East St. Paul resident Michelle Maryk attributes yoga to her improved health following a serious car crash. (Brook Jones/Selkirk Journal/Postmedia Network)
Michelle Maryk, who is commonly known on social media as Flexymichelle, has embraced daily wellness through yoga.
The East St. Paul resident’s life was dramatically changed after she suffered a motor vehicle accident while in Mexico more than a decade ago. At the time of the accident she was 18-years-old and was in a coma for three days. The accident also left her partially deaf in one ear and the head trauma temporarily affected her language. The bruising to her brain resulted in the development of epilepsy.
Maryk started practicing yoga at the age of 12, but really dedicated herself to the practice as at 24. She attributes yoga for her recovery from the injuries she sustained.
“What yoga does is that it nourishes your body,” Maryk said.
Not only does the 29-year-old teach yoga, but she is also a contortionists and a pole fitness competitor. She pursued pole fitness as a sport and was selected to compete at the 2016 Canadian Pole Dance Championships in Toronto. After graduating from Balmoral Hall, she attained a degree in theatre and film from the University of Winnipeg. Afterwards she was focused on pursuing law, but due to health challenges as a result of the car accident, she changed her path.
Maryk soon realized that becoming a speech pathologist suited her better because she could relate to those who had trouble communicating.
She has put her academic pursuits on hold as she embraced teaching yoga due to the success she has been having in the field.
Maryk taught an aphasia clinic in Sandy Hook and in early 2017, she taught a one-week yoga retreat in Tulum. She hopes to teach another retreat in the next year or two.
“I just love it and it’s inter-related with everything that I do,” she said.
In her spare time, Maryk continues to volunteer at SpeechWorks. She works closely with those who have communication disorders by teaching them yoga.
She explained that yoga is a way for her to communicate effectively with all kinds of individuals physically, mentally, and spiritually.
“I work well with kids and play well with them,” Maryk. “I crawl under tables. I do back bridges so they can crawl under me.”
Her future aspirations include having her own YouTube channel, on-line tutorials and classes. She would also like to compete in an amateur or semi-pro pole division as well as a floor work and flow division.
For more information or to book a yoga class, email Maryk at email@example.com.