Marko, in his some thirty years in the health and fitness work has acquired an unusual amount of empathy for seniors and their needs. He realized the importance of having a healthy mind in order to have a healthy body. […] His presentations of a healthy Mind, Body and Soul provides the individual with an improved sense of balance that contributes to greater self-confidence and awareness. This process has proven to be instrumental in improvement for greater mental recall. Incorporating Tri-Hara into one’s daily life results in more flexibility, strength, and ad greater sense of joy, appreciation and wonder.
Daystar Retirement Village
The class, conducted by Marko is a weekly high point for many of us. Since I began the class I have noticed a marked improvement in my health. Other residents have commented to me regarding improvements to their health. We greatly appreciate you continuing this service! Marko is excellent at what he does, and at ensuring the residents have a great deal of fun while working toward better health.
Resident of Ballard Manor
Over the last 5 years, I have been fortunate to apply my Tri Hara training to the world outside the dojo. … Tri Hara training has encouraged me to understand and at times embrace the extreme limits of various activities. These forays into extremes are meaningful to me because I better understand how to get back to a balanced center point. I feel the most grounded and at peace with the world around me when I knowingly choose a balance between extremes.
Marko is attentive to the needs of each individual as well as the entire group of participants and successfully balances the diversity of those needs. His classes kept me energized, focused, and aware of how my physical and metal well being affect the residents I serve. I have also been able to utilize some of his practices outside of the weekly class time, and this has only further enhanced my abilities as a nurse. … Marko reminds us that by taking care of ourselves, we have much more to give, and ultimately this makes us better receivers as well.
Julie Ann Koehlinger, LPN
Providence Mount St. Vincent
When Marko said Tri-Hara, I thought he said “Try Harder,” so I did. And I’m glad I did. Marko and Tri-Hara have helped me become fitter and stronger and he did it with a strong dose of encouragement and good humor. If you work with Marko you will find yourself moving better and laughing more. You will also as I did be looking forward eagerly to the good feeling that follows a well-paced and nicely designed series of physical exercises.
It amazed me how effective those half hour sessions were to help deal with stress, reviltalize and lift the spirits. As a social worker with a large caseload of residents and dealing with a mother who has Alzheimer’s type disease, I’ve been grateful for the tools which you have provided.
Martha McCall Smith, MC
Providence Mount St. Vincent
When I came to the Tri-Hara class I found more than the movement, stretching, stimulation of the body that I was looking for. … Marko exercises every part of our bodies, but, during the frequent quiet times, we learn introspection, awareness of our inner body and of our connectedness to the macrocosm. Marko is consistently “upbeat” so it is not surprising that class members keep coming back.
Your experience in working with the elderly is apparent in every way. You really do motivate them to give their best and they are better for it. Your stories and the things you read inspire them to get involved and to live live fully. … Thank you again for being a part of our wellness program.
Aegis Lodge (assisted living center)
You contribute to the wellness and well being of every resident you work with. The balance of physical, mental and spiritual exercise in your Tri-Hara program is not offered in any other ONE activity here at the Hearthstone. You have worked hard to remember names and events in our residents’ lives that make your arrival each day an event they anticipate with joy and excitement.
Life Enhancement Coordinator
The Hearthstone Retirement Living