providing such wonderful exercise for mind, body and soul. I appreciate all that you do, and am so grateful that you have been such a positive influence in my life. I look forward to feeling healthier and stronger as I approach the age of 50, knowing that Classical Stretch will be helping me along the way. Take care, and God bless!
I discovered Essentrics during a class at the YMCA and instantly fell in love with it. So much so that I brought my two work colleges to join me in a class and they were hooked. Unfortunately, the Essentrics instructor left the YMCA and we knew we had to continue our own. We decided we would purchase some DVD’s and take over our office boardroom during our lunch period. That was the best decision we have made and have committed to three times a week. We upload the Essentrics DVD to the very large screen in our boardroom and as we stretch to the music and enjoy the visual beauty of the ocean background, we become transformed, relaxed, energized and fully appreciate how Essentrics has become so very beneficial to us, physically and mentally. Thank you Essentrics!
I love these series, they are movement oriented, alignment is stressed and the scenery fantastic. Every time I watch a video, I learn something new – something to strive for. I feel great and have tons of energy. Thank you!
I discovered Classical Stretch in December 2016, when I stumbled upon it at 5 a.m. on a PBS station. I started doing it along with Miranda and fell in love with it, so I was excited to do the 30-Day Challenge! I didn’t miss a single day, and I can feel a difference in my body. Muscle tension and tightness are easily released and I’ve built muscle tone in my thighs and upper arms. I’ve decided to keep going and turn my 30-Day Challenge into a 60-Day one. Then 90 days, etc.! Thank you for Classical Stretch/Essentrics. I’m especially grateful for Sahra; she’s an excellent instructor because her explanations help me get into and keep the correct form for the movements.
I was motivated by the sequential variety of the daily selections. It was never boring. Therefore, I never missed a day. I was thrilled that I was no longer “”condemned to the freedom of choice”” from the many offerings. I intend to follow the 30-Day Challenge workout categories, substituting episodes. Thank you for keeping me motivated and engaged!
I appreciate the variety of workouts, the reminder of how much I like Season 10 with its seascape backgrounds, the vintage Miranda workouts, Sarah’s programs, and the overall experience of being included in something larger than myself. This winter has been especially challenging for many US women so the support of women to join together, keep active, and care for ourselves has been an antidote to depression. Essentrics, you played an important part.
I used to play sports and just did a hardcore weight/cardio challenge. Over time I hurt myself more than anything. I saw Essentrics on Facebook and started the challenge. Heck, what did I have to lose. I LOVE IT!! I am stronger, no aches and pains, and feel freer in breathing and clarity in brain and body. I am going to get the videos. I love this concept. Thank you guys for doing what you do! Keep up the great job you all do. I tell everyone I know.
It was an awesome challenge! I did an exercise routine when I normally wouldn’t have just because of the challenge. On Day #27 I was doing a stretch routine at 10PM because I was so close to succeeding in the 30-day challenge. Thanks much! PS I adore Miranda. Keep up the good work!
I have been doing Classical Stretch every morning for the past few years. From the first time I did it I felt amazing after the workout. I am hooked and feel so much better. I usually do 2 classes each week day and one on the weekends. Such a great program.
I have been doing classical stretch throughout all 11 seasons, but I committed to the challenge and did it! I feel great!
I caught your show on PBS IN December and instantly knew this is what I needed in my life. I bought your dvd and started on January 7th I do one 30 minute class every day and | can’t begin to tell you how much better I feel the bonus is I have lost 14 lbs. Thank you I am telling all my friends about your program so they too can feel better.
Just had to acknowledge how amazing season 10, episode 3 has been for me. A new workout I discovered in the Health Challenge. The movements are exquisite. Miranda explains them with such knowledge and attention. I feel benefits everywhere in my body. A superstar of a program! Thank you!!
I have enjoyed Classical Stretch for 3 years. I have actually grown! When I was young I was 5’4 1/2 inches tall. Over time I shrunk to 5’4″. My last physical I was 5’5″!!! My posture has never been better. My achy hips no longer ache. The program is great for stress relief. The program just feels so good. My body thanks you. And thank you for being on IPT. I tell everyone about it.
