Meet YogaMama Patty


Important events in my life that led me to Yoga.
Contact me and I’ll be glad to share more.

The following are the years in my life and the happenings:
20….I married

22….Stephen born

24….Suzanne born

32….Hypoglycemia diagnosed

36….After Hysterectomy Surgery, I awakened with daily migraines…began seeking remedies

38….Started going to exercises classes and walking

40….I divorced

41-42….Jogged daily

44….I earned my undergraduate degree at Emporia State University.

46….I received my Masters in Counseling from Emporia State University.

48-50….I taught at ESU, Health for Human Wholeness and Death and Dying. The latter became a favorite on campus.

56….I started substituting in the area Schools K-12th grades and I’ve continued doing it when I am available.

59….A friend asked me to go to my first Yoga class with her. It was Iyengar Yoga and we used props. I fell in love with Yoga!!

59….On Jan. 1, 2000 I made a New Years Resolution to do at least 1 Yoga pose everyday and it is the only New Years Resolution I have kept.

59….I weighed 162, after a Dr. Pepper addiction. This is the most I have ever weighed. I lost 10 lbs. after stopping Dr. Pepper.

60….Stephen, age 38 1/2 was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins cancer in his shoulder tumors and neck and I went to Payson, Az. to help him for “a little while” and stayed until he died 12 1/2 months later. While I was with Stephen, I attended a Vinyasa Yoga class 3 times a week and loved it. It was peaceful because her voice was on a tape with music and we did the same tape each week. After learning the poses, we shut our eyes and flowed peacefully through each pose. I loved all the stretching and becoming more and more limber and supple.

60….When I went to Az. I weighed 152 and I lost 22 lbs. while I was there. I came back to Kansas weighing 130. In Az. I walked daily, took a vigorous sitting exercise class and did Yoga 3 times a week.

61….I gave up sugar after finding fungus in my blood after eating sugar and getting a bad headache. At age 64 on 4/20/2004, I started Eating Right 4 My Blood Type and I have followed this faithfully for almost 5 years. I am blood type A and I feel better by eating this way. It took me 198 days to lose the last 10 lbs. to take me down to what I weighed when I graduated from High School….which was 118 lbs.

63….I became a Yoga Certified Instructor at the Yoga Institute in Houston, Tx. I started teaching Yoga at the Emporia Recreation Center in September, 2003. The ages range from 4 to 88 years. They are wonderful and we have “Yoga Family” that is faithful in deciding to take excellent Yoga-care of their bodies.

64….I was asked to teach at 3 Grade Schools in the After-School-Quest Program. We have fun and do the animal sounds and the children are precious!! They are a delight and have named me YogaMama, YogaGirl, YogaLady, YogaQueen, YogaAngel, and Yogamaster.

66….I was asked to teach 2 Yoga classes at Emporia State University. Each class has 40 to 50 students, and they are fabulous individuals.

63-65….I am teaching 10 Yoga classes a week and love it. If I substitute in the Public Schools on Friday, then I share Yoga with the students and they love it and so do I!!

66….I am the Director of the Ancient Yoga Institute and I certify people to become Certified Instructors of Ancient Yoga.

68….I made the Yoga DVD with the 15 Children and we had fun making the animal sounds. I also filmed the One Hour Yoga Class Session.

72….I have been practicing Yoga 15 years, and teaching for Ancient Yoga for 11 years.


My credentials:
Patty Jo Thompson
Age 75

Masters in Community Counseling
Certified by The Yoga Institute in Houston

Yoga Instructor at Emporia State University,
Emporia Recreation Center, and
Quest program at 3 Grade Schools.
Director of the Ancient Yoga Institute
Private Yoga sessions
Substituting K-12 in the Public Schools
My Ancient Yoga DVD is available
on the “Products Page.”

Suzanne, age 50

Angel collector
Bible Study
Growing Stepping-Out iris
Doing Yoga postures daily since 1-1-2000

Health and Fitness
Click to read the article from the Emporia Gazatte.