Featch-a Teach-a: Lauren Messinger

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

I'm originally from Danvers, MA, which is about 20 miles north of Boston. I have bopped all around the city, but my husband and I finally landed in Jamaica Plain five years ago. I wouldn't want to live anyplace else in Boston!

What was your first yoga class like?
It was a hot mess! I had taken some yoga here and there, but what I consider my first "real" yoga class was on January 22, 2007 with one of my favorite teachers, Jacqui Bonwell. It was the morning after my first "real" date with my then-friend, now-husband and it was also my little sister's 2nd birthday. It was truly the perfect storm of three of my greatest loves!

What’s your favorite pose to teach?
I love to teach and assist extended pigeon (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana). I adore this pose as a practitioner and I think it is so beneficial to every body...whether you melt all the way to your belly or practice it on your back. I Iove when my prenatal mamas set themselves up with a bolster under their hips. You can see the instant relaxation in their bodies! There's always a way to make it work for you!

As a practitioner, what pose makes you cringe?
Warrior 3. (Virabhadrasana). Enough said.

Where can we find you when you’re off your mat?
You can find me running all around JP with my two year old daughter, Penelope, commuting around town on my sweet pink bike, talking safe skin care with Beautycounter, or trekking to the North Shore to soak up the sunshine in Gloucester on Good Harbor Beach. Life is good!

What’s your favorite or the most random song on your class playlist right now?
I'm currently obsessed with a song called Shamanic Dream by Anugama. It's the perfect song for a deep, luxurious savasana!