October 30, 2014
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Yoga For Parkinson’s & MS at Island Yoga Center

Yesterday I had the pleasure of witnessing Kathryn Payne‘s yoga class for people with MS and Parkinson’s. It was incredibly inspiring to watch and move with a roomful of people dealing with this kind of experience working completely from their own centers. They were beautiful, each discovering their own alignment with the practice, not just physically, but as union, as yoga is meant to be taught and practiced. The body can be such a vehicle if we allow it to be, not just in its freedom and strength, but also in what at first glance appears to be limitation. Deborah King, instructor at Island Yoga Center (Monday mornings)

On Tuesdays and Friday’s at 11:15 am, Kathryn and Elizabeth teach yoga for Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis. If you think you might benefit from such a class, please drop us an email to inquire.

Susan and Jill demonstrate Utthita Trikonasana (triangle pose) with skill.

Susan and Jill demonstrate Utthita Trikonasana (triangle pose) with skill.

April 13, 2013
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Look Who Does Yoga at Island Yoga Center

Mariette Spence and ChildrenMariette Spence, mother of four young children finds time at least once per week to attend class at Island Yoga Center.  We sat down with her and asked her a few questions about yoga and home life.

IYC: Nice to sit and chat with you. So many people tell me they do not have time for yoga, how does a mother of four young children, with four cats and husband find time to go to yoga class?
MS: I didn’t even go to a yoga class for the first time until my second child was 3 months old.  I was looking for something that would allow me to briefly get out of the house and take a little break from mothering and also I wanted something physical that would help me get back in shape.  I don’t consider myself athletic, I’m not particularly interested in sports, and I don’t like to run or work out at the gym.  I thought I would give yoga a try, not really knowing much about it, and I loved it from the beginning.

Going to a weekly yoga class is a priority for me. As the mom of four children with a husband who is off island 12 hours a day, there is never a shortage of things I could be doing in the time it takes to go to a yoga class, e.g., dishes, laundry, prepping food for dinner, etc.  Being a parent in a large family is full of times when I have to put my own needs and wants on hold because I need to do something for the betterment of my family.  The cell phone stays in the car and I will check it after class is over!

IYC: So it sounds like yoga is important. What affect does yoga have on your life, or what is it about yoga that makes is a priority?
MS: I can remember at my second yoga class thinking that if I continued to practice yoga there would be life long benefits, both physical and mental. This is important to me not only to be able to keep up with my four young children, but also because I want to maintain a healthy body for myself.

I’m in my 40’s and though I’m not thrilled with increasing gray hairs and wrinkles, I’ve made my peace with the asthetics of aging (for the most part).  What I’m not willing to settle for is a body that loses all strength and flexibility as it ages. I also see it as an investment in my own future.

IYC: Tell us something else you have a passion for besides, family and yoga!
MS: I love food.  I love shopping for it, preparing it, serving it to my family and, most of all, eating it! As far as I’m concerned you should never eat anything mediocre.  Great food doesn’t have to be fancy and rich, in fact one of my favorite meals is black beans served over brown rice and topped with fresh Pico de Gallo style salsa.  Yum!

IYC: Yoga, food…sounds like you have a passion for life!
MS: I also love travel.  When I was younger (before I was married with children) I traveled through Europe, Northern Africa, India and a little in South America.  Though I’m not able to do much foreign travel now I can revisit the places I have been through the foods of the countries I’ve visited

IYC: Any picky eaters in that passel of children?
MS:  Fortunately, my children are all great eaters and usually welcome my meals with enthusiasm.  Occasionally I have to encourage them, I’ll tell my children, “millions of kids in India ate curry today, you can eat it too!”

Thanks, Mariette.  Your story will surely inspire others to give yoga a try.  And a special thanks to our photographer, Genevieve Payne who was on hand to take the photograph of Mariette showing us how she brings yoga and family together!