Hello! My Husband (of 30 years) and I have always believed it is important maintain a healthy level of physical fitness. We have tried many programs together, (yoga pilates, work-out videos), and even had a weight room set up in our home. When we found Classical Stretch last year we knew we had finally found the program we have been looking for all of these years. This program works out every part of our bodies giving us full mobility. I especially love that even our fingers and toes are included! Our weight equipment is for sale! We won’t be needed it anymore and we look forward to enjoying fitness with Classical Stretch/Essentrics for many years to come! Thank you!!!!!
I started this program when I was 72. I am now 77. I do it faithfully 5 times a week and love it. I feel fabulous. I hope to participate in a retreat with my two daughters in the near future.
Mary Jo Culver
Classical Stretch has provided me a body fit enough (in my Golden Years) to participate in a Global Village home build for Habitat for Humanity and to do an indoor sky jump (in a vertical wind tunnel) with my children and grandchildren. That is a lot better than the sedentary life of chronic pain I was preparing to experience without Essentrics in my life!
I found Miranda on PBS television. I have been a faithful follower for years. The Classic Stretch program changed my life. Thanks Miranda!
Last night, my 10-month old nephew was over, who has been walking for about 2 months. He was scooting all over the living room and his Auntie Martha was able to scoot right along with him. My mom was so impressed by how limber I was. I told that I had just ONE PERSON to thank! So thank you, Maranda –You are one of the blessings in my life!
I will use Classical Stretch for the rest of my life. This service (along with two similar PBS programs) helped me defeat nine different disabling orthopedic conditions over a six year time period. I am almost done with the last one, a serious quad injury. At the age of 60, Classical Stretch helped me go from disabled to athletic, keep my weight low, and give me higher fitness goals than I would have dreamed possible.
I am 64 and have been doing the season 10 Classical Stretch TV series daily since 12/26/15 and have really noticed a difference in my body. I do at least 1 or 2 episodes daily. I have always worked out doing all forms of fitness since in my early 20’s. This is the best workout series I have ever used. People keep asking me if I have lost weight. I have firmed up and my waist is down an inch. I have always felt strong but now feel stronger. I love the flexibility that I feel in my spine. When done with a workout I always feel as though I have just had a back massage.
I have been doing Classical Stretch/Essentrics five days/week for over 3 years and love it. Shortly after I retired in February 2013, I found the program on a local PBS station. By the end of the second week, I could see a remarkable change in my appearance and in the way I felt. I was hooked. I purchased a set of DVD¹s to take with me when on vacation. I grew 3/4 of an inch and lost 20 lbs. and look fabulous (forty years of desk work had really taken a toll on my body and I had become the shape of the office cubicle I sat in). My goal is to slowly learn and practice the instructor material so I can share this terrific, life-changing program. I would like to be able to teach older people (like myself) to reduce or eliminate every day aches and pains and achieve a higher level of fitness… this will be a fun endeavor sharing something I truly believe in. Thank you to Miranda and her entire team for up-lifting me and improving my well-being, which I hope to share with others.
I bought of bunch of DVDs lead by Sarah a few months ago and I just wanted to take a minute to tell you that I am so grateful. These workouts have changed my life both physically and spiritually. Thank you so much for all the time and energy you put into your creating. I feel like I have a new best friend.
I worked out once a week with a professional trainer. I was always sore, though, and constantly needing to get massages. One day, my masseuse told me about Classical Stretch, and that she loved it, and actually did little workouts during breaks between giving massages! She showed me Essentrics TV, and I was intrigued. I started that night and was hooked. At first, the workouts were releasing so much pent up stress that I’d have to lie down a bit afterwards. After a week, my entire posture changed. I felt so good. I was learning so much with Miranda: the teachings about fitness Miranda gives during the workouts are so insightful! The workouts with the professional trainer were making me feel worse, so I stopped. Fast forward 6 months, and I have not missed a day with Miranda and Sahra unless I had a cold and was on medicine. I do one workout daily even if I’m traveling. I use my phone or computer right in the hotel room even if it’s almost midnight, I get my workout in! I have never been regular about exercise and am now. I feel light years better. The strength is both internal and external. My mind is relaxed, proud, and happy after each “mini vacation” workout. It helps me cope with some difficult times in work and home life. If I wake up nervously anticipating my workday ahead, I feel ready once I’ve had my 23 minutes with Miranda. I even got promoted. I went back to the masseuse who recommended Classical Stretch to me. As she felt my back and legs she could not believe the difference. No knots. Excellent strength. “You feel so balanced in your musculature. Like a dancer!” She was amazed! On Christmas morning, I literally said, “Merry Christmas, Miranda!” to my screen! Thank you for your personality, encouragement, gentle and brilliant workouts. I am tremendously grateful! Los Altos, CA
My name is Erin, I am 33. I stumbled upon Classical Stretch on PBS when looking for an alternative workout while pregnant with my son. My life completely changed, as did my body, from that moment on. My son is now 2 and I do Classical Stretch everyday. I am often asked how I maintain my figure after pregnancy and I will tell all who will listen how cutting edge and life changing this program is. I realized that I wanted to take the commitment I already have to doing this workout daily, and combine it with the passion I have to share it with others by becoming certified to teach! I am looking forward to joining this amazing team of trainers!
