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Verdery Cunningham Trimmer, Yoga Expert and Philanthropist

Verdery Cunningham Trimmer, Yoga Expert and Philanthropist

Verdery Trimmer

As time gently nudges others towards rigidity, Verdery Cunningham Trimmer gracefully embraces the fluidity of life’s possibilities, stretching toward something new. At 67 years young, Trimmer embarked on a transformative journey, enrolling in yoga teacher training to earn her 200-hour certification. With an unwavering spirit honed over six decades, Verdery used her grace, patience and confidence to succeed. Now through the meditative art of yoga, complemented by invigorating hikes, she not only cultivates her own inner peace but has become a guiding light for others seeking to find their Zen.

What is the best part of being in your 60s?
Before my 60s life was simply too busy to enjoy certain things, but being in retirement now allows room for things like travel. Being in my 60s has also helped me learn to surrender to a higher power and to accept the outcomes of my actions when it is not what I expected or had hoped for. Worrying empties us of our strength, but meditation calms our suffering.

What is the key to staying young at heart?
Do what you love, be open to new ideas, try new things and laugh with your friends and family…with a dog close by.

What are you passionate about?
I love helping others feel loved by showing compassion, teaching fitness classes and yoga at places like Peach Out Power Yoga and celebrating animals and nature. For years, I participated with a group that served monthly meals to 150+ homeless Atlantans, worked with Habitat for Humanity and visited elderly residents in an assisted living facility. I sponsor charities close to my heart, such as the Alzheimer’s Association, FSHD, StrokeComeback, SavetheHorses, the Children’s Development Center, Yosemite Conversancy and Defenders of Wildlife.

What would you tell your 20-year-old self today?
Stay out of the sun!

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully, in 10 years, I will be living in a small town giving back to my community through free yoga classes to those searching for a more peaceful existence while being present in the moment.

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