July Teacher of the Month: Britt Patterson

Britt Teacher of the MonthThis month we are honoring Britt as our Teacher or the Month! She is one of the kindest people you’ll ever meet, greeting you with a big, warm smile, happy to say hello and chat. Britt has been donating her time at the studio for a while now, offering a very special class: Yoga for Beginners. One could argue this is the most important class we offer. We believe everyone should be able to learn about yoga in a safe space, and Britt is vital to making that a reality. Not only does Britt offer Yoga for Beginners, she also periodically offers her Yoga for Teen Girls workshop, which is inspired by her therapy work for high needs adolescents. It is an honor to have Britt teaching at Asheville Community Yoga, we are so lucky!

What was the experience with yoga that got you hooked?

In a high school drama class about 20 years ago, I was first introduced to sun salutations and loved how I felt when I did them.  I continued ‘doing a few sun salutes’ when I was in college, not realizing that these were the growing roots of my yoga practice.

What inspires you to continue yoga?

The sun. The moon. The wind on my face. The earth under my feet. The great big oak tree by my front porch. Moments when I’m feeling anxious or critical or uncertain.  Moments when I’m joyful and moments when I feel broken.  I feel more compassionate, grounded, and present through my yoga practice.  I told a friend recently that asana helps me unlock love from my body and the practice connects me with a deeper, expansive, collective feeling of love.  Seeing my mat in the corner of the room reminds me, but every moment and every breath are ever-present reminders to practice.

What is your favorite pose?

These days it’s either a forward fold or a low lunge twist.

What is your most challenging pose?

Triangle was once my nemesis, but the torch has been passed to half moon.

What is your current or all-time favorite song or artist for a yoga playlist?

Currently it’s Sigur Ros, in the dark, by candlelight… ooo, yeah.

What is your mantra?

Lokah samasta sukhino bhavantu.

If you could just share one practice that has helped you the most, what would it be?

Mindfulness. Regardless of what I’m experiencing, slowing down and being genuinely present seems to make life more beautiful. When I think of a physical practice, an online video by Hala Khouri was tremendously helpful for low back pain that I was experiencing.

How did you find Asheville Community Yoga?

I found Asheville Community Yoga by seeing the signs around town and also listening to the inner signal to sign up for teacher training in 2013. So glad that I did. I’m really grateful for this community. I love the people, the practice, and feeling connected to something with such a profound ripple effect.

If you or someone you know is new to yoga and wants a loving introduction, try Britt’s Yoga for Beginners class on Mondays 1:15-2:00pm.

Britt- Thank you for your years of donating time and love to the center. You create a safe space for people to dive into the world of yoga and receive the benefits. It’s truly a gift to have you here! We love you!