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If you’ve spent some time at BHYW, you’ve probably been in class with Mary. Since 2014, she’s been a regular in the hot room for 26&2 and Core & Cardio.

You might be surprised to learn that Mary’s first 26&2 was… horrible!

Find out what kept her coming back, and why the practice has made a difference in her life.

Name: Mary Schoenberger
Member since: 2014
Classes per week: 3 26&2, 3 Core & Cardio

“All of us have super busy lives. Everything is quick. We need to time to settle down and be quiet.”

How did you come to the 26&2?

My daughter and son-in-law had been practicing for a while. We were living back in Massachusetts, and they would visit and practice at a studio there. It got me very curious, that wow, you have to do this thing here, too! They bought me a groupon the year we moved here. I’ve been here ever since.

How was your first class?

Horrible! I’m very used to moving. I used to think things had to be a certain way to be a good workout. I had never done anything that required balancing and stretching. But it also challenged me.

Why did you come back after your first class?

The desire to conquer!

How do the 26&2 and Core & Cardio classes work together for you?

Awesome, they complement each other so beautifully! As you get stronger in one, you get stronger in the other.

The focus [from yoga] works in both those classes, and outside of yoga. With yoga, you’re used to the idea of balance. Working the core so intensely in the Core & Cardio was great because that strength helps in yoga.

How does the 26&2 benefit you off the mat?

Really, the focus is awesome. It spills over into my Christianity. It gives me the ability to be quiet and listen better. There is a lot of listening in 26&2. Some of the cues… just one little thing can change a lot! As with my Christianity, one verse or the expounding of it by the preacher can change a lot.

In my work. I’m a bookkeeper. I work with numbers. You can’t be doing multiple things at once and do that well.

All of us have super busy lives. Everything is quick. We need to time to settle down and be quiet. It really is good for me. We need that quietness. Turn off the outside.

Favorite posture?

Fixed firm. Makes me feel limber! Oh, do we have to get up already?

Least favorite posture?

I have a heck of a time with standing head to knee. I don’t know if it’s the least favorite, but it’s the hardest.

What keeps you coming back?

I know that as we age, flexibility and balance becomes more and more important. I see a lot of people my age who are in horrendous shape, just hurting. I don’t want to be that person.

If you could tell people one thing about the 26&2, what would it be?

Try it for a while… You have to be in for the long haul, but it will be very rewarding.