A book That Inspired You – Sophia Pallaro
Lisa: Hi Sophia, is there a certain book that comes to mind that has inspired or motivated you to become a better teacher?
Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times by Judith Hanson Lasater. This book was the first resource fully dedicated to restorative yoga. Published in 1995, it remains a cornerstone for developing a balanced and round practice. It offers detailed explanations of the poses as well as nice sequences aimed at helping with a variety of conditions and circumstances. It gives great guidance on how to use props in assisting your poses.
Sophia is an experienced yoga and meditation teacher and has been practicing meditation since her teenage years and yoga for over a decade. She has explored a variety of meditation traditions and in recent years has been consistently working with Mindfulness.
She has completed many meditation retreats in Ireland and abroad and has attended training and intensives with Donna Farhi, Michael Stone and James Higgins. She has recently trained in Yin yoga with Josh Summers.
Her teaching style places great emphasis on integrating mindfulness and self-compassion within the practice.Cultivating presence, awareness and kindness are paramount in both her practice and teaching. Over the years she has developed a great deal of experience teaching restorative and mindful movement and meditation, bringing these practices to hundreds of students in an easy and direct way.
Sophia has been teaching restorative and mindful practice for The elbowroom Foundation Yoga Teacher Training for the last four years.