Mary was born and raised in New Jersey, served 10 years in the U.S. Navy, and found her way to New Bern via the military. She has lived here for the past 25 years and can't imagine living anywhere else! Three years ago, before the birth of A Hopeful Balance, Mary was reading the newspaper and saw an ad for free yoga at Union Point Park. She decided to give it a go and hasn't looked back since. Mary will soon be graduating with her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification through Open Studio. She loves the philosophy of yoga and is grateful for all the ways in which her life has been enriched by this practice. Mary has two children who are the "shining stars" in her life.