Next up in our “Meet the Team” series is Bayley!
Q&A with adaPTed Yoga Team Member Bayley
Tell us a bit about yourself…
I am currently a second year Doctor of Physical Therapy student at MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY in 2016. In undergrad, I completed my senior thesis on the accuracy of activity monitors (Fitbit, Garmin, etc). I completed my first full-time clinical at Lahey Clinic Outpatient PT in Danvers, MA. I have completed other clinical experiences at Massachusetts General Hospital and Emerson Hospital Center for Rehabilitative and Sports Therapies.
What made you decide to go to PT school?
Initially, I knew that I wanted to work in the medical field. After shadowing several different health professions I realized that I wanted to be able to build relationships with my patients. During my observations, I noticed that a trusting relationship between clinicians and patients had a positive effect on the value in care. I also believe that staying mentally and physically active throughout life is the key to aging successfully. Add in the desire to help people move better and PT is the perfect fit for me.
Tell us about your experience with yoga/ mindfulness…
I have used yoga as a way to break up my workouts if I start to feel my body needs a break from my normal routine. I have also practiced yoga to help relax when I find myself feeling anxious and needing to refocus. Being “mindful” of how my body is feeling and how that can then affect my day-to-day life is something I am trying to become better at so I can then take steps to rectify the problem and be my best. I believe that being aware of your body while not perseverating on minor changes is an important skill to learn.
What interested you in working on adaPTed Yoga for your Capstone project?
The adaPTed Yoga project for my Capstone caught my attention immediately because I think it is a unique way to help a specific population of individuals while also giving me the opportunity to build my skills as a physical therapy student. I’ve always been interested in adaptive sports programs, but this was the first time that I’ve had the chance to take part in one. This project presents me with an opportunity to work with a specific population and help become more physically active.
What do you hope to learn by working on adaPTed Yoga?
Looking forward to what this program hopes to offer, I have so much to learn! I hope to learn more about yoga practice in general and how to adapt positions and exercises in order to encompass a wide range of people. I have realized that yoga and PT are practices that require constant learning and adaptation.
What do you hope to share with others by working on adaPTed Yoga?
During adaPTed Yoga classes, I hope to share my knowledge of human anatomy and biomechanics and use that knowledge to help adapt positions making them more accessible and friendly to a wide range of people. In the future, I hope to take what I learn from adaPTed Yoga to my practice as a future physical therapist.
What are some of your favorite ways to stay active?
My main form of activity is running, but I love to be doing anything outside. I played soccer and basketball in high school and picked up rugby in college. I still occasionally play on a women’s summer league soccer team. I have recently been enjoying paddleboarding, kayaking, and swimming.
What’s your favorite yoga pose?
I have come to love Child’s Pose. During my last clinical experience, I noticed that many people have poor posture that can lead to back pain. Child’s Pose can “unload” the spine while also stretching the back muscles that have a tendency to become strained and tight. Not to mention it feels good!
What’s your favorite thing to do in Boston?
I really enjoy all of the live music that Boston has to offer. I also really like running around the trails of the Middlesex Fells Reservation.
Anything else you’d like to know?
Feel free to comment with questions and I’d be more than happy to answer!