Member Spotlight: Patricia Cravens of Mazon

Patricia Cravens has been a member of the Morris YMCA since the day it opened. Looking back, the timing couldn’t have been better. At the time, she had been looking for a local gym to join. Then she heard about the Y’s partnership with her employer Morris Hospital and jumped at the opportunity to enroll. Through the partnership, Morris Hospital provides free Y memberships to employees who meet utilization requirements.

“The YMCA is the perfect gym for me,” she says. “It feels like home.”

Patricia visits the Y between three or four days per week. Oftentimes, she uses the treadmill, arc trainer, row machine and free weights. But it’s the yoga classes that keep her coming back.

“I have tried several of the group programs and I especially love the yoga classes,” she says. “The stretching, strengthening and balance exercises have helped me so much. My lower back pain has completely resolved after participating regularly in yoga class. All the instructors are wonderful and patient and take the time to make sure you have correct form.”

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