Featch-ah Teach-ah: Johnathon Holmes


Where are you from and how long have you been in Boston?
I am originally from Rhode Island and I have been living in Boston for about 4 years now.

What was your first yoga class like?
My first yoga class was an Iyengar class at my gym - I only decided to go because my colleagues at the time thought I would like it. I had no idea what I was in for - 2 blocks, 2 blankets, a strap and 2 hours later I was in complete awe of what I had just experienced. I was sore in places I didn't know you could be sore and I couldn't wait to go back.

What’s your favorite pose to teach?
Eka Pada Galavasana (Flying Pigeon) - it's a pretty intense hip opener and an arm balance. It's one of those poses that requires equal parts strength and flexibility, so everyone can find something to work on in it. (I mean...that's kind of true of all yoga poses, right?)

As a practitioner, what pose makes you cringe?
Revolved Triangle (Parivrtta Trikonasana) ... or revolved anything really. Just the thought of this pose brings a little tear to my eye.

Where can we find you when you’re off your mat?
Most likely sipping on an iced coffee walking down Newbury Street.

What’s your favorite or the most random song on your class playlist right now?
My favorite song on my playlist right now is "Chapter Of the Forest," by Trevor Hall. SO good.

Catch Johnathon Sundays at 2 p.m. for the Community Class and Mondays at 8 p.m. for Yoga for Athletes!

Yogi of the Month: Raoul Rosenberg

Name: Raoul Rosenberg

Occupation: Emmy award-winning Editor/Documentary Filmmaker. (Frontline, Nova, PBS)

Fun Fact about you: As a teenager I sang and performed in a comedy group using a ventriloquist dummy. A couple of the musicians I played with back then are fairly well known now, "They Might be Giants."

Favorite pose: I like the intensity of turbo‚Äźdogdolphin and plank.

When not on your mat, where can you be found? When I'm not on the mat I'm in the editing studio. Editing a documentary involves weaving together countless strands of music, picture and voice. It takes a while, but you can achieve a state of flow and fun.

How long have you been practicing and what’s your latest yoga breakthrough? I've only been practicing yoga for six months! I started as a way of recovering from knee surgery. Now I feel that tearing my ACL was a gift… I cherish the countless choices within every pose, and the change in mindset after each session. It sounds so squishy, but it's been my experience that yoga squeezes out bitterness and makes room for love.

How has yoga impacted your life? Yoga has gotten me out of my head and into the present. I find that if I postpone an important email exchange until after the practice, I might enhance a connection rather than distance myself from someone. For example, a friend chided me recently for being too self-involved and not listening to her. This made me feel defensive. A little Forrest Yoga however put me in touch with the infinite malleability of experience. I felt the urge to adjust my reaction, to make my interactions more giving and less selfish. That was the magic of yoga.

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