Hi! I’m Penny Hoober. I’m proudly 64 years old, a mother and a grandmother. I’ve been working part-time at my church for 20 years. I’ve been married to a wonderful man for 38 years. I have been doing Liz Franklin’s Yoga in Chairs® since June of 2005.
I had a stroke and my neurologist suggested practicing yoga. I called three yoga studios, and when they heard I was “post stroke” they did not want me to attend classes there. My daughter kept researching and found Liz Franklin’s Yoga in Chairs®. She called Liz and after a nice conversation, I went to my first class. I was looking for more balance in my life and help with severe anxiety and other health issues, including high blood pressure.
At first I was somewhat skeptical, but I kept coming to class and after 6 weeks I began to notice subtle shifts and benefits. Now if I am unable to attend class I really miss it. My anxiety kicks in and my depression worsens. The classes have become a social time for me and I have made some wonderful new friends. My class is a great way to start my week and keeps me going for the rest of my week. All the other students are non-judgmental and it is wonderful knowing that they are all dealing with their own health issues.
I have made incredible strides in lowering my blood pressure. I went from readings of 190/120 to 115/62. My doctor was shocked and amazed. I have found ways to incorporate brief yoga breaks into my life. I do little “bites” of yoga all day long. Just dropping my tongue to the bottom of my mouth makes such a big difference in how I feel, both physically and mentally. I don’t make time to do an entire hour of yoga on my own, but the small things Liz suggests that we do during the day have made a big difference in my life.