We are incredibly grateful to have Mike Palermo as our May Teacher of the Month! We appreciate his originality, humor, and authenticity. He brings something truly unique to the studio in his teaching. He has been volunteering his time to share his wisdom and knowledge with our community for over 2 years and we couldn’t be more lucky for his presence. Be sure to catch his Yin Flow (L1 & L2) Mondays from 2:15 to 3:30 pm & Vinyasa Flow (L1 & L2) Fridays from 2:30 to 3:30 pm.
Without further ado, here’s Mike!
What was the experience with yoga that got you hooked? People come to yoga for all sorts of reasons, often for reasons that they don’t necessarily want to re-live or have brought to the surface or have to explain or that they haven’t worked through for themselves yet, let alone for sharing. Which is why when I’m asked this question I will politely smile and change the subject.
What inspires you to continue yoga? I know how the physical practice of yoga has helped me both physically and emotionally, and I like to share that with people. It’s cool when I can see that happening in class, I get psyched for other people having a kick-ass yoga experience.
What is your favorite pose? What’s my Glory Pose. It literally changes every week. Just ask anyone in my classes.
What is your most challenging pose? What’s my Nemesis Pose. It literally changes every week. Just ask anyone in my classes.
What is your favorite time/place to practice? Lately I’ve been digging the 8:15 p.m. classes at Asheville Community Yoga. Heading there tonight actually.
Do you have a favorite yoga book or video? I guess ‘Light on Yoga’ only because I refer to it so often. It’s essentially an encyclopedia of almost all the yoga poses with instruction. Sometimes I’ll just browse through it to find poses I haven’t done or taught lately.
Is there a recurring theme that runs through your yoga practice? Through my teaching it’s ‘If I can do this, pretty much anyone can do it.” I like to set a low bar to success by example.
If you could just share one practice that has helped you the most, what would it be? Meditation.
What is your current or all-time favorite song or artist for a yoga playlist? “Govinda” by Bhagavan Das. It just *feels* like India to me. He was a kid from Laguna Beach who dropped everything to live as an ascetic in India for years back in the 60’s and has lived the life ever since. The song just sounds like all that. It’s a great song to play during savasana or meditation. Or “Boogie Wonderland” by EWF. Either one works.
How did you find Asheville Community Yoga? I actually don’t remember, internet probably, Yelp if I had to guess.
Do you have a spirit animal? If so, what is it? Bald Eagle. My ink is supposed to be eagle feathers but I don’t know that they would withstand ornithological scrutiny in that regard.
What’s your most embarrassing moment in a yoga class? I’ve never tooted if that’s what you’re asking. During teacher training for some ill-fated reason I was chosen to demo upward facing bow with my feet on a folding chair. Being the 2×4 I was at the time, I sprang back into my original flat state, my feet launched the chair out from under me and into the crowd as my body sprung up and around, thereby creating the most awesome yoga wipeout in recent history. At least until two weeks ago but I’m not saying who topped that …
Thank you Mike for your Service! (And thanks for not sharing the newest yoga wipeout ;))