Warmhearted, energetic, funny, and dedicated to her yoga practice--these are just a few of the words that describe BY's longest-tenured student, Patricia. She has a great sense of humor and makes everyone's lives a little bit brighter with impromptu hair trims, fuzzy wool socks for winter, and her warm, kindhearted spirit. Patricia is a local hair stylist and in her free time she enjoys gardening and cooking. She loves musicals, rarely misses yoga, and uses her practice to heal her body.
What brought you to BY the first time?
I just saw the sign for BY and pulled in. Lisa was there, we had a good talk, and I felt that yoga might be good for me.
What has your yoga practice given you?
I tried lots of other forms of exercise and couldn't stick with them long enough to get any benefit. As a new student I had vague ideas of what yoga was all about and understood that it trains the body and mind in a holistic way--that aspect appealed to me. With yoga, it's your own practice; you start out where you can and progress at your own rate. Soon you feel your practice get stronger and more mindful. My practice has given be the experience of being more centered and the motivation to practice again and again.
What do you like best about the studio?
Whatever you hope to achieve in your practice--whether you're new to yoga, want to stay fit, slow down, focus within, bring peace to your stressful life--BY will help guide you to a practice that is right for you. I am an older student and my yoga practice keeps me from losing my agility.
What's your most favorite and least favorite pose?
My least favorite pose is hero's pose; it's a little hard on my knees although there are options to make it okay. I like balance poses like Dancer's pose. Some days I'm balanced and other days I'm not and that's okay. Balance poses are like life--some days you're right on and some days you're off.
What's your advice for someone coming to yoga for the first time?
Yoga is good for your mind, body, and soul.
Interview by Colleen Robinson