"I am so grateful to be able to come to class with Wendy and other people who welcome me with open arms. I get to smile and feel good doing something that I know will at least, would help me feel better at the moment. I always leave feeling uplifted and happy."
“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because, without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.”
― Maya Angelou
“Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.”– William Ellery Channing
"Knowing that I could come to class is what got me out of bed...whether I felt well enough to take the class - or not. My day was better because I had something to look forward to!
Wendy McBride, the founder of Living Tree Yoga has experienced first hand the devastation the diagnosis of cancer brings to not just the patient, but everyone who loves that person. Her mother Kitty, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1992. Kitty was given 3 months to get her affairs in order My mom was a fighter. She loved her family and friends deeply. She was all in for the big fight. She believed she could win because she wanted it so much. Fortunately, Kitty was able to offer herself to some clinical trials in Zion, IL. This gave us more time together. So, for 2 ½ years, we tried to find things to do together so we could create more memories.
YOGA!!! AHA… that’s it! Wendy was a fitness professional and knew about yoga. She knew that was doable! We could go and be there and breathe together. Feel good together, have a place to go, and be like normal people, doing a normal something together. Yoga was a great option, however, the closest place we could take a class was more than 45 minutes away. It was too far…we were never able to make it to a class.
Several years later, after I had become a yoga instructor, my dear friend Rindy was diagnosed with breast cancer. This time, I was in a position to help! It was at this time that I believe God placed the idea for Living Tree Yoga in my heart. With Rindy as my first participant, I realized the value these yoga classes brought to her (and my) life. Together, we discovered that yoga can in fact, add a level of companionship, socialization, personal development, and a great reason to get out of bed during cancer treatments.
Yoga helped heal her mentally and spiritually. Happy, positive memories were being made. My vision for Living Tree Yoga is to provide, in a collective way, for Yoga Studios (Root Sponsors), to be available to provide a space for healing when the cancer survivor is feeling up to it, or having a good day and be able to share it with a loved one at no charge.