A Gentle Way Yoga is celebrating 15 years as a studio this year!
We are honoring our long-time students who have supported us since our inception.
Meet Pat Fox, one of Lanita’s very first students almost 20 years ago – when classes were being taught at a Diet Center, Gyms, Karate Studios, and private homes. Pat is 81 years young, married with two daughters, 8 grandkids and 2 great grandkids.
With a bright twinkle in her blue eyes, she brings total enthusiasm and joy to every class she attends at our studio.
Her advice to new students or anyone who is thinking about coming to A Gentle Way Yoga is, “Come and try it! It saved my life and can make a huge difference in your life.
Pat loved her work at API Behavioral Health as a charge nurse on the chemical dependency unit, but she walked into her first class over-tired, over worked, emotionally and physically exhausted. Her body held major pain from her job as a nurse. Because of lifting patients by herself for many years, “My arms, shoulders and back were wrecked,” she said.
She doesn’t remember exactly how she found us, but she’s so glad she did! She says that yoga changed her life completely and it makes her “joyous, happy and free!”
Pat has been practicing gentle yoga consistently at least twice a week at our studio since that first day, as well as doing water exercise twice a week. She lost 50 pounds (learning to relax), and easily eats much healthier now.
Her preferred type of class at our studio is Purple/Gentle-Moderate MIMSY classes. Her favorite pose is Legs Up The Wall: “ it gets blood flowing to my brain and feels great!”
In addition to her impressive exercise routine, Pat enjoys gardening. Ten years ago she established her yard as a Certified Wildlife Habitat through the Wildlife Habitat Society. She was inspired to transform her yard because of the water shortage in San Diego. She took classes at Cuyamaca College and created drought-resistant landscaping, ponds and blooming flowers and plants for birds, bees and butterflies.
Pat says still has some aches and pains, but yoga keeps her going.
Pat favorite saying is: “I keep moving so I will keep moving.”
Pat is the first person to class, and always provides glowing complements to our teachers after classes. She is very kind to new teachers, and subs, saying there is always something to learn from anyone, and every new teacher needs practice and deserves respect and support.
She says, “Gentle MIMSY Yoga: This is complete, relaxation – you don’t want to leave! It is a mind/body/spirit-everything is connected experience.”