Millie R

I grew up in Highland Springs just outside of Richmond, Virginia. At age 21 I became a flight attendant for Eastern Airlines, based in New Jersey, Miami, and Washington, DC. I flew for 11 years and then moved to Charlotte County in 1982. I have a son, Jonathan and a daughter, Kimberly.

Years ago a friend introduced me to my first yoga class, and I loved it! I couldn’t believe the calming and relaxing effect it had on me. But it wasn’t until I met The Yoga Sanctuary’s former owner, Bonnie Yonker, at the Punta Gorda Club about seven years ago that I really started practicing on a regular basis. I followed Bonnie to her first studio and then to the current location.

I practice gentle classes two to three times per week, and have also attended Level 1, Mixed, and Yin. Yoga has brought me more awareness, clearer thoughts, and better flexibility. It makes me feel more centered. I have also gained a greater awareness of my inner consciousness.

I don’t have a favorite yoga pose, but I tend to like the poses that challenge me. I sometimes have trouble finding more time for yoga. And quieting my mind is a continual challenge. I keep coming back because of the gentleness I feel each day when leaving The Yoga Sanctuary.

Outside of yoga I have a very active tennis life and love anything that takes me outside. I have been involved with C.A.R.E. (Center for Abuse & Rape Emergences of Charlotte County) for many years. I have worked inside the shelter and on the hot lines. I have also been a board member of C.A.R.E. and President and Treasurer of the C.A.R.E. Auxiliary.

Favorite quote: The Serenity Prayer. “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.”