Focusing on proper posture, deeper breathing and longer exhales are just some of the ways a person can destress themselves according to yoga instructor, Mary Borton. She shared the value of yoga with Troy Rotarians during their weekly meeting on December 13th.

A Trojan native and former city school librarian, Borton opened Yellow Tree Yoga, 103 East Main Street, a few years ago. She was motivated to help area residents find an outlet for all the stress life brings each day.

Yoga is a holistic system that not only includes physical stress release but also helps a person get to an understanding of the causes and effects of that stress. Borton shared that yoga’s foundation is in deliberate breathing, and she teaches 30 different breathing exercises in the schools to teachers, staff and students. In addition to a focus of breathing, it is important to understand how movement, mindset and breathing patterns all contribute to a calmer approach to stressful events, the holidays and day-to-day life experiences. She noted that proper posture, relaxed shoulders, deeper breathing, and longer exhales all help in bringing a sense of calm to oneself. Her studio offers classes six days a week for all levels of yoga practitioners. For more information, visit or send questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Troy Rotarians and the Troy Rotary Foundation support several community projects annually. During the 2015-16 Rotary year, over $23,000 in scholarships and community aid was distributed from the fund, including support for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program, Rotary’s annual Shoe Project, academic and community service scholarships, and sponsorships to summer camps at Brukner Nature Center and WACO Air Museum. The Troy Rotary Club is a member-involved, goal-oriented service club focused on socio/economic issues that have an impact both locally and internationally. Follow their activities on Facebook at Troy Rotary Club. To learn more about Rotary and membership, please visit