Who: Patty Mooney
Where: I have lived in the area for 20 + years. Like many, a transplant that was chewed up and spit out from the Brooklyn / NYC grind awhile back. At Shakti, in particular I am one of those cogs in the chakra wheel that help machine run smoothly. When another bolt or belt is broken or a match doesn’t have the muster the spark to fire; I step in.
Training: I completed the 200 hour Teacher Certification with Lalita in 2015 and I have been practicing at Shakti for the past 12 years consistently; that’s a lot of sun salutations! I have been teaching since 2015 at Shakti Yoga and do fundraising classes with the Saugerties Teachers Association, where the money goes to people in the community who are in need.
Why Patty Teaches: I practice and teach yoga because I believe in it, all components – physical, mental and spiritual. There is always another place to investigate. I try to emphasize this in my classes, offering the smallest piece of information to inspire students to take yoga off the mat and into their everyday lives. Yoga is a practice and life as well; we are never done.
Favorite yoga pose: My fave asana is Trikonasana, triangle pose. I love its structure and always find its dynamics satisfying with its potential to help me expand and explore the micro movements that create that structure. It inspires me to explore internally and not feel like a square or a circle.
Fun fact: I have been teaching art at Saugerties High School since 1998. I am also a practicing artist and when opportunity knocks, show work in the local galleries. I work with sculpture in wood, clay, metal, you can check out my artwork at www.pattymooney.net and feel free to buy something …lol. I also have a cool husband and cool dog and a cool motorcycle. I feel truly blessed.
Favorite quote: “When you have peace in yourself and accept, then you are calm enough to do something, but if you are carried by despair there is no hope.” -Thich Nhat Hanh
What Patty’s Students Say:“dynamic” – “inspiring and attentive”