Featch-a Teach-a: Tiffany O-Connell

paschimottanasa_copyWhere are you from and how long have you been in Boston?
I’m somewhat local. I grew up in Franklin (a suburb about 45 miles southwest of Boston.) I left home not long after high school, so I guess this means I’ve been in Boston for over <gulp> 20 years now.

What was your first yoga class like?
It was at a gym, where I eventually ended up teaching my first yoga class. The space was huge, dark and cold and you could hear the music and machines from the gym floor more than the instructor and her music. Still, I absolutely loved it. I knew I finally found something that would still my crazy mind while challenging me physically.

What’s your favorite pose to teach?
This is a toughie to pick only one, but probably revolved half moon (Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana). There’s so much to instruct. I love twisting poses and then you add in the element of balance, core-strength and glute/hamstring strengthening – so good!

As a practitioner, what pose makes you cringe?
Like above, I have a few in mind, but I’ll go with one-legged crow (Eka Pada Bakasana). I can tell when a teacher is sequencing for it too and it frustrates the #@*! out of me because no matter how hard I try I just can’t do it.

Where can we find you when you’re off your mat?
Typically I’m walking, snuggling or playing with my dogs. I also volunteer and foster with a French Bulldog Rescue so I’m often doing something for them.

What’s your favorite or the most random song on your class playlist right now?
It changes quite often, but right now “Ode” by Nils Frahm – It’s so simple and pure. I love the way the room feels in the space between the notes.