Betsy McDonald - Board of Directors President
I started practicing yoga in high school when I worked at a local gym. I had been in an accident a few years prior and it helped with my back and neck pain. I was dancing at the time, which helped furthered my practice through stretching and warm up routines. After high school I continued yoga through college. That was the start of my inner practice – the breath-based, meditative piece – and when I first realized the power I had to calm my mind, take control and feel at peace.
Every time I fell out of my practice it was that desire for inner quiet that brought me back.
Children can’t control what happens to them. They don’t get to pick their parents or the circumstances in which they are raised and the trauma to which they are exposed. I’ve always had a very strong desire to help those kids and try to give them a better future. To help them realize that the future is the one thing they can control.
Combined with the power I know yoga to have to heal the mind and bring calm to the world around me, when I was introduced to ULP I realized it was the perfect combination to help me do the thing I have always wanted to do.
I work in communications so my weekdays are often long and involved, which means when I’m not at work, I love to relax. Sometimes that means getting outside to hike or walk with the dog or sail or paddleboard with my husband, or staying inside with the cat, a good book and some terrible television. Of course, yoga happens in the middle of that, and a lot of pilates. I also volunteer with a few other organizations around town, love to write and color and sew, and I’m always down for a good road trip or concert. Nothing is too last minute for me!
My Mantra: “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” – Helen Keller
Again, we can’t control the things that happen around us; but we can control our actions. I choose to do what I can to make the greatest positive impact, because, well, I can.
And: "If it scares you, you should probably do it."
It’s what has lead me to make most of the major decisions – namely, changes – in my life that have turned out to be hugely impactful. Change is scary, but it is also good for the soul.