THE PEAR TREE - Since ancient times, even before the written word, the wild Pear tree has been honored as a sacred tree which symbolises prosperity, good health and future happiness. In many cultures spanning thousands of years, we can find references to the fruit of the Pear tree as a symbol of divine sustenance, abundance and longevity. ~ ThePresentTree.com
Perry Chattler was introduced to yoga in 2003 when his sister invited him to attend a yoga retreat in Maui. He heard "Maui" and said "yes" having no idea what he was getting himself into with this thing called "yoga". His practice began with the Ashtanga Primary Series, followed by an Iyengar-based alignment practice with renowned Bay Area, yoga teachers. In 2011, after deciding to deepen his practice, and with inspiration from Baxter Bell, he completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training at Piedmont Yoga Studio in Oakland, California.
After a long career running a small, high tech business, in 2014 he retired in order to devote his time to practicing and sharing yoga with others. He began teaching introduction to yoga workshops for men, subtitled "The Myth of Flexibility". In 2014, he completed the 15-hour Mindful Resilience Training (MRT) sponsored by Veterans Yoga Project, and continues to devote much of his time serving veterans. His interest and curiosity in anatomy, the nervous system, the immune system, and the mind, led him to complete an additional 2-year, 800-hour yoga therapy training at Niroga Institute in Oakland, California, becoming a certified yoga therapist in 2017.
His primary teachers include Richard Rosen, Baxter Bell, Patricia Sullivan, Mary Paffard, and Vicki Bell, among others. Perry currently teaches weekly Hatha yoga classes, Yoga for Veterans on behalf of Veterans Yoga Project, and Yoga for Seniors. He has experience teaching yoga for post traumatic stress, yoga for back health, yoga for Parkinson’s, and yoga for cancer treatment and recovery. He is the Northern California Regional Director and is on the Board of Directors of Veterans Yoga Project. Perry is a 500-hour Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher (RYT) and a yoga therapist certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT). Perry enjoys teaching beginners, welcoming more men to the practice, and people of all abilities in the belief that yoga has something to offer to every body.