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Patty Ivey
Founder
Patty’s convinced that she did not find yoga – yoga found her!  An avid marathon runner and biker, Patty suddenly found herself indefinitely stalled with a knee injury that would require surgery and perhaps months of rehabilitation.
 
Upon the urging of doctors and friends, -she took her very first yoga class.  Her teacher was none other than Baron Baptiste himself!  Patty was instantly hooked on Baron’s powerful flow and his inspirational teaching.  She has been in ongoing training with him ever since.

Patty is registered at the 500 hour level of teaching. She blends her experience as a yoga teacher with years of therapeutic knowledge and intuitive wisdom as a body worker. Patty has studied with great yoga masters such as Ana Forrest, Rod Stryker among many others, but she considers Baron Baptiste to be the teacher that has had the greatest impact in her teaching and life.

These days, she can be found leading the masses of yoga warriors that flow through Down Dog Yoga, the Baptiste Affiliate studios she founded and operates in DC, Maryland and Virginia . Each year, it brings her joy to share the light by introducing thousands of yoga students to the energetic and dynamic practice that found her nearly a decade ago. It is not unusual to see her students lined up to secure a spot in her packed classes. Patty and her studios have been featured in the Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine, Washington Life, the Atlantic Monthly and several other publications and radio shows. Down Dog was honored as the Best Studio in DC within its first six months of being in business. Down Dog  has become known for its celebrity sightings, and Patty has become popular for her private yoga classes and bodywork among Hollywood  celebs when in town.

Patty regularly travels all across the U.S. offering both students and teachers opportunity to deepen their practice and tap into their personal potential through her workshops and retreats.  

Off her mat, Patty dedicates much of her free time ensuring the welfare and care of abused and abandoned animals.  Patty and the Down Dog Yoga community regularly sponsor pets in need, finding them the loving homes they deserve.
 
Patty resides in Georgetown, DC with her husband, Scott, and their small animal kingdom that includes her two cats, Lucas and Lulu, and two dogs, Coco and Elijah.
 
For more information on Patty, her classes, workshops and retreats, please visit www.downdogyoga.com

 
“Patty Ivey is both a passionate and powerful teacher! 
She emboldens strength of body and spirit within each student as she guides you toward your personal edge.  And once there, one has no other choice than to rise to the occasion, and soar!"

                                               Margaret Allen-student