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Patricia D. Pittman, M.D., MBA

Yoga

When Your Spouse Is *Also* Your Yoga Instructor

When Your Spouse Is *Also* Your Yoga Instructor

I never thought that when I started this yoga journey I would end up fraternizing with-and then shacking up with my yoga teacher. But it happened. And 4 years later, here we are….still together…and now both teachers! It’s a romantic story of sweaty mats and […]

~* A Yogi’s Trip Home *~

~* A Yogi’s Trip Home *~

A couple of weekends back I was visiting my beautiful home state of Arizona. It is sometimes difficult for me to return home for visits due to the demanding schedule of a resident and also the fact that the 4.5 hour flight from one coast […]

A Teacher’s Sadness.

A Teacher’s Sadness.

Let me preface this with I am not a studio owner and all the following are only MY observations and opinions…..I write of no particular studios as this phenomenon is something that transcends all types of yoga and all types of studios. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ When I decided […]

Pranayama•Breathing, Part 1!

Pranayama•Breathing, Part 1!

As a yoga instructor (and a physician), I often preach the power and importance of using your lungs every single day to help decrease stress, increase attentiveness, and flush the mind & body with fresh, new oxygen.  As a pathologist, I have a very unique perspective […]

Bikram “Change.”

Bikram “Change.”

Over a 90 minute class, the phrase “Change.” is used approximately 26 times in the Bikram dialogue. This got me thinking about how symbolic and meaningful the phrase “Change.” is to the Bikram series and for the Bikram yogis who practice. Maybe it’s only coincidence, but maybe […]

Sometimes I Feel Like A Naive Yoga Teacher…..

Sometimes I Feel Like A Naive Yoga Teacher…..

Being a yogi extends far beyond the walls of a yoga studio. The true life of a yogi is something that I practice day-in and day-out…whether teaching, taking or simply “being”, it’s a conscious choice I make to treat others like the gift that they […]