OUR FEATURED TEACHER FOR OCTOBER 2019
FEATURED TEACHER OF THE MONTH:
"Yoga helped me get my breath back and unwind all the stress my body. It continues to serve me well with all of life’s challenges big and small.”
Patty came to embrace yoga through a very difficult time in her life, and later became a teacher to share the healing benefits of yoga. Her teaching style combines the work of healing and alignment to ensure a safe and focused practice. She enjoys creating a warm and welcoming environment in her class, leaving her students feeling strengthened mentally, emotionally, and physically. Get to know more about Patty below!
Q: Tell us a bit about how you found yoga?
A: Yoga came to me during a very difficult time in my life. My daughter Katie, who was two at the time, was 19 months into a two year chemotherapy treatment for Lymphoma. She was well enough at that time to attend preschool. I was concerned about leaving her at the school so it was suggested I take the yoga class offered in the basement of the preschool facility. Yoga helped me get my breath back and unwind all the stress my body accumulated over the previous year and 1/2. It continues to serve me well with all of life’s challenges big and small.
Q: What can someone expect when coming to your class?
A: In my class, my hope is, you find a way let yoga serve you. I will offer an experience of watching breath and body sensations. I encourage you to fully search your body and breath using ailment cues and pranayama practices. The class can evolve in anyway that works for you, I will offer suggestions but you will always be encouraged to follow your own best inspiration.
Q: What’s something about you that no one would expect?
A: A possible interesting fun fact about me is that, before kids, I was the Assistant Director of Financial Aid at NYU School of Law. I was in charge of the Loan Repayment Assistance Program, which help repay the loans of graduates working in low income public service environments.
Q: If you had to choose- favorite yoga pose?
A: My favorite pose is Dancer, Natarajasana. In this pose you need to engage balance and a rooting down to lift up in order to express the heart of this pose. When all are working well if feels effortless, this is of course true of all yoga asana. Q: Favorite song? A: For me, a favorite song feels like a favorite child, impossible to choose. Music weaves in and out of life as you need it, to lift you up or help ground you. With that, currently I'm loving the song More by Phish, it speaks to the times we are living in now, check it out!!
Q: When can someone practice with you?
A: Come check me out my Grounded Flow class on Tuesday’s at 9:15AM!