Shaina Patel

Name: Shaina Patel (@TheBay2Bombay) Pronouns: She/Her

About Me: I am a middle school teacher and artist at heart. Every day I wake up and try to be my best self for my students. I love young people and choose to invest my time and energy into the youth so that we (together) can create a better world. My youth, my students, are my greatest teachers. Through my yoga training, I have brought mindfulness into my classroom curriculum this school year. When I am not at school, you may find me doing mehndi (henna), cooking, in nature, or maybe playing capoeira.

Yoga Teaching Philosophy: I believe yoga is a healing practice that should be accessible to all. I honor the South Asian and Kemetic roots of the practice. I strive to create an all-inclusive environment in my yoga classes. I welcome students from all backgrounds, identities (race, gender, sexuality, ability, religion, etc.) and levels.

Personally, I practice yoga to connect with the healing practices of my ancestors. Born in San Jose, I moved to India for 3 years in my early 20's to connect to the land of my ancestors. I am forever grateful to yoga for the healing it has provided me, my students and loved ones. I am also grateful for the ways in which teaching yoga connect me back to the memories of living in New Delhi and Mumbai, India. India is my heart and teaching yoga helps me stay connected.