Following the teachings of Rod Stryker and the Himalayan Institute,this ParaYoga class aims to empower you to thrive on and off the mat. The yoga 1/2 class emphasizes building endurance, refining revolved standing poses and using the breath to enhance all postures and clarity of mind. It is suitable for students who have studied other styles of yoga.
Pat took her first yoga class with a coworker and friend who was recovering from cancer in 1998. She never left. Yoga changed her life as she raised a family and worked for the local school system in Montgomery County Maryland. Completing RYT 200 and RYT 500, she continued to practice at Willow Street Yoga Center in Maryland and to teach there as well. She has taught yoga for people with injuries and special conditions, yoga at sunrise, gentle yoga, yoga for round bodies as well as yoga 1/2. She has lead Gayatri Mantra chanting and taught the course on The Four Desires. On June 25, 2016, their 50th wedding anniversary, Pat and Charlie moved to Sedona, Arizona.
Pat first met Rod Stryker at a workshop in 2002, continuing to study with him in Maryland Massachusetts, Missouri, Colorado and Mexico. Yogarupa accepted Pat as his student on April 16, 2005. She is now a senior teacher with Para Yoga.
In this Himalayan tradition, Rod;s Teacher’s thoughts on Sri Vidya guide Pat: “The world is a beautiful place, Maintain this awareness. Cultivate this attitude and the techniques to maintain this experience. Knowledge is full of joy and beauty.” She keeps these words in her heart and continues the journey to learn about the tradition from her teacher and from the kula. With her husband, her children an grandchildren, she lives and works in the world guided by a sense of fairness, love, ease and balance. She believes that we become our path–our actions–not just big things–small things create destiny.
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