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ATM Student of the Month: Pat Salzillo

What attracted you to yoga?  Why did you start?
I wish I could remember what prompted me to try a yoga class, since this was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.  I moved to South County from Boston in 2000 and had never done yoga before.  I think I must have seen an All That Matters brochure somewhere. I remember wondering what yoga was all about and deciding to drop into a class.  Fourteen years later, I can’t imagine my life without yoga!

What is your favorite type or style of yoga?
I love most styles, but lately I’m drawn to slower-paced practices that give me time to get into a pose safely and to spend some time “steeping” in its effects.  One of the things I love most about yoga is the wide variety of practices.  I know that no matter what state of mind, physical condition, or stage of life I’m in, there will always be a yoga practice that will be exactly what I need.

What is your favorite yoga pose and why?
Warrior II makes me feel strong, grounded, powerful, and graceful.  It’s a pose where I feel completely stable and at ease, even when I’m working really hard.
What keeps you doing yoga?
It feels amazing.  I feel most at home in myself when I’m doing yoga.

What other activities do you enjoy?
I love swimming (especially in waves), kayaking, paddle-boarding, and hiking.  I recently tried indoor rock climbing and I love it, even though it scares me.

An inspiring book or movie you recommend?
Tantra Illuminated is a beautiful book that does just what it claims.  Christopher Wallis offers an authentic and scholarly, yet clear and readable overview of Tantric philosophy that gave me an exciting new perspective on consciousness and reality.  It’s in the Store at All That Matters :)

What do you like most about All That Matters?
I am constantly amazed by the variety of programs and services available at ATM.  I love that it’s a bustling community of wonderful people who seek practice and pursuits to help them bring their best to whatever they do in life.

Advice to beginners?
Don’t worry what it looks like or how flexible you are or aren’t.  Pay attention to what it feels like and approach each pose with curiosity and willingness to explore and get comfortable with new sensations.

Any other words of wisdom?
Do yoga.  Any kind of yoga.  Every day.  For the rest of your life.  My favorite yoga sutra is this: “That practice is indeed firmly grounded when it is pursued incessantly, with reverence, for a long time.” (1.14)  The rewards will be immeasurable.


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