FEACH-A TEACH-A: AMANDA NURSE

Where are you from and how long have you been in Boston?Amanda-Nurse-PNG
I am a Portland, Maine native, but moved to Boston after college 8 years ago and have been here ever since! 

What was your first yoga class like?
My first yoga experience was a Bikram class. I was taking class for "a workout" and wasn't familiar with any of the other important benefits of yoga. I left feeling so calm, yet strong and clear-headed, it made me want to keep coming back for more. I eventually found other forms of yoga that I enjoyed even more, and that complemented my running - such as a gentle vinyasa flow, restorative and yin yoga.

What’s your favorite pose to teach? 
Many of my students are new to yoga - and thus, yoga poses, which I love! I've been enjoying teaching Sun Salutation A's and slowly working up to a chaturanga in it. I find that once new practitioners have this strong base and know the flow, they feel more confident and can build on their practice!

As a practitioner, what pose makes you cringe?
I am a runner, and I teach Yoga for Athletes, and as runners and athletes, we tend to be less flexible, specifically in the hips and hamstrings. This makes me cringe at intense poses like Frog Pose and Hand to Big Toe Pose! My solution, both for myself and as a teacher to athletes: lots and lots of props! 

Where can we find you when you’re off your mat?
Leading running classes at Heartbreak Hill Running Company's treadmill studio, out along the Charles River Esplanade on my own run, or at Wellness in Motion Boston, my husband's sport chiropractic office downtown! 

What’s your favorite or the most random song on your class playlist right now?
Love Will Find A Way by Michael Franti & Spearhead. I love anything and everything by him and just saw him play Tuesday night in Portland! 

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