Teacher Feature - Colleen Palmateer

I stepped onto a yoga mat for the first time in 2005, contracted and fearful in mind and body, looking for something "more" in life. I couldn't even give the "something more" a name at that time.

As my practice grew, I learned that what I was seeking was joy. Through the inspiration and patient dedication of my teachers, as well as lots of time on my yoga mat, my body and mind became stronger and more open. I learned how to let go of what was holding me back, and completed my first Yoga Teacher Training in 2008.

Thus I began tapping into the joy of sharing yoga with others. I am passionate about helping people learn to love and care for themselves so that they can live with more balance and ease.

I started teaching at the Yoga Center in 2011, and am honored to be a part of this truly wonderful community. It is the sense of belonging here that brought healing to my life, and my heartfelt wish is to pay that forward in every way possible. In that spirit, I wear two Yoga Center hats — teacher and administrative assistant. I enjoy both immensely!

I completed my second Yoga Teacher Training in 2013. This was the beginning of stepping more fully into my own shoes, becoming more sure of what I know, and more able to touch joy. I became equally at home on a meditation cushion or a yoga mat, and these practices are what keep me connected to joy.

I'm registered with the Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT-200/RYT-500, and enjoy teaching a broad range of yoga practices.

I work at the Yoga Center desk on Thursdays and Fridays.

If you'd like to learn a little more about my yoga teaching, check out my website: www.newspirityoga.com.