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Pat Donaher

pat webI began practicing yoga in 1996, in my last year of college. I was a saxophone performance major, and while I was good at many things on the saxophone (still am, I hope), I often sounded like a dying quail when I played. One of my mentors, Michael Cain, had started taking yoga, and thought it might help my sound, so I went. I enjoyed classes, my saxophone sound improved tremendously and I was generally more flexible, but I didn't quite "get yoga", and drifted in and out of a yoga practice through my twenties.

After grad school in Boston my practice was reignited when I found the Baptiste yoga studio and its excellent teachers, and my wonderful teacher David Vendetti. David sometimes describes his teaching as the Body Awakening; Baron Baptiste talks about personal revolution. Either set of words works. I found in yoga a new connection to and appreciation of my body and what it could do. I feel now that at 32, I'm physically in the best shape of my life.

For more information about Pat, please visit http://www.patdonaher.com/

Spirit Bear Buzz

'Come here to fall in love with Yoga (all over again, if applicable).
If you happen to be new to yoga or want to perfect you're downward dog, I highly recommend the Intro Series -- Christy and Lali taught mine and both were supportive, knowledgable and adorable in every way...'

Jillian H. via Yelp - read full review here 


'...In the the few months that I've been going, I've attended classes taught by five different instructors and they've all been amazing. Most classes are an hour and a half, but they do offer an intense hour long class on Sat mornings that they call the Hour of Power. I've seriously never sweated so much in my life as I do during these classes...'

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'This studio is one of the best around. I used to live down the road and took classes here regularly enough to become a studio assistant.  The heat and temperature at Spirit Bear is by far the best I have seen. A lot of placed in Boston I have been to don't seem to have it quite right.  Spirit Bear is also CLEAN!!! I hate going into a class where there are sweat puddles and hair from the previous class on the floor. I really like the instructors (who are educated and in tune) and the flow of the classes are great. I wish there were more studios like Spirit Bear in Boston.'

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