APRIL TEACHER SPOTLIGHT – Mary Singleton

Mary Singleton, RYT 200, received her training at Yoga Path in Baton Rouge, LA. There she studied under Kate Suchanek, 500 E-RYT. Her specific area of study focuses on the therapeutic applications of yoga. She teaches Gentle, Basic and Yin classes regularly at Yoga Path and One Heart Yoga Center in Baton Rouge, LA.
“Six years ago I suffered a debilitating neck injury. Washing my hair was a painful and daunting experience. I drove out of my way to avoid speed bumps because of the effect the jolt would have on my spine. It affected every aspect of my life. I was going to the chiropractor 4 times a week and on multiple medications. Determined to get my life back, I started out with only 5 minutes of yoga a day. It was a hard road to recovery. Some days, most days, I so badly wanted to give up. I never thought I would have a normal life again.
Today, I go to the chiropractor once every 2-3 months for maintenance. I had extreme anxiety about when the next pain flair-up would happen. Today I can’t remember when the last spasm ocurred. I credit yoga with positively affecting my physical body: giving my spine stability, increasing strength and improving flexibility.
My personal yoga practice has also alleviated the symptoms of depression and anxiety I experienced daily and from the emotional trauma of my injury. Yoga brings awareness of the mind-body connection present in us all. Not fearing our emotions, but instead learning to witness them and cultivating contentment even in the presence of discomfort.
Yoga has changed me.”

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