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My featured Merit Badge Awardee of the Week is Marlene Laverty!

Marlene Laverty (#7503) has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning a Beginner Level Let’s Get Physical Merit Badge!

“About two months ago, I decided to start a workout program. I wanted one that I would actually do everyday. I allowed myself one day a week off from this program, but other than that, everyday for no less than 20 minutes a day. I suffer from depression, and I need a more natural form of control over it other than pills. I picked yoga. I did yoga several years ago to help with a back injury and it worked very well. I didn’t practice everyday, just when my back hurt. It really helped with my recovery. I stopped doing yoga for a long time. I needed to reconnect with my inner yogi!

Not to mention that studies show yoga can help with depression, stress, and a host of other ailments. I already have a few books and a few DVDs. I already have the tools to do yoga at my disposal. I am not even sure why I stopped my yoga practice in the first place.

I have been doing yoga now everyday for a few months now and I have fallen in love with my yoga practice. I was taking one day a week off from my workout, but I discovered that I didn’t feel as good that day. I feel better throughout the whole day if I do my yoga in the morning. I sleep better when I do bedtime yoga. I even have an app for yoga on my tablet. I can touch my toes again, I feel less stress, and I have lost 9 pounds to boot!”

  1. Lisa Von Saunder says:

    Wow, that’s amazing Marlene! I keep saying I’m gonna start yoga again, and I keep putting it off, but your story has inspired me ! I will look up some easy beginner poses and start up again. thanks

  2. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Wonderful Marlene! I am very happy to hear that you have found your yoga getting you back to better health! And you earned a badge for fun too!! Don’t you just love a win-win?

  3. Joan Hendrix says:

    Excellent! I love, love, love yoga. I started out following a couple of tv shows, moved to attending a class, and now use dvd’s. It makes me feel amazing. I only practice twice a week. Perhaps one day I’ll be where you are. So glad for your reconnection. Namaste. ✌

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