We’re honored to have Marietta Scholten Payne as part of our yoga studio community. This November, Marietta is our student of the month. Here’s a little about why we think she’s so special. Marietta wrote this response to some questions we asked to get to know her better. Thank you Marietta for being you!

“I started practicing yoga when I was the mother of two young children and beginning my medical career. I realized the importance of taking care of myself so that I could give to others. Yoga enabled me to do this and has allowed me to more gracefully accept life’s challenges and appreciate all the goodness and wonder in the world.

Yoga has taught me to be present, to breathe, to relax, to feel and to accept. I have been able to share yoga with my family and it has deepened our connections.

My first classes were at Yoga Vermont in the late 1990’s at the Chace Mill where I took classes from Emily and Sofi. Then Laughing River Yoga became my studio of choice when it opened five years ago. The studio is a special space, with its beautiful old wooden floors and tall windows overlooking the constantly changing river below. I always feel welcome and at peace here. The teachers are gifted and caring, and work hard to craft classes that are meaningful, allowing me to reflect on life and grow as a person.

The retreats and workshops sponsored by LRY have been gratifying, building my knowledge and appreciation for yoga. The first 200 hour teacher training LRY offered deepened my practice. It also readied me to teach yoga in my community, which I have done intermittently over the past three years. I have incorporated breathing techniques and poses in my work with patients as a Family Medicine and Hospice physician to help alleviate their anxiety and stress which has been rewarding.

When I am not doing yoga I am outside working in our vegetable and flower gardens or enjoying the solar cabin our family built together on an island in Lake Champlain. In the winter I am usually cuddled by the woodstove reading or cross country skiing through our woods.

I am so grateful to have this very special yoga community in my life. It is where I go when I need solace or to recharge. It is where I go when I am joyful. Yoga has enabled me to be a better mother, wife, colleague and friend. Yoga has been invaluable to me!”