Featured Teacher: Jodi Patton

Why do you practice?
To bring balance to my life and to allow for a greater sense of relaxation and peace of mind.

Why do you teach?
To inspire in others those many and various gifts that I receive from daily practice.

I am inspired by many of the great saints, masters and teachers; Patanjali, Hafiz, Rumi, Christ, Buddha, Mother Theresa, Ramana Marharshi, and many many others …. and also by children who innocently share simple Truths with me.

Who have you trained with?
Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman, Angela Farmer, Victor Van Kooten, Erich Schiffman, Judith Lasater, Gangaji, Hayakuten Inamoto, Tim Miller, Snatam Kaur, Tom Myers, Arthur Kilmurray, Doug Keller, Tara brach, Cindy lee, maryLou weprin. Trijang rinpoche, pema Chodron, wayne Dyer, louise Hay and rosalyn Breyere.

What style do you teach?
Hatha Yoga

What’s your favorite food?
Greens, pizza, tart cherry pie

Do you own any animals?
Yes, Tigger -- yellow tabby cat, 16 years old; Dickens -- American Water Spaniel, 10 years old; Peanut -- Yorkie-Poo, 3 years; Luci-Lu -- Morkie, 1 year old; and various fresh water fish

What’s on your playlist right now?
Adele, Beatles, Bob Marley, Colbie Caillat, Corinne Bailey Rae, Eva Cassidy, Ingid Michaelson, Inner Voice, Krishna Das, Lorie Line, Matt Nathanson, Nancy Griffith, Ramsey Lewis, Snatam Kaur, Janis Joplin

What’s your favorite yoga accessory?
Eye pillow

What style influences your teaching?
It may not be a style…but the poetry of Hafiz and Rumi influences my teaching…also, just moving the body in an open-minded and open-hearted way with breath inspires my teaching and my own practice

Favorite yoga pose?
Right at this moment, my favorite category of poses are inversions….going upside down is proving to serve me in my life right now. Though, my favorite poses change as my life changes.

Favorite quote?
“It is what it is.” and “I am That I am”

What is your favorite TV show of all time?
I don’t watch TV all that often. I suppose it could be Dark Shadows or Gilmore Girls or NCIS…..I really like the Food Network station too.

What would you call yourself if you could choose your own name?
Hmmmmm…..never really gave this much thought…..perhaps Lynnie or Evie

Your favorite item of clothing?
Skirts and dresses

What did you want to be when you were little?
A singer or a teacher

In the animal kingdom, which animal would you be?
A puppy….they’re always happy!

What word describes you best?

What drives you every day?
Truth…love for life

Who do you admire?
My daughter

What is your mission?
To leave everyone I come in contact with…. a little lighter, with a bit or a lot of happiness….knowing that they are special.

What is the kindest thing anyone has done for you?
Helped me realize that I am special.