Three steps forward eating right then five steps back after a birthday party or the holidays or traveling for work. Same thing happens with exercise plans.
It’s so hard to keep it consistent.
This is true even if you’ve been on the well-being path for a while — following along with Jane Fonda workout tapes in the living room and sprinkling wheat germ on your morning cereal (yeah, that was me way back then – leg warmers and all!)
As the years go by, health fads and trends change with each passing headline.
Who can keep up?
I was “health conscious” but the reality is I was taking better care of my car maintenance than myself. Can you relate?
Life is one big juggling act.
I started to notice frequent headaches, rashes, aches, pains, stuffy nose, foggy brain, sleepless nights, gut issues – a myriad of vague but chronic symptoms – that my doctor all but dismissed or summed up to me “getting older – get used to it.”
I didn’t want to get used to it.
Eventually I did just that and turned things around with my own health challenges by diving deeper than the fads and headlines.
I’m a seeker and a bit of a geek.
For many years now I’ve been practicing and teaching yoga, and studying nutrition, mindfulness, anatomy, and coaching.
My focus is on how to address chronic pain, stress, sleep, and mobility issues as we age.
I firmly believe that the crux of our health care is self-care enriched with collaboration, support, information, and grit.
It is empowering and truly nourishing to create our own practical, functional changes that have lasting impact on our well-being.
We may still be juggling a lot but we do it with ease and a smile.
This is not woo-woo sh*t. This is useful, practical stuff you can put to use in your real life.
Well, first of all there is indeed magic in the number 3 (I even wrote a blog about it), the color green evokes strength and vitality, and circles indicate totality, wholeness, focus, timelessness, and cyclic movements.
Wrapping up a 30-year career in educational publishing, Mary Beth Ray is focusing full-time now on weaving together empowering nutrition, mindfulness, and movement practices to help you create practical, functional changes for lasting impact on your wellbeing as you age. Studying and practicing yoga since the early 90s, she has been teaching yoga since 2009 and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT500 teacher and YACEP, a continuing education provider for other yoga teachers. Mary Beth is a National Board-Certified Health and Wellness coach, a graduate of the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy, and she has a certification in Holistic Nutrition Consulting from Bauman College. She is a member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals and the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Practicing with Mary Beth you will hone a more graceful engagement with your everyday life. She believes health care is self-care enriched with collaboration, support, information, and grit. This is not woo-woo sh*t. This is useful, practical stuff you can put to use in your real life. To learn more about MB’s personal journey and how she can help you, visit 3greencircles.com
Mary Beth Ray (MB) has been exploring yoga as a physical practice and philosophy since the early 90s. Over the years, she has studied with wonderful teachers from various styles of Hatha yoga including Iyengar, Ashtanga, Yin, Viniyoga, Anusara, and Vinyasa Flow. She is especially drawn toward the moving meditation of the classic Ashtanga Vinyasa system and since 2006 she has been practicing in the Mysore tradition of Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois. This daily meditative practice grounded in the Yoga Sutras deeply informs the many facets of her life. As a working mother of young adults, MB finds that with a consistent yoga practice she sleeps more soundly, her health has improved, and she is genuinely happier with an ability to be more present and move through her life with a bit of grace.
She has been teaching since 2009 and is registered through Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 and YACEP. As a teacher MB shares yoga as a day-by-day, moment-by-moment practice of tuning your awareness to the presence and quality of your breath. In her classes and workshops, she guides you with subtle alignment cues, gentle hands-on adjustments, and suggested modifications that will help you develop your own inner and outer strength and flexibility.
MB is part of the teacher training faculty at both Barefoot Movement and Square One Yoga in the SF Bay Area teaching foundations of asana, Sanskrit basics, introduction to the Yoga Sutra, and Ethics.
MB is also certified as a Yoga for Osteoporosis teacher by Dr. Loren Fishman, MD. In addition, she is a member of IAYT, and a certified holistic Nutrition Consultant and Functional Medicine and National Board-Certified Health & Wellness coach.
Practicing with MB you will hone a healthy balance between effort and ease and discover a more graceful engagement with your everyday life.
Mary Beth Ray is a certified yoga teacher, holistic nutrition consultant, and Functional Medicine and National Board-Certified Health & Wellness coach. Practicing with MB you will hone a more graceful engagement with your everyday life. To learn more about MB’s personal journey and how she can help you, visit 3greencircles.com
Mary Beth’s services meant so much more to me than just another opportunity to get my diet on track. I came to her with complaints of digestive issues, and left feeling that my soul had been nourished. She is artful in her ability to offer compassionate and informed guidance while holding space for the necessary modifications and changes that inevitably occur along one’s health journey. For those seeking positive holistic growth to their nutritional foundation, I strongly urge you in the direction of Mary Beth.
Mary Beth is an amazing functional nutritionist and healer. She has helped me approach food and nutrition in a very supportive and non-judgmental way. Her integrated coaching style is very concise and filled with great advice, references to timely articles, and helpful sharing of her own extensive knowledge of nutrition and healing therapies such as yoga. With her guidance, I have learned to easily incorporate great menu ideas, sound nutrition, and self-care into my busy schedule
Being around you brings me such joy and calmness. Thank you for your steady, loving, unconditional presence in my life these past five years… How lucky am I. Thank you for being there for me, for pushing me and nurturing me, for showing me the kind of yoga teacher I want to be, for showing me how I want to show up for myself and for my students. You are an absolute gem, MBR. It is an honor to know you and to learn from you.
Mary Beth has a very gentle way working with each student and an openness to limitations & practice. This I found hugely wonderful and accepting.
I appreciate Mary Beth's calm, model-based instruction.
I'm in a mop up phase with the cancer. My last session of radiation is Wed. Yay! I'm experiencing deep empathy for microwaved chicken. All the wonderful care you took in teaching me the series is really paying off. You've given me so much help and so much great food for thought. It has sustained through this summer.
I am grateful to have been able to participate in Mary Beth's Yoga and Nutrition workshop series as well as having individual nutrition counseling. Mary Beth generously shared her deep knowledge of nutrition and yoga. She facilitated a series of lovely workshops that built community through shared food and movement. The consultation was a chance to integrate new practices and foods into my diet with Mary Beth's encouraging and thorough support. I continue to cook many of the recipes she shared and have added more good fats to my diet!