Barbara Posner Ward-
Barbara Passed away unexpectedly but peacefully on March 1st at 85 years of age. Widow of Jack P. Ward. Loving mother of Tod (Hany) and Joshua (Julia) Gimbel. Grandmother of Elijah, Lena, and Sanjay Gimbel. Sister of Ric Posner (Gail). Stepmother of Ellen Ward Lansing and Debbie Ward Schaefer. Special friend and partner of Michael Ballo. Predeceased by parents Gene and Ruth Posner and brother Jeffry Posner.
Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, Barbara married her high school sweetheart, Franklyn Gimbel, and they had two children, Tod and Josh. After their divorce, she married Jack Ward. They moved to Massachusetts where they resided first in Framingham, and later in Plymouth where Barbara lived for almost five decades. She joyfully wintered in Sanibel Island, FL for many years. Barbara made friends wherever she went and put in the effort to keep them close. There are probably fewer stars in the sky than people who loved her.
Barbara was educated at Tufts, UW Madison, Bridgewater State University (BA), and Lesley University (Masters in Psychological Counseling). She also earned numerous yoga accreditations from the Kripalu Yoga Center. Barbara opened the Yoga Connection in Plymouth where her loving spirit guided participants to connect their minds, bodies, and spirits. As a licensed psychotherapist, Barbara helped people sort out the thorny knots of life. Through all these efforts, Barbara made a positive impact on countless people’s lives.
Barbara was an active person who loved walking, biking, and kayaking. She loved the beauty of nature and never came home from a walk without some treasure; a feather, heart-shaped rock, or piece of beach glass. She was a fabulous entertainer who threw together effortless charcuterie plates and meals for friends. Fourth of July ice cream sundae celebrations on her deck were not to be missed.
Her family was most important to her, and she cherished every moment together. She recently celebrated her granddaughter Lena’s Masters Graduation from Tulane University in New Orleans and was looking forward to celebrating her Grandson Sanjay’s High School Graduation in Santa Monica, CA in June.
She was an amazing spouse, partner, mother, grandmother, friend, and teacher who epitomized love, support, and friendship to the many people whose lives she touched.
For such a tiny physical being, she took up an oversized, unmistakable, and delightful presence in the world that will never be forgotten.
Barbara always prioritized philanthropy, so please consider a donation to Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee or The Plymouth Philharmonic in her honor.
Written by Julia Gimbel, Barbara's daughter-in-law
The YogaConnection remains open as of 3/3/2024, but
please keep checking here for updates.
Please check our Schedule for current classes and/or cancellations. You must be fully vaccinated, and we ask that you bring your own mat. Suggested donation $15. We also offer yoga off-site Wednesdays at the Pembroke Public Library and Thursdays at the Plymouth Public Library - see Schedule for times.
Please do not come to class if you are feeling unwell.
Class won't make you feel better, and you might make somone else sick, too.
PLEASE don't come if you've been exposed to Covid within the last week!
Thank you for your patience and understanding!
We wish you good health and peace.
The YogaConnection of Plymouth, MA offers many avenues for people to connect and be part of a wonderful community. A serene studio dedicated solely to yoga, small supportive classes and expert teachers await you. Class Descriptions
Students are encouraged to work at their own level of comfort. Each of our teachers has been a student of yoga philosophy and physical technique for many years. Some hold additional certifications in Prenatal Yoga and Partner Yoga and many are members of the Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association.
In addition, we have in the past offered specialized classes and workshops, yoga therapy programs, Reiki and offsite yoga classes, plus onsite massage and psychotherapy, and hope to again! Learn more here...
Barbara P. Ward,
Registered Kripalu Yoga Teacher
Certified Partner/Couples Yoga Teacher
Barbara has been practicing and teaching Yoga for over 50 years. She sees herself as a facilitator who encourages others to do their own Yoga practice. Her focus is helping others to breathe freely, to relax completely, and to allow the body to express itself from the inside out. Barbara works with couples in therapy, using Yoga as a healing tool.
MS, C-IAYT, LCPC
Yoga Therapist, Therapeutic Life Mentor, Yoga Teacher
Kelly started practicing yoga in 2000, after completing a project for her undergrad degree. Since then, her practice has grown, influencing her well-being, relationships and view of the world. While working as a counselor, she witnessed the benefits of mindfulness, ... read more
Eileen became interested in yoga about twenty years ago as a path to enhance her physical well-being and flexibility, and began daily practice in 2001. Little did she know that yoga would enhance every aspect of her life, especially interactions with friends and family. In September of 2006 she began teacher training at Breathe Joy Yoga in Sharon, MA. read more...
Certified Yoga Instructor
Diana has been practicing yoga for over 25 years. She began to crave the feeling of contentment and joy yoga brings to the mind and body. At that point, she knew it was time to enroll in a teacher training program. Diana has 200 hours of certified yoga teacher training along with certified classes at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. read more
Kim is a recently certified yoga and meditation teacher who has been practicing for 25 years she studied ballet, jazz and tap dancing and then she fell in love with yoga.She equates the grace and the flow of the poses and breathing to a beautiful dance between the mind, body and spirit. ... read more
E-RYT 200, RYT-500, Certified Meditation Instructor,
YACEP, Leading Meditation Teacher Training Certification, Faculty Member Namah Shivaya International School of Yoga
Gentle Yoga poses combined with breath and therapeutic meditation. We will work with intention and personal growth and evolution.