Featch-ah Teach-ah: Stephen Kirsch

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Where are you from and how long have you been in Boston?
I'm originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, and spent a long time living in Philly. I moved to Boston from NYC about two and a half years ago.


 
What was your first yoga class like?
A good friend of mine in Philly had recently quit the restaurant where we had both been working to teach yoga full time, and invited me to take a class she was teaching out of her apartment. The peak pose of the class was Hanumanasana, which was quite a stretch for a first time yogi! However I never forgot the sense of peace and inner connection I felt as I left her class.

 
What’s your favorite pose to teach?
I love teaching Parivrtta Trikonasana. The IT band stretch is a doozy, but it requires balance, strength and stability as well as openness…I love how all those things come together in this pose.



As a practitioner, what pose makes you cringe?
Navasana! I have such a hard time with this pose.


Where can we find you when you’re off your mat?
Walking my dogs Sawyer and Finnegan or reading a book with a cup of coffee.

 
What’s your favorite or the most random song on your class playlist right now?
"Nocturne" by SubtractiveLAD. This song is so beautiful and calming, and I often play it near the end of class or during Savasana.

Yogi of the Month: Jennifer Sullivan

Name: Jenn SullivanJenn_Sullivan_copy


Occupation: Restaurant Assistant General Manager

Fun fact about you: I've been sky diving... I almost chickened out, but I went through with it and can't wait to go again!

Favorite yoga pose: I have 2 favorites: pigeon (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana), which I find extremely restful and relaxing; and crow (Bakasana), because I still find it incredibly challenging.

When not on your mat, where can you be found? Hanging out with family, catching up with friends, relaxing at home with tv or a book.

How long have you been practicing and what's your latest yoga breakthrough? I have been practicing for almost a year and a half. I would say my breakthrough, and what I'm continuing to work on, is the headstand (Sirsasana). When I first started practicing, it was something I never thought I would even come close to doing. Every time I'm able to get upside down is a personal victory!

How has yoga impacted your life? I think I'm a lot more calm that I used to be. Yoga has been a great stress reliever for me, and has made me feel a lot stronger both physically and mentally.