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Yogi Tones Featured Teacher – Patrick McConnell

What type of yoga do you teach?

Hatha, vinyasa

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

The beach!

What do you like the most about practicing there?

The tranquility of it all. The sand between my toes. The harmony between land and sea. The hypnotic repetition of waves rolling through. There’s nothing more peaceful than a sunrise or sunset yoga session on a quiet beach!

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

My spiritual practice is just as important as my physical practice. I aim to implement unity, respect, equality, understanding, compassion, patience, empathy and love for all beings (to list a few) in my day-to-day actions. Whether it be living a vegan lifestyle, supporting a friend in need, or helping a stranger, I’ve found that there is a positive correlation between how I react to the world and how it reacts to me. Regardless of what kind of day I’m having, I’m always in control of my own smile!

The world ends tomorrow. What would you indulge in tonight?

I would indulge in my closest friends and family. If I could spend the last minutes with all of them, laughing, crying, sitting in silence…I’d be a happy man.

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

Seeing as how I just completed my 200 hour TTC, I’ve only taught one class, but man was it amazing! My students told me the class was both inspirational and incredible (brought tears to my eyes) partly due to my confidence, but also because I’m living proof that you don’t have to be naturally flexible to enjoy yoga. I’ll never forget the feeling of weightlessness I carried afterwards! I’m hooked and can’t wait to dig deeper into my teachings.

What is your favorite food?

Favorite food has to be a hearty, green smoothie!

Imagine you’re on the cover of Yoga Journal. What pose would you strike?

I’d pose in downward dog with the camera shooting between my legs and capturing my big, goofy smile. I’ve found that people get so wrapped up in treating yoga as a competition that they often forget to laugh and have fun during their practice! Hopefully this picture would embody my work hard, play hard attitude.

What inspires you to teach yoga?

I have many inspirations for teaching yoga, but the feeling of making a positive impact on people’s lives is more than enough for me. If I can help others tweak their daily routines to incorporate more awareness towards their health, their self, and eventually the world, I will have a lived a life fulfilled!

If you could teach yoga anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I would teach yoga in Byron Bay, Australia. It’s where I was first introduced to the practice, and I can see why so many teachers flock to this beachside paradise. With the ocean and forest only separated by a small town filled with tasty vegan eateries, it honestly is the perfect place to teach.

What has been your most embarrassing yoga moment as a teacher or practitioner?

Probably farting in class hahaha. Those abdominal twists really get my stomach churning and there have been a few times where I just can’t hold it in! Luckily, it makes everyone laugh, so no one (hopefully) is harmed in the process.

What would you say to someone who is on the fence about practicing yoga?

Give it a shot! I used to be in your shoes! I used to think yoga was for wimps until some friends convinced me to go to a bikram class. With a lifetime of knee problems and inflexibility, I quickly realized that I had A LOT of work to do on my body and that this could be a lifelong long practice. I also had never felt so good after “exercise” despite playing sports, lifting, surfing and hiking my whole life. You never know, it just might change your life like it did mine!!

What music are you jamming to right now?

Odesza, Andrew Bird, and Tycho to name a few!

What has been the most rewarding thing about being a teaching yoga?

The biggest reward for me has been receiving feedback that I inspire my students and friends to try something they might not be comfortable with. It’s my dream to help people realize their full potential and teaching yoga is a perfect outlet to make that happen!

Where else can we find you?

Find me on Instagram @travelmanpat

Anything else you would like to add?

The main message I want to get across is that it’s never too late to start something you might be interested in, and don’t get discouraged if you’re not perfect from the start. Everyone was a beginner at some point of their life, but if you quit before you give it a go, you’ll never know where the adventure might have taken you!


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