Feach-a Teach-a: Elyssa Schneider

What was your first yoga class like?

Ha! It was in high school gym class, and I hated it! All I remember is our gym teacher placing her hand in front of our bellies to tell us that we were breathing wrong! I tried again in college and fell in love - the practice helped rescue me from the perils of life as a Type A, exercise-obsessed college student. My personal practice has morphed tremendously over the years but it has stayed with me ever since!elyssa schneidar

What’s your favorite pose to teach?

I love the first moments of collective breathing on the mat, and the shift of energy that happens in that moment. Lately, I love teaching an extended Goddess pose, which really forces connection with the breath in a moment of physical exertion - something useful for all of us, but especially for my prenatal students!!! And the holding makes the subsequent movements that much more delicious!

As a practitioner, what pose makes you cringe?

As a former gymnast, I used to love wheel/dhanurasana, but have barely been able to do it since my second baby was born over a year ago - my whole body hurts when I attempt it, but I miss the extreme opening it can bring!

Where can we find you when you’re off your mat?

Teaching sixth grade Spanish, though mostly hanging with my 2 boys - Jayden is 3 "and 3/4," and Barrett is 14 months.

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

I've been on an instrumental kick for awhile now, and am a big fan of Garth Stevenson