Patti Montella is a spiritual teacher, inner transformation coach, and speaker who’s dedicated herself to making the world a happier, healthier place for over 25 years. But her path hasn’t been a straightforward one: before she became a spiritual pioneer, she was a busy professional working in a corporate environment, living a life that looks very different from the one she leads now.
Patti began her personal spiritual journey after the passing of a dear friend, which also coincided with the end of her marriage. Looking for a deeper experience of life and a way to heal, she found herself in the company of spiritual master Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living foundation.
Through Sri Sri’s teachings, which include breathwork, meditation, and traditional wisdom, Patti found a new way of being: a state far more peaceful, more communal, and more naturally, easily happy than she ever thought possible. She’s dedicated herself to spreading this knowledge ever since, quitting her corporate job to share what she’s learned and help others find a new equilibrium. This became her passion and purpose in life, and she’s traveled across the world to teach the Happiness Program, Silent Retreats, and many other life-transforming workshops offered by the Art of Living.
According to Patti, the secret to happiness is largely tied to something incredibly simple: the quality of our breath. In an interview with Authority Magazine, she details the importance of breathing with intention:
“Within the breath is the secret of life. Breath is the link between our body, spirit and mind. Our breath is linked to our emotions and for every emotion, there is a particular rhythm in the breath. If we understand the rhythm of our breath, we can have a say over our mind, win over negative emotions such as fear, anxiety, greed, or jealousy, and smile more from our heart.”