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April 01, 2014

when I was 11 years old, I was diagnosed with scoliosis. my initial fear was that I would have to wear one of those large and bulky braces (the only real treatment back then) and I dreaded it. my mother, always the fixer and problem solver, researched as much as she could and from a friend at her office she learned about the benefits of yoga as they pertained to my condition. during the early 80′s in syracuse I think that yoga practitioners were very few and far between.. at least mom couldn’t find one. so in addition to regular chiropractic care, mom found a book with all of the basic yoga poses. because I feared the brace that my doctor assured us was a definite possibility, I stretched, cat, cowed and downward dogged it every morning and evening. I was anything but serious about an actual yoga practice and as soon as my doctor said that things were looking pretty good, I slacked off… I was a teenager after all. fast forward many years and yoga was once again recommended to me in colorado for not only my back issues, but for overall stress relief and a peaceful mind. I quickly fell in love with the poses I once considered a chore as a kid and was just beginning to establish a practice when I moved back to the eastern shore. yoga fell to the wayside as real life happened and to be honest, I didn’t realize how much I missed (and needed) it until a place called zenna wellness was hatched. I had met my friend chrissy several years before and immediately liked her – she was so friendly, open and warm. but I had no idea as to the plans she had in store! I had started hearing the small town chit chat that always happens when something new is coming and there was rumor of a yoga studio opening in berlin – so a few weeks later during their third friday art stroll I searched out zenna and to my very happy surprise, chrissy was the owner. I went to my first class a couple of weeks later and have never left – all of the instructors are amazing and just the general vibe of the space is pretty special. I am so grateful to have found such a wonderful studio with so many lovely people that have helped me reestablish and grow my practice. in addition to zumba, pilates and tai chi, zenna also offers something that very few places do and that’s aerial yoga.. for me to try to describe it would be foolish – it’s definitely something you need to experience first hand – but from a photographer’s perspective, it’s beauty is what drew me in. so several weeks ago, chrissy and I created an event and invited people from our yoga community to sign up to come practice and get photographed. it was such a wonderful experience, I think for all of us, but I know it was for me. there was so much grace, a little cursing at me as I made the ladies hold poses a few ticks longer than they may have wanted to .. and laughter – lots and lots of laughter. due to the popularity, chrissy and I are busy making plans for round two! like zenna on facebook for updates :)