25 YEARS OF PRACTICE & CONSTANT STUDY
My name is Patricia Videgain, I was born and raised in Santiago, Chile, and have lived in Copenhagen, Denmark, before settling in New Jersey, USA. I’m a E-RYT 500+ Yoga Instructor and a provider of Continuing Education Credits with Yoga Alliance. I have been practicing yoga since 1995 and teaching since 2002. I have been teaching Experiential Anatomy since 2010, and guiding Somatic Meditation group classes since 2017.
Before all that I practiced Basque dances as a little girl and later dabbled in Flamenco dance. In 2007 I took the fifth kiu test in Aikido practice. At a crossroad between yoga and Aikido, I made the decision to focus on learning Iyengar Yoga. I continue doing that.
I had the good fortune to take Authentic Movement lessons from a teacher passing by Madison. I’m so grateful to her. It was my initiation to the somatic intelligence of my body. Thanks to Authentic Movement I experienced that whole year without painful menstrual cramps.
In 2006 I graduated from Theresa Rowland’s 600-hr teacher training and in 2016 I became certified in the Iyengar Yoga Tradition. I continue exploring, studying and teaching.
EMBODIED ANATOMY, DEVELOPMENTAL MOVEMENT & MEDITATION
Passionate about anatomy studies, I completed the Advanced Studies in Yoga Anatomy under Leslie Kaminoff at the Breathing Project and Embodied Anatomy and Kinesiology with Amy Matthews. I certified in Embodied Anatomy and Developmental Movement and Yoga with the School for Body Mind Centering. I continue studying anatomy because the field keeps updating itself and I have a thirst for knowing.
I have been meditating since my teenage years and have been fortunate to study with teachers from different traditions. In 2021 I finished Mindful Self-Compassion Training with the Greater Good Science Center.
CREATING A COMMUNITY
My Pelvic Class Series
Inspired by the body of work from Geeta Iyengar, senior Iyengar Yoga teachers, and with the kind support of the late Theresa Rowland and Studio Yoga Madison, in 2019 I started the Women Class Series, a space for women to learn about the richness, diversity and creative practices that Iyengar Yoga offers to women in all stages of their lives. I enjoy creating a space to share the joy of learning in movement and quietude. I dedicated 2020 to study the pelvic space, and since then these series are called Pelvic Floor & Pelvic Awareness Class Series, where all genders are welcome.
WORDS OF GRATITUDE
My teachers & mentors
I’m very inspired and grateful by the work of Leslie Howard, Rebecca Weisman and Meagen Satinski. I am grateful to the anatomy lessons from Thomas Myers, Eric Franklin, and Anna Crowle, Ph.D. I have enjoyed watching the movement interpretation that Karin Gurtner offers with her Slings Myofascial Training. I am very grateful for the opportunity to learn from people that is so dedicated and true to their work.
Thank you to Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen and her online presence this year, her generous scholarship “Pay from the Heart”. Thank you to David Zemach-Bersin and his generous and joyous Feldenkrais wisdom.
Thank you to Abhijata Iyengar and Prashant Iyengar for their online presence too. I have not been able to go to India, this year I have experienced your teachings and knowledge. Thank you so much, Namaste to you and the bountiful Iyengar Tradition.
I am so grateful for taking the Yoga for Scoliosis Teacher Training, part 1 of 2 with Deborah Wolk. She is, in my mind, the most knowledgeable and loving teacher of yoga for scoliosis, right in the heart of New York. Thank you Deborah for your Sattvik and generous instruction.
It goes without saying that my primary form of study is Iyengar Yoga. I miss taking class with James Murphy from the Iyengar Institute of New York, and Arun H.S. from Bangalore. I am very grateful to my mentor Amy Hamilton, for without her encouragement and her guidance, I would not have accomplished my Iyengar Certification. I'm grateful for the recent classes with Bobby Clennell and Laurie Blakeney. I look forward to continue my training as a teacher with Matt Dreyfus. My teacher Theresa is no longer with us, however I studied with her for a really long time. She’s always with me.