In the last couple of months, we’ve taken a closer look at some of our beloved Yoga Nook teachers here on the blog. So far we’ve profiled Yasa Rasakhoo and Jess Nilson. To spice things up a bit for June, we’re turning our attention to YOU, our Yoga Nook members—and one fabulous member in particular: Patti Grammatis. Read on to find out more about Patti’s journey with Yoga, AIM and of course, Yoga Nook.
What originally led you to begin practicing Yoga in general, and at Yoga Nook in particular?
I began practicing Yoga over three decades ago to develop a peaceful and calming hiatus from a very busy life. Through Yoga I found that serenity, and also found it to be a healthy exercise to keep me in shape.
When Jeni opened up the Nook minutes from my home in Simi, I was beyond thrilled. At both of her studios, she has developed a nurturing, friendly environment that welcomes newcomers and makes everyone feel at home. It’s a place that encourages friendships, and all the classes are taught by well-trained professionals who keep us safe. I feel so lucky to have the Nook so close by, and recommend that everyone tries it out!
How has practicing Yoga and AIM (either group classes or one-on-one) benefited you?
Yoga has helped me cultivate a body/mind connection of awareness and flexibility that is a guiding light in my daily life. Yoga keeps me grounded, centered and calm. Three years ago, when I experienced a very painful frozen shoulder, it was Jeni’s gentle, one-on-one AIM sessions that helped me develop the full range of motion that no other therapy seemed to be able to, including acupuncture and traditional physical therapy. AIM teaches patience and a slowing-down that is the antidote to today’s fast-paced life.
Are there any stories you would like to share about your journey with Yoga?
Several years ago, I decided to go through the Nook’s RYT 200 Teacher Training program. Our cohort was only the second to pass through Jeni’s skilled teachings, and we formed a special bond as we delved into the philosophy, anatomy and techniques of Yoga.
I was petrified (literally petrified) to teach my first five-minute portion of a class, although I had been a classroom teacher for over two decades by then. Slowly, all those fears subsided and I enjoyed teaching a 20-20-20 class on Sundays. Then as a physical education teacher, I was able to lead over 60 middle schoolers in yoga classes that soon became my students’ favorite unit. Without the skill and support of Jeni, and the members of my Yoga Nook family, I know this would not have been possible.
What do you value most about being a member at Yoga Nook?
One of the things I value the most about being a member of the Nook is the friendly, happy, welcoming environment. We always look out for each other and try to help newcomers feel at home so they too can reap the benefits of Yoga. In addition, Jeni and her teachers are constantly innovating and modifying techniques as we age to keep us safe and injury-free–that is very important to me, and the teachers at the Nook take great care to ensure our well-being.
What is your favorite class at Yoga Nook, and why?
Every class I attend becomes my favorite class the minute we take our first deep breath. It took me quite awhile to develop this attitude, but it really works. I especially enjoy the meditation class on Mondays at 7:45 a.m. with Pat, because she grounds my day with wisdom and courage. I also enjoy classes with Kelly, Robin, Allison, Rachel, Yasa, and of course Jeni–to name just a few.