Sonya Bapna Patel

Mom. Yogi. Entrepreneur. Educator. ZENworker.


“In 2010, I moved back to Cleveland from New York after completing a two year commitment teaching elementary students through Teach for America (TFA). While in TFA, I worked at Leadership Prep Charter School – Bed Stuy teaching 2nd and 3rd grade. I noticed that my students were very over stimulated and stressed whether it be from the pressures at home or other environments. And there were limited opportunities for them to refocus their energy and find some solace in their day. While teaching at the school, I would occasionally show my students basic yoga poses and breathing techniques during PE and quick transitions during the day. They enjoyed it very much and it provided them a chance to reenergize and refocus. Upon returning to Cleveland, I worked for Breakthrough Charter Schools in HR focusing on teacher recruiting and started ZENworks Yoga. Prior to TFA, I worked for the Monitor Group in management consulting and Mattel Inc. in International Strategic Planning. I graduated from NYU in 2003 with a BS in Finance and Accounting and also have a MEd from Teacher U (Hunter College). Aside from amaZEN U and ZENworks Yoga, I enjoy spending time with my energetic daughter, playful son and supportive husband and extended family.”