Patricia "Tish" Rees

TishHow long have you been practicing Hot yoga? Since 2007

Teaching? Hot Yoga Teacher Training Fall 2010 - San Diego CA

I was born in Massachusetts but grew up in Northern Virginia, outside of Washington, D.C., a large family. Graduated University of New Hampshire, English Degree. Went to work as an editor on association magazine in Washington then moved here in early 1990s. I am married and have one daughter, Bronwyn, who I am encouraging to enjoy fencing and yoga. I live in Rockledge and have been a stay at home mom since 2002.

As for my Hot yoga experience...I was encouraged to try by my dear friend Judy Buford at a time of great stress in my life. I have always been active so the thought of a "work out" appealed to me, however, in a hot room with other sweaty people in close proximity seemed a bit odd. My long standing curiosity with yoga in general won out. It took me totally by surprise. I loved it from the start, not even exactly sure why. The contrast between the total hell of practicing it correctly and the incredible relief and joy you feel knowing it is over and you've done it, a perfect balance. Only later did I start to understand the ancient power and the beauty of this health care regime. The scientific explanations of the benefits of Hot yoga are still to be completely defined, however the earliest hatha yoga asanas from which this practice originates has delivered health benefits over thousands of years. Anything around for that long appeals to my sensibilities, and so I pursued my interest as well as improved my mind, spirit and body.

But, the facts. I have been practicing since 2007. I have been lucky enough to have attended various yoga functions; seminars, retreats, clinics, all through BYOTI. I didn't realize what a wonderful early education I got until I went to teacher training where I talked to lots of people who never had the opportunities presented. BYOTI rocks! So I went to training, wanted to teach this great stuff and help people to help themselves. It is like the old line about give a man a fish, he eats one day, teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime. If we can learn to help ourselves, sooner or later we will be healthy enough to help others. I plan to be enjoying teaching very soon, right now it is a bit nerve wracking as I love to please and be perfect! Ha! Just know I am doing it for your own good, this hurts me more than it does you, you'll thank me for it one day....I guess I'll be the Mom Yogini. Ain't nothing some tough love won't cure.~  Namaste