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September 8, 2013

‘A gift to the community’

When Cindy Michaels’ husband died, she struggled with moving forward.

“When Marty died, I thought I would die too,” she said. “I had to figure out how to live. I learned a lot about myself.”

“It was my yoga class that saved my life,” Michaels said. “They gave me a reason. At 6 a.m., I was rolling out of bed and getting there. In yoga, your body knows what to do and your mind follows ... I stepped out on my mat and said, ‘OK. You can do this.’”

Yoga became Michaels’ form of therapy. She began to face the pain and deal with the loss of her husband, Dr. Martin “Marty” Michaels.

She is a yoga instructor. She was also a pediatric occupational therapist and owner of Tips For Children. But occupational therapy was too hard for her to face after her husband died in December of 2011. He was a pediatrician and owner of Peds Care. The Michaels built their businesses together on Shields Road just off Dug Gap Road.

“For many, many years, my husband and I built Peds Care,” Michaels said. “When he died, I couldn’t go back to that because it was too painful. I had started a journey of my own — teaching yoga. I decided to become a yoga therapist, a good blend of my old life and my new life.”

Yoga therapists work with patients to help them with physical or mental ailments, such as high blood pressure or anxiety. Michaels expects to finish her training to be a yoga therapist next year.

“Yoga allows your body to heal, physically and emotionally,” she said. “It was a gift that I had this practice. That’s when I realized I wanted to learn more, wanted to share more. This is powerful stuff.”

Michaels is beginning a new life, and out of her transformation came the idea for a wellness center called Wrens’ Nest.

“My life’s journey is being epitomized,” Michaels said.

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