BURLINGTON, Vermont (WCAX) – A yoga instructor from Burlington is using her passion to teach a group of older Vermonters.
“My goal is to make yoga accessible to every ‘body’ – that body,” said Krista Marzewski.
Her students reside at the Cathedral Square seniors’ residence and have a range of yoga experiences, but they agree that classes are crucial. “Yoga is one of the most important things in my life. This is what keeps me sane, ”said Rainbow Cornelia.
“What a relief to have this regular yoga practice during this terrible shutdown,” said Ginger Hobbs.
During the pandemic, they learned about Zoom, connected, and continued to stay together. Marzewski’s mother, Peggy Anne, was even able to intervene from a distance, gain some community and focus. “Knowing that it was helping everyone as well as I was getting help, my body felt better and I loved doing something,” said Peggy Anne.
It’s trauma-aware yoga, which means Marzewski understands that everyone comes to see her at a different time in her life. She recently received a grant from the Teaching for Equity program of the Yoga Alliance Foundation. She is one of 25 teachers around the world making art accessible to everyone with little or no pay.
She says yoga should be and can be for everyone, you just need to create access. “They are marginal people, they have a fixed income and yoga has changed their lives and we need it. It creates community and connection and that’s what society lacks is community and connection, ”said Marzewski.
She says it’s not about posture or body shape, but about reshaping lives and giving people choices at a time when they can often be carried away. “I was in rehab and took a yoga class and it was the first time my mind was able to calm down. I learned to become a human being again, I learned to breathe, I learned to calm my mind, ”said Marzewski.
And as she continues to offer choices to these yoga finds, she hopes she can continue to find funding. But regardless, she wants to continue helping others. “I want to be able to help others change their lives and know that just sharing my strength and hope with other people teaches us to breathe,” said Marzewski.
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