You know us from the classroom, teacher training, retreats, and more –or maybe you’re new to Yoga 216 and you’re still looking forward to all those opportunities!– and maybe a few things slipped through the cracks in our time together! We love that you share your yoga with us, so we thought, why not share a bit of ours?
Get to Know Your 216 Teacher – Tejal Patel!
When did you start practicing yoga + why?
The exact start is blurry, I believe it was in a past life, with my ancestors. I know the practice is in my bones, my blood, it’s simply part of who I am.
What’s your favorite pose? Your least favorite?
My favorite is a seated meditation, it alters my consciousness like no other asana practice.
My least favorite is ….?
Tell us about your personal practice.
Quiet time meditating, doing dishes, reading, all very much in the style of Thich Naht Hanh Zen Buddhist practices, practicing asana, goal setting and planning. And then time with others community-building, I love leading a class through a sequence, the engagement and social/interpersonal setting is a deep part of my practice. A big part of my personal practice is working with a neutral non-judgemental attitude in safe spaces then attempting that behavior in challenging environments.
What led you to teaching?
I have the personality and demeanor. I am excited to share what I know with others, from tutoring, to being a TA in college, working in management. Teaching is something I lean into.
Tell us three of your favorite things about teaching yoga.
Being of service to others,
Feeling a connection to the elements, and my own beating heart.
Devoting my life to creating a world in which I wish to live.
What do you love about teaching at 216?
In my 2+ years at Yoga 216, I’ve fallen in love with so many facets of our studio: our clients are unique, exciting, and very inquisitive, the ambiance of our space is special and welcoming, and the crew is spunky and vivacious!
You’ve been practicing for a while. What’s something that you’ve learned recently about or from your practice that surprised you?
How happy I am to go to work everyday.
What do you do for fun and how does it balance you?
When I can – TRAVEL! It’s the ultimate reminder of who I am, my purpose here, and my influence on myself and others.
What was the last movie you saw and what did you think of it?
Justice League – I liked the levity! I’ve always been a fan of fantasy and superheroes, and Batman is my ultimate favorite because of his constant battle with dark and light.