Just wanted to thank you for your wonderful program…I’m in Tucson and I do it at 6:30am…took me time to get used to that hour but it was worth it…I feel so much better…you’re the only trainer who starts out slow and builds…and I love it…and that you are a former dancer ( I can relate to many of the moves…I have some dance training and would love to do it again)… I also love how you explain each move’s benefit…it’s encouraging and informative…
I started doing Essentrics workouts about two months ago. I saw a PBS special about Classical Stretch and I was intrigued. I have exercised my whole life, but the jarring, pounding exercises were taking a toll on my joints. I have RA and I know the importance of moving every day. I love Essentrics! I have noticed my body changing in ways I never expected. I am more toned, my joints and muscles feel so much better and I know I am doing something good for my body. Thank you for this wonderful method of movement. This is something I can do for the rest of my life.
I cannot begin to express my love for Classical Stretch. Started last October 2015 and have done it 7 times a week since the first workout. I’ve never felt better or taller. No longer do I feel the need to lift heavy weights or do pounding aerobics. I only supplement the class by walking 10,000 steps a day with a renewed spring in my step.
Royal Oak, MI.
I just found Aging Backwards – I normally stretch for 30 minutes and do yoga for 30 minutes every day. I tried your first posture routine and 2/3 into it, my dog had to go out. So I stopped and walked him and realized I felt different! I had perfect posture with no muscle tightness, I felt lighter, graceful as if floating. I was astonished! I have never felt that after years of yoga. What a difference.
I loved the 30 day challenge from January 2015. I got to know different workouts. I got to see how changing the workout every day helped different parts of my body. And I loved how much better my body felt. It got me thinking that maybe it’s not health problems I have, but lack of exercise problems, because after exercising every day for only 10 days, I felt much more strong, lithe, fit and flexible. Maybe I don’t need all those supplements. Maybe I need to do Essentrics every day instead.
I wanted to thank you again for all you do. I posted on your Facebook wall last summer that in my grief (my father passed away) I had difficulty being active. The only thing that helped to “wake me up” and return to my normal healthy habits was you! My father died at 65 simply because he wouldn’t take care of himself in any way. He was confined to a wheelchair because he wouldn’t move. All throughout my childhood he just sat in a recliner, glued to the TV. When I would visit my father in the nursing home or hospital, none of the doctors or nurses thought he could be my father- they all assumed he was my grandfather. That is how much his inactivity prematurely aged him. His bad habits were enough of a motivator for me to be the opposite and so I’m a very healthy adult (and a good role model for my students, friends, and congregation). But once grief took over, it was hard for me to be motivated, and I credit you with restoring my motivation. I really enjoy your positivity, your healthy advice, and the sharing of success stories. I also enjoy the relaxing music and the locations you film in- it makes me feel like I’m on vacation too! Classical Stretch looks like it should be easy, but you really work us!! My figure is improving and so has my posture. Thank you for creating such a positive and effective program. You are a role model to me and countless others!
What a great way to stay fit without leaving the house! I work from home primarily and have two young children. This has given me the opportunity to challenge my body while improving my posture and flexibility. Streaming Essentrics and Classical Stretch DVDs were such a blessing for me. Thank you so much!
So happy with the Health 30 day Challenge from January 2016 . Thank you so much! It really helped me understand the technique in a new way and improved many aspects of my own form. I thought the Super Sculpting Series was the best for toning, but now I am in love with Miranda’s vintage Arms/Abs and Butt/Legs
My daughter and I accepted the 30 day challenge in January 2016, and we were able to stick with it for most days. If we missed a day we would work harder the next. We are feeling great and really notice a difference in our flexibility. We will continue to exercise and be motivated by Miranda and Essentrics tv. Thanks.
