Once a week you'll have the opportunity to peek inside the mind of one of our local health & wellness experts. They'll share with you their advice, suggestions, wisdom and answer their most popular question from clients.
This week let's get to know our local health and wellness expert Maeve Ryan. Maeve is a Registered Yoga Teacher through the Yoga Alliance. She is also a Certified Y12SR (Yoga of 12-Step Recovery) Instructor. She currently teaches at Mighty Yoga, the Woodstock Inn & Resort Athletic Club, Twin Farms and Upper Valley Turning Point.
Tell us about yourself and why did you choose to go into a health field?
I made the decision to get my yoga teaching certification after getting sick from Lyme disease in 2008. I had just turned 31 and had always taken my health for granted up to that point. After healing my body and mind from the disease, I felt the need to help others learn how to heal themselves through the mind-body-spirit connection.
What makes you unique in your field?
I think my teaching is very diverse. In addition to teaching "regular" vinyasa flow yoga classes, I am also certified as a Yoga of the 12-Step Recovery instructor. I work with the recovering addict population as well as their friends and family members. Addiction is a family disease, and yoga is just one way to help codependents detach with love.
What question do your clients ask most frequently and how do you answer them?
One question I get asked often is "Do you meditate?" My answer is yes. I try to meditate every day but the reality is: that's not always possible. Meditation is a true complement to yoga. When people are hesitant to give it a try, I quote Susan Piver (author of The Four Noble Truths of Love): "We are not meditating to be good at meditation. Who cares if you are the world's most preeminent feeler of breath? Instead, we are training in present awareness. We practice being present with our breath so that when we get up from the cushion and go into our life, we can be present with that. We cultivate the ability to stay with the breath so that we can stay with our feelings, our heart, and this very moment."
What do you see as the greatest health risk posed to this generation?
Drugs and alcohol. That is not specific to "this generation"... it's an epidemic that impacts everyone of all ages, whether directly or indirectly.
What’s the best health/fitness/wellness advice you ever received?
"Take care of yourself." It's simple yet so easy to forget, and many of us don't even know where to begin when it comes to self-care. One thing that has helped me over the years has been to think about the food and drink that I put into my body. As Thich Nhat Hanh says. "Look into your body to see whether it is at peace or is suffering from illness. Look at the condition of your lungs, your heart, your intestines, your kidneys, and your liver to see what the real needs of your body are. When you do, you will eat, drink, and act in ways that demonstrate your love and your compassion for your body."
Do you have a success story of redeemed health you’d like to share?
Recovering from Lyme disease. It also coincided with heartbreak and a herniated disc. My body and mind were completely out of sync 10 years ago.
What is your favorite area of wellness to practice?
Yoga & meditation
What are you passionate about, besides your professional life?
Art, design, and writing. I wanted to be an artist when I was little and have searched for ways to be one ever since. I am also working on my first book.
What’s your favorite quote or mantra?
Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
What’s one book you recommend everyone should read?
What one suggestion would you make that would have the greatest impact for improved health?
Any final piece of wisdom you’d like to share?
Each day is a work in progress.
How can people learn more about you and what you offer?
Visit my website www.gracekellyyoga.com or email me at email@example.com
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