Rye Y Story Project: Bernadette

I have spinal stenosis and swimming is one of the best forms of treatment. I had been exercising at other gyms, but none of the workouts seemed to be helping me. I decided to join the Rye Y and try their water exercise programs, and I am so glad I did. I only wish I had joined here sooner! The water exercise class is like medicine to me and has helped my spinal stenosis more than I ever thought possible.

I recently went over to the Y’s new location, The Studios at The Rye Y, to try a gentle yoga class. While it was a new surrounding for me, I was welcomed with open arms and happy smiling faces. Barbara, the instructor, worked with me to find positions that would work best for my spine. I can’t wait to go back and try more classes at The Studios.

I love the Rye Y. I have met the nicest people and have made many new friends. All the staff here are welcoming, happy, and always have a smile on their faces. I love stepping into Barbara’s office to connect with new people I wouldn’t normally connect with. I am always promoting the Y and getting people to join. I also love to volunteer at the Y’s many community events.