For Mary Keane, working as a yoga instructor at Waterford Place is a win-win. She loves the holistic benefits of yoga and enjoys helping others. Teaching Waterford Place participants combines the two.
“Cancer has had an impact on my life,” the E RYT-200 certified instructor says. “I’m grateful to teach gentle yoga to cancer survivors/thrivers and caregivers. “
At Waterford Place, Mary teaches weekly gentle yoga classes and provides workshops which include breathwork, meditations and movement classes to address core strength, balance and neuropathy. She has worked at Waterford Place for five years and has also taught yoga at other cancer centers and to infants and young children as well.
Wellness is her passion, and she is happy when participants tell her how much better or more relaxed they feel after class. “Some have reduced pain, and others are able to be more mindful both on and off the mat,” Mary says. Her yoga philosophy encompasses a physical, emotional, social, mental and spiritual holistic perspective, and she aims to provide participants with a fun, uplifting atmosphere.
When not at Waterford, Mary loves spending time with her friends and family, especially her three-year-old granddaughter. She also enjoys spending time in nature and with her pets: her dog, Jazz, and her cat, Lola.
An upbeat person, Mary advises cancer patients to find a positive in their experience. Her encouraging message: “Allow cancer to shape you in some positive ways.”