About & Contact
Hi, I’m Paisley, and welcome to my site!
Most people’s first question when they meet me is, “What style of yoga do you teach?” Generically, my answer is ‘Hatha’ which implies classes that are a slower pace and are alignment-driven vs. vinyasa flow.
The longer answer is, its purpose-driven yoga, not pose-driven (with roots in both Iyengar and Anusara yoga). Postures are important, but without substance and application to daily life, they fall flat of meaning, inner connection and the sense of peace that yoga offers.
My teaching combines anatomy, alignment, slow flow, held postures, breath, mindfulness and intelligent sequencing that makes yoga accessible to all ability and age levels (really, everyone is welcome!!). There is always room for a touch of humor and lots of space to de-stress and become more quiet within.
Nature has always been where I feel most free, happy and at home. Though I was born and raised near the beaches of San Diego, the mountains will always have my heart. I began rock climbing in the early 90’s while attending Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.
Today, my husband, Aaron, and I spend much of our free time climbing. While the physical act of rock climbing has come easily to me, mentally it is often a struggle, and it is one of the places I consistently practice working with stress rather than avoiding it.
Other things I love are dark chocolate, strong, black coffee, meaningful conversation, sleeping in the wilderness, knitting, minimizing my environmental impact, making healthy desserts and loving on all kinds of dogs, including our mutt Lizzie.
I have taught for businesses (GE Wind, Scaled Composites, Hell’s Backbone Grill), at yoga festivals (Sedona, Mammoth, Flash Foxy), led teacher trainings and workshops (in SoCal, Wyoming, Tennessee and Mexico) and have over ten thousand hours of experience in the mind-body field. What always keeps me inspired and motivated through it all is the dedication and commitment of the students.
Whether we see each other weekly at our Tehachapi yoga studio or annually at an event, our relationship motivates me to keep learning, growing and being the best teacher I can be.
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Or contact Paisley directly: paisleyanneclose(at)gmail(dot)com