After a series of health & life issues in 2012, Patricea Chow was introduced to meditation, mindful breathing, and essential oils to ease anxiety and symptoms of depression. Hoping to get out of a sedentary lifestyle for nine years, she began practicing asanas in 2016, so as to gentle awaken muscles again. In the process of moving through the yoga poses, Patricea found clarity of thought, calmness of emotions, and renewed health.
Following a twice weekly practice, which included Hatha Flow & Acro Yoga lessons from January 2017, Patricea decided to deepen her personal practice with a YTTC: she spent 4-weeks studying traditional Indian Hatha yoga at Yoga Vidya Gurukul in Nasik, India, founded by Vishwas Mandlik (Rushi Dharmajyoti). Before her course, she spent 1-week there practicing asanas, mantra chanting, & seva with international yoga teachers who previously graduated from the ashram.
Since then, Patricea’s personal practice continues to include Hatha Flow as well as Yin, and she enjoys sharing these with others. She draws inspiration from other teachers such as Derris Chew, Hansel Cao, Hee Boon, Tymi Howard Fender, Tonny Chang, and Esther Ekhart.
Patricea is a strong believer in having a loving relationship with your self first, before you can love & care for others. She hopes that her students can achieve a happier & healthier life through a regular practice that combines, yoga poses, deep breathing, restful sleep, and good nutrition. She believes that having body-mind-heart balance will help each person to more effectively manage stress, anxiety and health issues.
Hatha Yoga typically includes the practice of asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises). This is a relatively slow and gentle style that is suitable for beginners or students who prefer a more relaxed class.
This style links traditional Hatha postures into a sequence of movements that flow naturally from one to the next. This class will explore variations of sun salutations, standing and seated poses along with body balancing and inversions.
Yin yoga comes from the Taoist tradition and focuses on passive, seated postures that target the connective tissues in the hips, pelvis and lower spine. Poses are held for anywhere between one and five minutes.
This class contains a series of postures that flow naturally from one to the next. Focus is placed on movement, alignment, flexibility, strength and integration with breath. Poses are held for shorter duration than in a Hatha Yoga or Hatha Flow class.