Feach-a Teach-a: Shilpa Reddy

Family Photo_copy1Where are you from and how long have you been in Boston?
I was born & Raised in Bangalore, India. I first came to America when I was 18, but then moved back to South Asia and then found my way to Boston 7 years ago.

What was your first yoga class like?
My first yoga class was with my father as a young girl. I was probably 4 or 5 years old -- we went for a short run round the block and when we came back my Dad introduced me to Down Dog, a seated forward fold and instructed me to sit quietly for a couple minutes -- my first experience at meditation! I grew up learning asanas from my parents and grand-parents. and slowly transitioned to a more formal practice.

What’s your favorite pose to teach?
My absolute favorite pose to teach is child's pose (balasana) walking arms over to one side for a few breaths, and then the other. Child's pose turns the attention inward, and when you combine that with the arms over to one side the practitioner enjoys a sublime side body stretch. The cherry on top is when you breathe into the side that you are opening, filling up that lung and spreading the ribs -- try it! So simple and potent.

As a practitioner, what pose makes you cringe?
I don't have a particular pose that makes me cringe, but any shape I put myself in that halts breathing is one I avoid or modify. Blocks, walls, straps and blankets have become very dear to me.

Where can we find you when you’re off your mat?
Working at Gillette, riding my bike around the city and hurrying home to be with my husband and kids.

What’s your favorite or the most random song on your class playlist right now?
My favorite continues to be "Blessed Always" by Donna De Lory. I first heard it during savasana in a yoga class and it immediately transports me to a place of rest and quiet.

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