About & Contact

Hi, I’m Paisley, welcome!

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. (If you want to know my certificates/training scroll to the bottom).

The longer answer is, I teach 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 and mindfulness practices offer.

My teaching combines anatomy, alignment, slow flow, held postures, breath, meditation 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 been teaching full time since 2000 and before that was a Pilates teacher from 1996-2000. I have over 10,000 hours experience in the mind-body field. 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). What always keeps me inspired and motivated through it all is the dedication and commitment of the students.

 

Training & Certificates

  • Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 certified
    • RYT 200 completed in 2007
    • RYT 500 completed in 2012
  • Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider
  • Mindfulness Teacher
    • Unified Mindfulness Foundations Course
    • Mindful Awareness Practices- level 1, through UCLA
  • Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teahcer
    • Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute (2016)
    • Connected Warriors – military specific (2015)
  • Mental Health First Aider

 

 

 

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 Or contact Paisley directly: paisleyanneclose(at)gmail(dot)com