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Jul, 2021

Resilient Yoga means the world to Campbell, Niewald

By John Davis

Community Relations Director

 

After a year of uncertainty dealing with COVID-19, many of us have been needing inspiration to keep moving forward. In the case of Betsy Banner, two of her Resilient Yoga students — Margarita Niewald  and Jackie Campbell — provide a tremendous amount of encouragement.

“Margarita and Jackie are inspirations for all of us,” Banner said. “Yes, they’ve both recently celebrated 90th birthdays, and both are beyond their remarkable ages they inspire us with their vivacity, tenacity, and the abundant joy that they bring to every moment.  Their good humor and courage are the embodiment of resilience.”

Campbell and Niewald first met each other in Sunday School at First Baptist Church. Their birthdays are actually 10 days apart from each other. Campbell said she loves yoga because when she broke her foot last August, the physical therapists marveled at how well she healed and progressed after her injury. Campbell has been taking part in Banner’s class for almost two years now.

“It’s wonderful, I enjoy it so much,” Campbell said. “I feel better. Your body needs exercise every day.”

Niewald was first introduced to yoga through her great grandchild, who was attending gymnastics class in the Coach Howell Center. She saw the class, and she decided to take part. Neiwald said she enjoys yoga because it kept her moving. Others have asked why she would want to attend a yoga class, and her answer was simple.

“If all you want to do is sit down, then that’s going to be all you can do is sit,” Niewald said. “I went through that with my mother. I love yoga. When we couldn’t come because of the pandemic, we would console each other over the phone. We did some of the yoga moves we could remember.”

One of the misconceptions Niewald has talked with others about yoga revolves around weight loss.

“Where you’re going, you don’t need to lose weight. I told them this is not about losing weight, yoga is about keeping you moving,” said Niewald, who still drives back and forth to Jackson. “The older you get, the more you need to do things like this. Your body is going to slow down, and if you’re not keeping it up, then you’re just going to be sitting.”

Banner may be impressed with the energy levels of her students, but both Campbell and Niewald love their instructor because she is so good with them. And forgiving when they can’t do exactly as she teaches.

Campbell loves coming to the Oxford Park Commission’s Coach Howell Center and taking part in activities. She said everyone has been so friendly to her when she visits. She will miss seeing every person she has gotten to know during her visits — Campbell is set to move to Austin, Texas to be closer to her family.

“LLO helps you with your overall feeling and appearance. You just have more vigor and vitality when you come here,” Campbell said.

 

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