Mary Hewes

Age 25 - haha - 45

What do you do when you're off the mat? 

I am a wife and a mom to 2 teenagers and I work part-time as a bookkeeper for several local companies and non-profits.

What brought you to BY for the first time? 

My wonderful friend Lisa opened up a studio less than 3 miles from my house...need I say more?


What's your favorite thing about the studio? 

Everyone is friendly...we can all laugh and have a good is a no judgment zone! Oh, and the scented towels make every visit well worth it. 

What's your advice for someone coming to yoga for the very first time? 

Don't worry about what everyone else is or isn't doing in class.  Focus on your breathing and take one breath at a time.  Try not to judge yourself or take it too seriously.  Laugh, smile and have fun!

What has your yoga practice given you? 

This may sound incredibly corny, but it has given me inner peace.  One hour on the mat, breathing, makes me a better person, more relaxed and less anxious.

What's your favorite pose? 

If I am going to be 100% honest, savasana...complete utter relaxation, it's fantastic!  My second favorite pose would be ardha chandrasana (half moon). It reminds me of how far I have come since I started.  And when I can't do it and fall out of it, it reminds me to keep trying.

What's your least favorite pose? 

Forward fold...I don't know why but I get extremely impatient during this pose - I find myself thinking, "come on, let's get moving"!

Tell us something unusual about yourself. 

I am the youngest of nine children who grew up on a farm in Connecticut. 

What three words would your best friend use to describe you? 

Loyal, friendly, organized

What's your guilty (or not so guilty) pleasure?  

I enjoy mindless reality tv.

Have you made any big changes in your life since starting your yoga practice? 

Not really, but I am definitely a better person and I like myself more.

If you were having a dinner party and could invite anyone you wanted to, who would you invite? 

I would invite my brother, Hiram.  He lives on the West Coast and I don't see him as much as I would like. We are two years apart and have so many wonderful memories from our childhood together.  When I do see him I always laugh until it hurts and that, to me, is the perfect night.