Feach-A Teach-A: Raquel Marra

Where are you from and how long have you been in Boston?Raquel BW headshot
I am originally from NYC, but spent the last few years splitting my time between Ludlow, VT and Westport, Connecticut.  I have been in Boston full time since March.

What was your first yoga class like?
My first yoga class was at a gym in midtown Manhattan during my lunch hour 16 years ago.  The class time just happened to fit in my schedule that day.  Using my breath in union with my movement came naturally to me as my workouts were mostly boxing and martial arts based at that time.  I left intrigued but not in love.  My passion for yoga developed slowly over years.  It became a part of me when I found myself able to turn to my practice during a very difficult time of my life, not as a method of escape, but as an incredibly powerful way to connect to my Self.

What’s your favorite pose to teach?
Handstand.

As a practitioner, what pose makes you cringe?
Bound Parivrtta Parsvakonasana (bound revolved side angle).

Where can we find you when you’re off your mat?
In the winter I am skiing. When it’s raining, there’s no place like home with my dog. I spend an incredible amount of time on the sidelines of soccer and lacrosse games cheering on my boys.

What’s your favorite or the most random song on your class playlist right now?
I absolutely love music and my tastes change constantly. Right now I’m obsessed with moving to Concrete Buildings and Trees by Clay.