Mary first came to us in July, 2019 at the encouragement of her family. When Mary first arrived, she was using a cane and had trouble standing - oh how quickly things changed! In just a few short months, Mary lost 100 pounds, ditched the cane, and opened up a whole new chapter in her life!
"I now sit up straight and stand tall and I work on it every day, I love it!" Mary
What advice do you have for someone who is considering yoga?
At first it took a lot to walk in the door, but everyone had a smile and was very welcoming. The teachers were very helpful, they let me go at my own pace, and encouraged me when I needed it. I felt good after the class, and knew I would come back.
What keeps you coming back to your mat and your practice?
I like coming to Branch Out Yoga, the instructors are very clear and helpful in explaining all the moves and how they help the muscles work. The breathing, stretching, and balancing - it all helps.
You have lost 100 pounds since starting - what else are you doing besides yoga to meet your goals?
I do yoga twice a week and practice it at home. I am also taking the weight enrichment class at Tamarac; counting calories and get a lot of encouragement from family and friends.
Besides losing weight, have there been other benefits to your yoga practice?
When I walked in the door I was using a cane, a walker at home, and I could not stand for very long - my back hurt a lot! Yoga, and the weight loss have allowed me to give up my cane, walker and scooter!! One of the first things I told Joan was that I wanted to fix my posture, she explained how to sit, how the muscles worked, how to use your core muscles, and that all helped, I now sit up straight and stand tall and I work on it every day, I love it!
You have made yoga a priority in your daily life, do you have future goals for your practice?
I will continue to go to yoga, work on my posture and balance, my weight loss journey, and I will encourage people to do yoga, it has really helped me!