Feach-a Teach-a: Gerry Samson

gerryWhere are you from and how long have you been in Boston?
I'm originally from Concord, New Hampshire. Concord was the only place I lived until I moved away for college. After I graduated, I wanted to pursue a job and degree in social work, which Boston has a great environment for. I was fortunate to make that happen and have been in the area for the last four years. 

What was your first yoga class like?
My first yoga class was while I was training with my crew (rowing) team. Winter training gets monotonous so we had an alternate workout with a student who MIGHT have been a yoga teacher though I'm not sure. It was one of the most painful things I'd ever done and hated it from start to finish. 

What’s your favorite pose to teach?
One of my favorite poses to share is bound side angle (Baddha Utthita Parsvakonasana), as well as bird of paradise (Svarga Dvijasana); I teach them together. Bird of paradise was the first complicated pose (for me) that I felt like I was truly able to do after a bit of practice and persistence. 

As a practitioner, what pose makes you cringe?
Tree pose (Vrksasana). I hate tree with all my might. My tree looks no different than when I first started my practice and I only do the pose when I'm taking class; I try and fake a smile usually. 

Where can we find you when you’re off your mat?
Yoga helped me discover an interest in bodywork so much of my time is devoted to Massage Therapy school right now.

What’s your favorite or the most random song on your class playlist right now?
Cirrus by Bonobo




Face Behind the Desk: Gabby Jockers

gabby_copyWhat do you do when not the friendly face behind the desk?
Besides doing yoga at CCY? Probably thinking about or planning my next travels, I have serious wanderlust and love to explore the world we live in.

Where are you from and what brought you to Boston?
I grew up in sunny Florida and moved to Boston for college. Yes, I moved up to this snowy place on purpose. I love having 4 seasons and in Florida you don't get anything close to the gorgeous Fall we have up here.

Fun fact about you?
I'm working on a yoga-themed, body positive coloring book with my sister, an artist. I'm not actually an artist but I really like to draw people!

Latest Yoga breakthrough?
The latest stride I've made in my yoga practice is being able to accept when I need to rest or modify instead of pushing myself to do everything in a fast or challenging vinyasa class. Doing everything is fun and rewarding, but recovering quickly from injury is even better. I have the rest of my life to do fun yoga stuff. That was a big mental shift for me.


Insiders tip?
Keep an eye on the workshops that come to the studio, some of them are really incredible! The Restful & Reiki workshop happens nearly every month and every time it ends I wish it could continue for another 2 hours. I'm also a huge fan of Matt Giordano, who will be back this summer, and Lara Heimann, who I'm crossing my fingers will be back for the third year in a row.


What has been the most rewarding aspect of being behind the desk?
Being part of the wonderful CCY community and meeting wonderful people in other work studies, teachers, and students.