Why did I decide to teach yoga?
I began practicing yoga in 2000. The practice of yoga helped me feel better in all areas of my life…physically, mentally emotionally and spiritually. I had several chronic health issues in my life. Yoga helped me manage these and heal in ways that other treatments, avenues and modalities had not. The longer I practiced yoga, the better I felt. As a result I wanted to pass along to others what I had received from yoga.
Why did I choose Anxiety as a focus for my work?
From the beginning, I knew I wanted to use yoga to help people heal. That was very clear to me. One of the issues that I was dealing with and which had gone untreated was depression and anxiety. The world in which I grew up was a world where you “pulled yourself up by your own boot straps and kept going no matter what”. Asking for help was not something that was cultivated or taught. Yoga helped me feel and be more balanced emotionally, mentally, energetically and spiritually. I was drawn to offering to others what had been so beneficial and transformational to me.
Where am I from?
I was born and raised in the Midwest. I moved to South Carolina in 1985.
After years of struggling with chronic health issues and not finding the necessary improvements through more traditional avenues, Maxine desired something that would address not only the physical aspects of her health and well-being but also the emotional components. That is when she first experienced Yoga. From the beginning it was helpful and as she continued to practice Yoga, her endocrine system imbalances and digestive system limitations began to dissipate as did her symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. Yoga not only improved her health but also was the avenue that brought clarity and calmness to Maxine’s mind as well as allowed her to find more joy and happiness in the daily moments of life. Because of the healing that Yoga brought on all levels – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual — Maxine wanted to share this wonderful experience of Yoga with others. It is her belief that Yoga can bring healing and wholeness into the lives of all practitioners.
Maxine brings an atmosphere of lightheartedness to each class as she offers skilled attention to proper alignment and breathing. She agrees with one of her teachers, Amy Weintraub, when she said, “We are not creating a synchronized Yoga team. You are forming a new and healthier relationship with your body and mind. You have total permission to make this practice uniquely yours.” It is Maxine’s desire that as her students experience Yoga they begin to see that life is not solely about getting to a certain destination but about being present in each moment, each experience along the way and being gracious and loving toward themselves on the journey.
Now in her 8th year of teaching, Maxine is a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, a member of Integral Yoga Teachers Association, a trained LifeForce Yoga Teacher, and a trained iRest Yoga Teacher, equipping her with specific training and skills to work with individuals who experience depression, anxiety and emotional imbalances. Additionally, she holds a degree in spiritual studies and incorporates knowledge from her years of experience as a personal trainer and an aerobics instructor into her Yoga classes.