FROM THE MAT: Jackie Benavente

I’m one of those, “I love working out!” kind of people (the ones who tend to annoy people who don’t love working out as much…lol). This practice has been a part of my life since a teen. So when I talk to someone about their mental health and what I recommend as a coping skill, working out is at the top of my list.

I sometimes arrive to my mat tired, emotional, or overwhelmed. I leave my mat feeling empowered and with a much better perspective.

So why do I show up for myself each time? Because I’m in love with the practice. And the more I leave on this mat, the less I take with me. I give it my stress, and worries.. it gives me back clarity and empowerment.

*Jackie Benavente is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Her specialties include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, PTSD, behavioral issues, family and relationship conflict, addiction, and gay/lesbian/transgender issues.*

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