What’s NOT to Love?! -Low impact exercises explained to you, as they help move, stretch and strengthen your muscles, joints and increase mitochondria! -A multitude of routines that can be done in your own home, at your own time, with little to no equipment necessary for any age and conditioning. -costing .50 cents a day (if you have the streaming membership). I can’t come up with any excuse not to do the Essentrics program..!
San Diego, CA
Loved the 30-Day Challenge you had in January; it was a great incentive for combating the winter blues by participating in healthful exercise! I utilized Essentrics DVD’s every day & the results are very positive : )
I have been doing exercises with you on PBS for about a month and I love it! You seem to really know about the human body and you share your knowledge so sweetly and just a bit at a time. Your personality is so endearing. And I finish your program feeling good, not exhausted or sore.
I hope to see improvement in my posture and more balance and flexibility as I continue with you. But the important part is that I enjoy it so that keeps me coming back for more.
Thank you Essentrics for your wonderful contribution to exercise. I have been using several of your DVDs and am finding shockingly better muscle tone. I am 64 and always have been active doing a variety of exercise from walking, yoga, qigong, somatics and Jane Fonda style exercises. I have no big health issues, and think I am reasonably fit from them after all these years. But, in all honesty, I have experienced significant posture and muscle strength improvement after just about a month of doing your program. And I thought my posture had been pretty good. I just feel lighter and more settled in my stance. It is truly amazing. I really look forward to doing them every morning.. faithfully.
Dear Esmonde Technique Staff,
What success stories can you share about swimmer athletes who use Classical Stretch/Essentrics? Our son is a freshman in high school and on the swim team. I would like to talk to his coach, who is also an Occupational Therapist, about Essentrics as a part of their training. Also, which program would you recommend I suggest for them to start with?
I first learned about Classical Stretch this spring when my mom experienced dramatic results in flexibility and movement after a month of following Miranda on PBS. I introduced my mother-in-love (my husband’s mom) to the program and she has since purchased the Essentrics training materials to begin her certification.
Miranda and Sahra are becoming a regular part of our family. As a mother of six boys myself, I want to stay strong and flexible to keep up with them. I absolutely love The Esmonde Technique! I am re-energized after every work out! The science behind The Esmonde Technique intrigues me. Thank you for all your research, knowledge, and experience in this fitness program.
You have blessed my family more than you know! I look forward to mine and my family’s continued health and fitness, flexibility and strength.
Just wanted to let you know that i recently found the show again on pbs after a number of years, used to do it many years ago and weas grateful to find it on again. love the show please continue to keep up the great work.
In my youth I was very active. I danced, performed, did choreography and taught aerobics. I understand first hand the benefits of being strong and active. As time passed my exercise waned to the point where I had done nothing for nearly 6 months!
I am so grateful that I found you one morning while channel surfing. It looked like an “easy” way to get moving again. I found the workouts not only challenging, but extremely effective. It has restored vitality in my body and my posture has never been better. People comment on my posture all the time now and I give the credit to “Classical Stretch”! I start my day with you all every morning! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
R L. Edmond, MD
To you and your whole staff, Thank you for going back to the program of exercises used in your earlier years. My body is beginning to take shape as it did when I first started your exercise program many years ago. I notice my good posture, now, when I get dressed in the a.m. This is good work on your part along with your wonderful staff.
Keep us looking good, Miranda. Continue to grow and thrive in all of your endeavors.
I love Classical Stretch! I do two workouts a day and when I don’t I don’t feel as good as I should. I’m like Miranda, she has brought it to my attention about how important posture is. I see many people that are unaware that it is a problem for them.
I was watching a Dr. Oz show and notice that Dr. OZ has an issue with it as well. I know pointing it out to people is like telling someone they have spinach between their teeth, kind of embarrassing. So how do we go about telling the world about this important aspect in their lives? Thank you Miranda! You are the best! I’m trying to take better care of myself and eating right.
Congratulations on your continuing success! Especially since I’m not faithful in keeping up with any exercise programs as I should be, I greatly appreciate how you not only have created programs for unathletic, uncoordinated persons like myself but also explain in great detail how to correctly do the various movements. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful techniques on PBS! Aloha!
Hello – I have fallen in love with your workout, and want to sign up for the teacher training program. p.s. for someone with poor posture, this workout is amazing!!
