Hi! I’m Marilyn Peppers-Citizen and my journey of health and wellness is a lifelong journey! It began when I started preparing myself for the rigors of military life. While I was on active duty in the Air Force physical and mental fitness were part of everyday life. I discovered that I enjoyed the new lifestyle so much that I became a fitness instructor in my spare time. I even taught group fitness while I was assigned at various military installations.
My outlook on life changed when my mother was diagnosed with cancer. She chose food and lifestyle changes and medical oversight and is healthy and cancer free more than 20 years later. I did a lot of research to better understand what my mother’s decision really meant to her survival. Her faith in God and the wisdom of our bodies changed my perspective and opened me to a different understanding of health and wellness.
After retiring from the Air Force, I completed education and training to become a yoga therapist, holistic health coach, personal trainer, and aromatherapist.
Every person is different so my approach is to focus on individual goals and needs. No off the shelf plans here! I mentor, motivate, educate, and support individuals in achieving health and wellness goals through yoga, lifestyle, nutrition, and bio-individuality.
I am a National Board Certified Health and Wellness coach and certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists as a yoga therapist. My personal trainer certification is through American Council on Exercise (ACE), functional aging specialist through the Functional Aging Institute (FAI), and Brain Longevity® Specialist training certified by the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation.
I mentor, motivate, educate, and support individuals in achieving health and wellness goals through yoga, lifestyle, nutrition, and bio-individuality. Every person is different so my approach is focused on individual goals and needs. No off the shelf plans here!
I am a National Board Certified Health and Wellness coach and certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists as a yoga therapist. My personal trainer certification is through American Council on Exercise (ACE) and I am a functional aging specialist through the Functional Aging Institute (FAI).
"Marilyn is in my head so when I am doing the poses at home I can run through her instructions and make sure I am doing them correctly. When my body starts “talking to me” I now have tools to use that will help calm things down. You want to come to her class. She is so knowledgeable about the body and she willingly shares this information with us, the “how’s and why’s.” She uses a lot of humor and obviously cares about each person in the class. I would definitely recommend her class to someone who wants to understand how his/her body works and how to function more smoothly and with less discomfort. She can devise a personal program to help you use your body more intelligently and carefully. Not only does this help with pain but it gives you more confidence."
"Flexibility, strength, and a routine workout were important for me. I absolutely saw/noticed less weakness in my arms and legs. I now have the ability to get up from the floor without help. My arms and legs do not tire during workouts and I have more strength. Marilyn is knowledgeable, patient has a great sense of humor, and make you look forward to coming to her classes. I would recommend her to everyone!! Seniors need to keep mobile and ensure they do things to stay flexible. Marilyn’s classes help meet that goal/need. Marilyn is pure joy. She encourages her class to go beyond their expectations without hurting themselves. She has interesting explanations of yoga practices and background."
"Through yoga therapy I wanted to improve pain and stiffness in my right knee, to increase strength and flexibility in my hips, and to strengthen my back and neck. She taught me specific poses to work on the muscles that support the joints and gave me good alternatives to make a pose the most beneficial for me. My knee is better and more stable, but the best was the elimination of my hip pain! She is always encouraging and supportive. Her knowledge of yoga and human anatomy is impressive. We always learn something new. And, we love her sense of humor! I would recommend Marilyn to everyone, but especially those who need to find a solution to pain and inflexibility. Yoga classes have made such a difference in my battle with arthritis; it has been remarkable as well as fun!"
"Improving neck and spine range of motion, keeping my joints moveable, and focusing on arthritic areas were important to me. Marilyn’s compassionate approach and her ability to instill confidence helped me improve my range of motion. She is the person to go to for anyone needing encouragement to exercise. It was an excellent experience from an exceptional teacher."
"My goals were to improve my arthritis, balance, and health. Through laughter, encouragement, and knowledge Marilyn helped me reach my goals. I now have less stiffness, am better able to do long plane rides, and I am more able to deal with autoimmune disease. Marilyn helps people feel better about their age and abilities."