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Patti Helsten Petrella has 33 years experience as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor.  
She has been a student of yoga since for many years and has been teaching yoga since 2002.

Patti owned  the fitness center, Body Spirit Fitness, in Gahanna Ohio  from 2002-2005
where she taught yoga, as well as other group fitness classes.  She has over a thousand hours
experience in teaching yoga., over 500 of which has been teaching yoga to cancer survivors and
their families.

Her Certifications include: Yoga RYT 200, Pilates, ACE-Personal Training and Fitness Assessment.  
She has a BA from The Ohio State University (Summa Cum Laude). She is also a certified Reiki
practitioner.  Her teaching has been enriched through special training on how yoga can be used to
restore cancer patients, a group she works with through The Wellness Community.

Patti has constantly immersed herself in yoga teachings and has been lucky enough to have
trained recently with well-know teacher, Laurel Hodory ,  M.S., E-RYT 500, in Hatha, Ashtanga and
Anusara Yoga and has received her RYT 200 certification through the Yoga Alliance.  She is
currently studying with Laurel for her RYT 500 certification.

Patti is a strong believer in focusing on positive energy and projecting this energy in the healing
process.  Her intention is to create a nurturing and safe environment in each class, not to force
anyone into a mold but to help each student explore how yoga might heal or inspire them.

Susan Michael Barrett, one of her students said this about her; “Patti helped me heal my life.  Her  
classes showed me how I could move beyond my grief into joy again. She is the most
compassionate person I know.”

Yoga has been the foundation for Patti's own personal spiritual practice believing that yoga can
help us all achieve peace, happiness and physical well-being, and  through this path we can
experience ananda (bliss).

“I teach Yoga with focus, by way of the  body, spirit and breath, encouraging each student  to find
their own uniqueness, through a sense of lightheartedness and awareness.”

She presently teaches Yoga for cancer patients and survivors through  Beyond Healing (non-
profit), as well as Yoga, Personal Training, Meditation and Weight Loss for private and corporate

For more information on private yoga classes with Patti or personal training and weight loss,
call 614-406-8941 or email her at