Miranda, as I watched your Toledo OH PBS wgte program today, I was so impressed with your initiative to give accurate info to the general public. Over 30 years ago I switched from nursing in the medical profession to assisting chiropractic physicians because, when my own MD said they could not help the 3 diagnoses he gave me, it was under effective chiropractic care that I myself improved and that’s where I saw countless others getting help. Where we were in the medical dealt with symptoms, the CAUSE is addressed in chiropractic. So you can see why I appreciate the info you offer….the same info that has been the chiropractic approach for years. What I MOST appreciate is your focus on the value of LIFESTYLE. My DC aligns the spine/joints, etc which is primary because, if the spine is not in natural alignment, physical activity can increase the injury. Then comes the importance of PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY, as you stress….as when you say we can’t depend on the dentist to brush our teeth; for example. Currently I am privileged to be involved in the practice of Dr. Michael Hollerbach, DC and as someone has said, he has a “dream team”. Dr. Hollerbach, a highly skilled NCTMB prior to becoming a physician graduating from Life University in GA, offers effective care that addresses the CAUSE of his patient’s condition. Then he has therapists on staff who continue the process through a comprehensive program of nutrition, massage, and musculoskeletal work. From that point on, it is the ongoing initiative of the patient to adapt a LIFESTYLE that maintains the effective care begun in the office. And, as a patient myself, I believe this is a HUGE challenge because follow-up can be so difficult. When the patient is receiving care from practitioners who implement QUALITY services but effective results seem non-existent over time, often it is due to LACK OF PATIENT COMPLIANCE aka lack of personal responsibility. This lifestyle-focus that you stress is AWESOME and I want to thank you for getting this info out to the general public. Over many many years I’ve heard it in chiropractic seminars & it is all SO TRUE!!!!
What makes Miranda’s program unique is that it rebalances the biomechanics of the body and its joints, by a series of comprehensive stretching and strengthening exercises that really help, making the body supple and strong. But one of the major things that should be noted is that no external device or equipment is being used! Therefore, anyone can do these exercises, no matter where they are! In terms of the long, strong and lean look, it is due to the fact that the Classical Stretch program does not use any weights to pump the muscles up, giving them that bulky look, but uses specifi c techniques such as a contract-relax technique, which are part of the P.N.F family (Proprio Neuromuscular Facilitation) which is commonly used by physiotherapists and other health professionals, in hospitals and clinics all over the world. By lengthening and strengthening your muscles, I have seen people here lose inches of fat everywhere, sculpt their body, improve their posture and decrease their pains enormously, and best of all, plant a permanent smile on their face. I have seen it over and over again. This is why I truly endorse Classical Stretch, it delivers results.
George Demirakos Pht, CAT
I just wanted to reach out to say that I recently decided I needed to get into better shape as a 45 year old female. I had purchased a workout video with Shaun T called Cize and was doing my best to follow it every day, but my hip joints and whole body was so achy and sore that I was not enjoying doing the exercises. I hurt for days after doing the routine. I happened to catch the special about Miranda’s program on PBS and subscribed to her channel almost immediately. I thought this might be a way for me to accomplish my goals without killing my body. In short, I am feeling better. My body does not ache and I have done the program for 10 days in a row. I actually look forward to it and do not want to skip a day. I just bought your book and am reading that too. Now I am discussing your program with my husband who is 55 and a high school phys. ed teacher and college football coach. I think his students and players would all benefit from this. I wanted to say thanks for helping to change my attitude toward getting into shape. I have a long way to go, but I am not dreading the journey. I am actually excited about it and think I can be successful.
I was introduced to Classical Stretch by the PBS station in the area where I lived. I would record the program and then complete it before going on my morning walks. We moved and the PBS station did not carry this program so I ordered DVD’s at various times. I have been doing one segment per day for the last three years. I recently went to visit my nephew and his wife, and I attended an exercise class with his wife. Amazingly, I was able to keep up with many half my age. Afterwards the trainer spoke with me and said he would have never guessed that I was 64 years old. A tribute to this wonderful program! Thank you so much!!
I just had my one year anniversary of doing Classical Stretch every day. I’m using Season 9 and 10 on Public Television and on DVDs. It has made an incredible difference in strength, lack of pain, endurance, weight and a happy spirit. I spread the news about Classical Stretch whenever I can and am excited to hear when friends have taken it up. Thank you so much.
Margaret L. , Naturalist