About Patrice

 Background

I am an ISHTA 500 hour Graduate Yoga Instructor  and a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 500).   I teach at ISHTA Yoga, at NYU’s Center for Spiritual Life Mindfulness Project and The Yale Club as well as with private and corporate clients, including JP Morgan Chase, Christie’s, Macy’s, Warner Music, and Trump World.  I also have widespread exposure to other mind-body therapies including Mindfulness and the Alexander Technique and am a Karma Kids certified children’s yoga teacher.

In addition to teaching yoga and meditation, I lead corporate seminars on stress reduction, resiliency and other related mind/body issues for corporate clients including Cravath, Swaine & Moore, Sullivan & Cromwell, The New York Times, Ernst & Young, Richemont NA, Volunteers of America, Jones Lang LaSalle and LIPA.

Prior to teaching yoga, I spent over 15 years in the international corporate arena, first as an attorney practicing Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Finance at Shearman & Sterling and Davis & Gilbert and then in the luxury fashion industry as COO of Wolford and President and Principal of Anne Fontaine USA.

Throughout my corporate career, I was always drawn to techniques and modalities to alleviate stress, improve performance and promote a balanced lifestyle.  Although I had been practicing yoga for years, it was not until 2001 when I attended a class with ISHTA founder, Yogi Master Alan Finger that I became truly inspired by the science and philosophy of yoga and meditation.

The ISHTA mission of helping each student find a state of balance through the synchronization of breath with physical asana (poses) and meditation made tremendous sense to me:  I could work to open and strengthen my physical body while learning to harness the power of a still and focused mind to achieve balance, equanimity and peak performance.

In 2003, I sold my interest in Anne Fontaine USA and  left the corporate world to immerse myself fully in mind-body techniques and the performing arts. I expanded my study of yoga and meditation with Alan Finger and pursued my passion for singing and acting, performing in New York City and regional theater, independent films and commercials.

Today, in addition to teaching yoga and meditation, I continue to pursue my passion for the performing arts by singing and acting in various venues in and outside of New York City.  All in all, it’s a balanced life!

I hold a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a BA in French and Political Science from Hofstra University and studied at the University of Nice, France.

Teaching

In keeping with the ISHTA lineage and philosophy, I believe in tailoring the practice to each student’s individual needs and in honoring the ancient science by  incorporating both the physical strengthening and the mental discipline of meditation in the practice.  The word ISHTA means “that which resonates with the individual spirit” in Sanskrit and is also an acronym for the Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra and Ayurveda.  It is the combination of these three ancient sciences that informs my teaching.

Remember, life unfolds one breath at a time.  By staying connected to each breath, we develop an ability to respond to the challenges of life rather than to react to them.

One thought on “About Patrice

  1. You are the light that shines in ISHTA YOGA we will always keep you in our our thoughts and heart. Good luck!

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