My name is Marenda Hughes Taylor. I am the creator of Yoga Like a Grown Ass Woman. I started doing yoga on the beach with my friend Leslie as a way of coping with the initial shock of being diagnosed with breast cancer.

What I quickly discovered is it helped calm my nerves and still my mind. My friend Tasha ‘TC’ Cooper sent laminated Posters of yoga poses that I used while undergoing Chemotherapy treatment with Complementary Alternative Methods. On days that I was too physically weak to do anything I would curl up for hours in child’s pose praying and meditating. Throughout my journey yoga has enriched my mind, body, and soul. My prayer and meditation practices, as well as my physical strength and flexibility, have all greatly improved as a result of practicing yoga. Moreover, Yoga was instrumental in helping me restore my upper body strength and range of motion after having a bilateral mastectomy and reconstructive surgeries.

Today it plays a major role in my life after cancer. I continue to practice and I actively participate in Yoga Challenges. I’m currently working towards completing my yoga teaching certifications.

Yoga relieves stress, boosts confidence, helps with depression, improves focus, enhances patience, and so much more. It is a great way to have fun and bond with friends and family too. I strongly encourage ALL women to embrace yoga and to do it with grace, love, compassion, and kindness… That’s how we do Yoga Like a Grown Ass Woman! Follow Me on Instagram @MarendaTaylor