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