I was introduced to power yoga at a local gym in 2003. Over the past 15 years I have come to realize that yoga is not an exercise. It is a concept. It is a lifestyle or a way of life that connects breath and movement with an open, loving, and compassionate heart. As a breast cancer survivor and a victim of Parkinson’s disease, yoga has been a support for me. An emphasis on breath calms and relaxes the body, movement helps with stiffness and strength, while an open and loving heart brings peace.
A native of Kansas, I moved to Boardman in 1990, and will celebrate 45 years of marriage to Lorey this year. We have two amazing sons/daughters-in-law and four adorable grandchildren. In 1999 I earned a Ph.D. in Education from Kent State, taught at Mount Union College in the education department and retired in 2009 for health reasons. In 2013 I received my 200-hour yoga certification through Marianne/Yoga Alliance and have taken numerous yoga workshops at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Massachusetts. I and am currently teaching Ageless Yoga at Studio Oxygen and Chair Yoga at a local assisted living facility.