OmTown Yoga TeachersAnd Our Expanded Teaching Community
Patty Turnberg, a lifelong student of dance and aerobics, has always filled her life with the joy of moving. Recently, in recognition and appreciation of the aging process, her focus turned to yoga and she earned her 200 hour Teacher Training Certificate from 8 Limbs Yoga Center in Seattle. Her aim is to guide people of all ages into moving and breathing with intention and joy.
“I spent my first yoga class, as a 13-year-old freshman in high school who couldn’t touch her toes, giggling with my girlfriends in the dimly lit auxiliary-gym-turned-makeshift-yoga-studio. I was uncomfortable in my skin and it’s safe to say the teachings didn’t stick. Eight years later, in college, I signed up for a quarterly yoga class for an easy, senior-year credit and spent nine weeks wearing socks to cover my “ugly big toes” and wondering why I was less flexible than the male lacrosse players in the class, as we all begged for 30-minute nap times our overly tired bodies and minds so desperately craved. I was still uncomfortable in my skin, and it’s safe to say the teachings didn’t stick. I dabbled with yoga at my gym from time to time over the next few years, but, a self-proclaimed gym rat, I thought if I wasn’t beating myself up on a treadmill or in a boot camp, my time spent moving just wasn’t time well spent. But, as one of my beloved teachers pointed out, you don’t find yoga, yoga finds you. Yoga latched onto me in a beach town in Costa Rica on Valentine’s Day in 2013, and has been unwilling to let go since.
I often think about my life in Before Yoga and After Yoga terms, as the decision to dive headfirst into a regular yoga practice has changed my relationships with myself, others, and the world around me in such a profound way that I almost don’t recognize the girl in the years BY who felt so small, reactive, and eager to please.
I am drawn to teach because I know what it feels like to finally find your toes—and yourself—after years of grasping with no luck, and want to help empower others to step into that experience. My classes will challenge you in an accessible way and always feature intelligent and safe sequencing with a healthy dose of alignment cues.
As a journalist, I am a storyteller at heart, and I enjoy infusing observations, poetry, and music into my classes. I completed my 200-hour teacher training at YogaView in Chicago in 2015 while completing my MS in Health Communication at Northwestern University, and am currently pursuing an additional 300-hour advanced training through Seattle Yoga Arts.
Katie discovered her love of yoga over ten years ago in college, and deepened her practice while living in Perth, Australia, where she completed a teaching apprenticeship. She returned home to Seattle in 2014 and completed her yoga teacher training at the Center for Yoga of Seattle. Katie enjoys creating an inclusive and non-judgmental yoga classroom environment, working with students of all levels, and incorporating restoration and mindfulness into her classes. Katie has found a greater mind-body connection through yoga, and loves sharing the practice with her friends, family, and students.
Marcie is a certified Viniyoga teacher registered with Yoga Alliance at the 500-hour level. She is also certified in Yoga for Round Bodies. She has found Yoga, meditation, and breath work to be powerful tools in her life, and she is inspired to help others do the same. Marcie’s warmth and wisdom support students in finding their own comfort and unique abilities in Yoga. For more information about Marcie visit www.nourishingbreathyoga.com marcie firstname.lastname@example.org