Walk with me as I share reflection, guidance, and insights about the journey towards integration, health, and well-being. Let’s thrive and awaken to our full potential!
My Journey to the Passion of Yoga and Wellness
How in the world can anyone “stretch” for 60 minutes?!
This was my perspective… UNTIL I attended a class over 20 years ago and the tears flowed during my first savasana.
I knew instantly I had found my fitness “home” and that this amazing, newfound practice was for me. This first class introduced me to a perspective that values both movement and rest and I immediately wanted to learn more.
Within a year of that first yoga class, Yoga by Mary was born via a weekly class where I began to integrate research and beliefs gleaned from modern science and ancient teachings. This passion for yoga blossomed in 2014 into my thriving business, Resilience & Grace. I’m now able to fully pursue my passion and purpose by creating a health and wellness brand that inspires and empowers others to feel good at any age and lead lives that thrive.
Simultaneously, my professional career led me to experiences that embody my deep knowledge of the science of wellness. I channeled this passion into teaching the benefits of health and well-being practices that support and empower employees. As a corporate wellness director for 15 years, I embraced opportunities to pioneer comprehensive wellness programs for employees and older adults in the senior living industry. I have a deep passion for supporting others in their journey to knowledge, exemplified by my time as an adjunct professor and seasoned mentor.
My yoga style is much more than “poses”; it is an integrative practice connecting the mind and body through breath awareness, with intention. Yoga taps into the goodness within each of us, reminding us we are love. It’s focused on empowering professional engagement in holistic programs through stress reduction as well as transforming the aging experience centered on possibility rather than limitation. Sharing the teachings of yoga and wellness fulfill my life’s purpose while simultaneously offering personal healing.
Over the years, I have personally struggled with perfectionism and always wanting to be a “good girl.” I add a lot of “shoulds” to my life with FOMO consistently in my shadows. BUT. When I step onto my yoga mat, sit on my meditation cushion, or walk outside in nature, I heal and remember. I connect to my innate joy and inner Truth. I live a life of meaning and purpose, bringing compassion and love to myself and the world.
E-RYT 500, RCYT, and YACEP
Meditation, Yin, Yoga Nidra
ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist
Delay the Disease Instructor for Parkinson’s
Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program
Teachers & Influencers
Marci Graham, Brette Berlin Scott, Carole Westerman, Elena Brower, Bernie Clark, Jillian Pransky, Tara Brach, Kristen Neff, Pema Chodron, Emily P. Freeman, Brené Brown, and Oprah