LEWISTON — Certified yoga instructor Marcy Covey will lead a multipart yoga series at the Central Maine Medical Center Wellness Center beginning Tuesday, Sept. 15.

The classes will be offered from 5 to 6:15 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and from 5 to 6:15 p.m. Thursdays. 

“The series will focus on the connection between the physical and emotional selves,” said Covey. “Participants will be encouraged to slow down, listen to their inner voices and reconnect with themselves. I focus on directing people through a safe yoga practice that accommodates physical differences in the combining of breathing and postures.”

Covey is owner of Dragonfly Healing Touch, a Thai yoga bodywork studio in Poland. She recently concluded a two-year yoga instructor training program through Phoenix Rising, a nationally recognized yoga therapy and instructor training program headquartered in Bristol, Vt.

Her formal education in yoga also includes four years of training in Thai yoga bodywork with renowned Thai yoga healing arts instructor Jonas Westring. In addition, she has studied Thai yoga massage with Kam Thye Chow of the Lotus Palm School of Massage in Montreal and has attained certification in prenatal Thai yoga bodywork through the Palm School.

A Vermont native, Covey grew up with dancing and singing and developed a deep appreciation for the performing arts. She graduated from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, and went on to create an exercise wellness program for North Country Hospital in Newport, Vt. In the early 1990s she developed the first wellness programs at Central Maine Medical Center, helping to design the CMMC Wellness Center, which she managed from 1995 through 2002.

She continues to serve as a wellness instructor at the hospital-based facility, where she teaches yoga classes, leads Fit-N-Fun exercise classes for seniors and assists with the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing’s Wellness for Life program for cancer patients and survivors by introducing them to yoga. Covey leads the Personal Toolkit Series of programs twice a year, also through the Dempsey Center.

The yoga classes will be offered in the CMMC Health and Wellness Center, 12 High Street Medical Office Building.

Fees are assessed for participation in these programs and must be paid prior to beginning the program. Class registration is on a first come, first served basis.

Call 795-2473 to register or to obtain more information. Information also available through the events calendar at www.cmmc.org.

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