Please join us in celebrating our Team Member of the Month: Patricia R.! Many of you have seen Pat in the studio, as she attends an variety of classes and workshops here at Waynesville Yoga Center. We are grateful to have her calm, joyful presence in the studio – and honored to support her wellness goals.
To get to know Patricia a little better, we asked her to share a bit about herself and her journey with yoga…
- Tell me about your experience with yoga: how it began, where it has taken you, and how yoga has impacted your life.
I began a home practice of yoga in my early twenties. I’ve been a lifelong runner and I loved the physical aspects of yoga then; stretching and muscle strengthening. Over the last twenty years (I’m 62 yrs. old now), I began to explore the spiritual teachings of the yogic traditions; taking classes at yoga centers, attending yoga retreats, and beginning a meditation practice.
I moved to Waynesville four years ago when I retired from a deeply rewarding career as a teacher, then an elementary Principal in New York State. Over these last few years here, I continued my yoga practice; sometimes taking workshops and classes in the Asheville yoga community and at the Waynesville Recreation Center. When I learned of the opening of the Waynesville Yoga Center (just 1.3 miles from my home), I was thrilled!
I joined the Waynesville Yoga Center (WYC) with an unlimited classes/monthly membership and take as many classes as I can weekly! Since joining, I have lost 23 pounds! Some of it is from changing my diet and being more active in general, but some of it is definitely from the classes I take every week at WYC.
The variety of classes and the expertise of each one of the instructors has given me the opportunity to deepen my yoga practice, and improve my overall health! Practicing yoga at WYC has supported my personal goal of living mindfully and strengthening union of my body and mind! I am ever grateful that the WYC community is here!
- What are your favorite styles / classes?
I have to say that I have no particular favorite classes. Every class that I’ve taken, from Restorative/Yin to Mixed Level Flow yoga, is taught with such expertise and beauty of intention! I select classes based on what I’m feeling I need in my practice that day and having so many class options in the weekly schedule, that easy to do! I also love taking the energizing Buti Yoga and the muscle stretching/strengthening Barre classes!
- What’s your favorite pose and why?
It’s hard to pick a favorite pose; again I appreciate each pose and flow for what it has to teach me! I have to say that in the course of a Flow class, I do love, and feel empowered by practicing Breath of Fire in Goddess Pose!
- What do you do when you’re not practicing yoga?
When I’m not practicing yoga, I’m enjoying retirement in these beautiful Smoky Mountains! I love to run, hike, walk my dog, read and spend time with my amazing twenty-six year old daughter, Roxy. 💕
- Tell me something funny or unexpected about you.
This is a tough question! Being one of the oldest in a family of seven children and in adulthood having a wonderful career in teaching and school administration, I’ve always held a “role” of responsibility. Being in my cognitive mind to consider best courses of action in decision-making was my strength. Although I loved every minute of my position in educational leadership, I’m trying now to live with a lighter heart, appreciating and grateful for living in each moment!
Next time you see Pat, give her a fist bump for a being a total bad-ass! 🙂 We are grateful to have her in our yoga community – and to feature her as the September Team Member of the Month!