After Kate Miller moved to California, I wondered what I would do next! I had found this great teacher, and now she was leaving. Thankfully, Willow Street wisely transitioned her class to a talented replacement, Batya Metalitz, who had recently moved back to the DC area. Batya stepped into big shoes and held her own, with grace and wisdom. She brought a beautiful understanding of yoga, a lovely smile, and a supportive presence to our class. Some students left, which is always the case in teacher transitions, but I loved what Batya offered. I learned a great deal from Batya in the year or so that I studied with her. In Batya’s class, I did my first astavakrasana, played with handstand, and challenged myself to go deeper and explore new poses.
I am thankful to Batya for always exhibiting a quiet confidence and great sense of humor. For teaching me about Action vs. Form in such a skillful way that I now share it with my students. For weaving incredible themes from something fascinating she read in the New York Times Science section. For creating a safe space for me to explore, and for sweetly supporting me on my path.
Thank you, Batya!