Mike Pilla

Age: Father Judge High School, 1971

What do you do when you're off the mat? Walk a little taller, breathe a little deeper, feel a little finer because I was on the mat.

What brought you to BY for the first time? 

The place I started at closed and I followed one of the teachers, who said he would let me know when he found a nice studio.  He was right, it is nice.  I started on Thursday nights with a 10 class plan, then another, Saturday and Sunday morning classes, then a monthly.  Then you opened Goose Creek, and the rest of the week was really available.

What's your favorite thing about the studio? 

It's warm - there's a kindness among the yogis and the yogis-to-be; and from them, I learn something new about something every time I get to a class.  BY the way, the scented, cool cloths are a plus.

What's your advice for someone coming to yoga for the very first time? 

Leave your inner-critic at the door, it didn't pay for the class and it can't do what you can do.  Also, don't be late, you'll miss the opportunity to get on the wavelength.   

What has your yoga practice given you? 

A unique sense of well being.  

What's your favorite pose? 

They all are.  Each one is subtlely different each time - challenging but rewarding.  But, I do look forward to savasana - it is an opportunity to put the whole thing in perspective without really trying (the wavelength thing again).

What's your least favorite pose?  

It used to be pigeon, but I'm over it now and I'm looking for another least favorite.

Tell us something unusual about yourself. 

I like a good adventure - I went cross-country for 4 months once; was an EMT for 15 years on a Rescue company; snorkeled in Stingray Bay; been fishing in Canada (a lot); we traveled to France and Italy, Cabo and the Caribbean; we get to visit our grandson in California. This year's adventure is waiting to happen.  Oh, and my mother's maiden name is Palladino.

What three words would your best friend use to describe you?   

trustworthy, loyal, helpful...you know the rest.

What's your guilty (or not so guilty) pleasure?  

Thinking that I can dance (when I really can't).

Have you made any big changes in your life since starting your yoga practice? 

I wear Lululemon stuff, I like it and, I think I look good in it (see the dancing thing above).

If you were having a dinner party and could invite anyone you wanted to, who would you invite? 

Our grandparents - the conversation would be interesting.