PAULA GILLIAN

Paula Gilligan

Hampstead Studio Co-Owner, CYT 500, Certified Yin Yoga Instructor

This yoga journey has been quite an amazing ride for me. I started taking classes in 2006 because it was a good “workout.” I did not know what was in store for me. Yoga has woven its way into all aspects of my life, and I don’t know what I would do without it. Although the physical piece is what lured me into the hot room, it is the spiritual, mind, body connection that keeps me there. Since 2006 life has been a crazy roller coaster for me, as it is for everyone. The great thing about yoga is it gives you the tools to make it through those ups and downs a little more gracefully. Every time you practice you learn something about yourself that you take with you and use out in the world, in your life. Yoga guru BKS Iyengar said, “Yoga uses the body as a tool to touch the soul.” This, to me, is the bottom line of yoga. This is what drives me, what motivates me to teach.

Not only has yoga helped me to learn more about myself, it has helped me to connect to so many amazing souls through the years. From my 200 hour (OM Yoga, Cyndi Lee) in 2009, to my 500 hour with John and Chris Yax (Yax Yoga Concepts) in 2012, to all the various trainings in between, I have met wonderful, inspiring people. Now, with the assistance of my dear friend, Virginia Gallgher, it continues here in Hampstead, NH. I am so grateful that my path has lead me here, and I look forward to what is to come!