Featch-ah Teach-ah: Nadine Channaoui

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1. Where are you from and how long have you been in Boston?

I grew up in the northeast corner of New York state near Montreal, Canada and Burlington, Vermont. I came to Boston about eight years ago for college (I went to Brandeis for undergrad). My love for the city is just as big today as it was when I first arrived.

 

2. What was your first yoga class like?

I took my first yoga class in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I had been in the city for about four days and was totally run down by the Spanish, public transportation, and my lack of friends. The yoga class felt so very reviving, and that particular yoga community became the backbone of my year abroad. I knew the night I took my first yoga class that I had found something that would change my life forever.

 

3. What’s your favorite pose to teach?

I’m not sure that I have a favorite pose to teach. My favorite moments as a teacher are when I get to witness students having breakthroughs on their mats, in whatever form that takes and in whatever pose that may be. I have a lot of respect for savasana, though, and I like to prioritize a good, long savasana over anything else I offer in a class.

 

4. As a practitioner, what pose makes you cringe?

It totally depends on the day. Sometimes I love pigeon, sometimes I hate it. Same goes for urdhva dhanurasana (wheel) and hanumanasana (split). Sarvangasana (shoulder stand) is probably my least favorite pose right now. I love inversions, but my experience in sarvangasana is not as liberating as it is with other inversions.

 

5. Where can we find you when you’re off your mat?

I am a cancer genetic counselor at MGH during the work week. Besides that, I love to travel, paint, and bike. I have to admit, though, I tend to spend a lot of time on my mat.

 

6. What’s your favorite or the most random song on your class playlist right now?

My favorite yoga song is "Baba Hanuman" by Heather and Benjy Wertheimer. I guess I don’t really have a top random song on my class playlists; the music I play in classes tends to be light on lyrics and hopefully has a soothing/inspiring quality (at least it does for me). 

 

Be sure to catch Nadine for Vinyasa on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., FUNdamentals on Sundays at 10:30 a.m., or Flow and Restore on Sundays at 6:00 p.m.