I’ve Got a Yoga/Meditation Crush on Patrick Reynolds!

Via Gwen Bell
on Feb 26, 2010
get elephant's newsletter


More than a decade ago I met wellness instructor Patrick Reynolds.

Like me, he was an undergrad at UNC-Chapel Hill. (Unlike me, he finished his undergrad in three years, instead of four). Patrick was a charming Creative Writing minor with a penchant for espresso and the Japanese language. He wrote stories and generally bumbled about.

We became fast friends, constantly finding ourselves in unlikely situations. Like in 1999, when the acorn—you read that right— dropped in Raleigh, North Carolina and for the first three minutes of 2000 we heard it was time to party like it’s 1999. (Depend on North Carolina to start the decade by living in the past).

The first meditation class I attended, Patrick taught. On campus, in a dorm. I laughed my way through it—at him. That ended in me getting excused from the class. But it also began a lifelong (fingers-crossed) friendship. In many ways, my path as a practitioner started as we drove through Wendy’s one night and he told me about the path of a Bodhisattva. (Again, I laughed. This time with Frosty in my mouth).

Patrick and I, upon graduation, moved to Japan. He had just served in the Peace Corps. I had just lived in England for a year. We kept in touch through letters. (Imagine a world before Facebook, MySpace and Twitter!) Two English degrees between us amounted to a whole lot of no good. So, it had seemed like a wise decision for us to move to Japan and teach English. Once in Japan, with a year of English teaching under our belts, we opened a yoga studio together, which just celebrated its four year anniversary.

While in Japan, we started a podcast on Zen, though we ended it recently after 135 episodes, three years running and 12 listeners. (And really, people loved it. From a review on iTunes: “Complete silence would be a vast improvement.”) We now have the studio, The Mindfulist and a whole lot of stories between us. We’re ready for what’s next.

Disclaimer: my crush on Patrick has nothing to do with sexual love. It always has been a mutual, abiding admiration. I love his ability to balance video game playing with yogic practice. He likes that I can be a digital strategist with a yoga practice. We’re a great team and I know we’ll be building together for years to come. He helps me live my best life.

Please take a moment to meet my best friend, Patrick Reynolds. Dare you not to fall in love with him too:



Check out Patrick’s “The Peak Condition Project” blog here


Click here to learn about Patrick’s studio: Yoga Garden


About Gwen Bell

Gwen Bell is the principal and founder of a downtown Boulder social web practice. Through consulting, speaking and conducting workshops, she helps her clients craft and share their stories on the web. A yoga practitioner and mindfulness advocate with a social media backbone, she's the May cover girl for Experience Life Magazine. She writes at Elephant Journal on topics closest to her heart. Two of her most popular posts on the site to date are Yoga = Social Media? and Earth Hour is a Joke.


13 Responses to “I’ve Got a Yoga/Meditation Crush on Patrick Reynolds!”

  1. What a wonderful warm and affectionate article.

    Loved the video, too. Thanks,

    Bob Weisenberg

  2. Jes says:

    Awesome video!
    Nice to see friends supporting and loving each other so much. 🙂

  3. Karen says:

    Oh my god I love patrick. I completely thought you two dated!

  4. That video at the bottom of the post made me fall in love…that yellow outfit taught me that love was fleeting!

    That is one bad uni-suit! Can't wait for the new podcast!


  5. That video at the bottom of the post made me fall in love…that yellow outfit taught me that love was fleeting!

    That is one bad uni-suit! Can't wait for the new podcast!


  6. gwenbell says:

    Spread it far & wide, Bob. I think the video is great for beginners & advanced practitioners alike. If for no other reason than to spend a few moments in someone else's headspace. – G

  7. gwenbell says:

    No kidding – sent him a Reminder: Be Earthquake Prepared email this afternoon. He's a really good guy; I'm lucky to call him a friend.

  8. gwenbell says:

    Glad you love him, too, Karen! We have quite a past (& future) together.

  9. gwenbell says:

    He's Bruce Lee, John. In the flesh.

  10. Sandra says:

    Zen Game of Death – or Kill Bill 4 – love it!
    love the video too, can we clone him?

  11. Nikki M. says:

    I don't know about "crush" but I wouldn't mind having coffee and seeing where things go. 😉

  12. gwenbell says:

    Bwahahaha! Wow. One of the funniest one line comments I've read in months.

  13. Audrey says:

    TY for linking us to Patrick. His videos are clear and funny and a complete delight!