Yogi of the Month: Ellen Siever

Ellen Siever​

Retired. Before that, ​I started out as a programmer and ended up as an editor and author of computer books.

Fun fact about you?
I've recently become addicted to Instagram​.

Favorite yoga pose?
Kumbhakasana (Plank), because it's one I can actually do.

When not on your mat, where can you be found?
Wandering around Brookline and Boston looking for photos.​

How long have you been practicing and what's your latest yoga breakthrough?
I've been practicing about a year and a half. My latest breakthrough is to be able to get into pigeon pose (eka pada rajakapotasana 1 prep).​

How has yoga impacted your life?
I started doing yoga for flexibility and balance, and it's definitely helping with both. It's also made me much more conscious of my breathing and how I can use my breath to stay calmer, more relaxed and more focused.

Feach-a Teach-a: Emily Peterson

crowWhere are you from and how long have you been in Boston?
I am from Westlake Village California - I've been in Boston for going on 11 years.

What was your first yoga class like?
I started yoga at home with videotapes - I did it that way for a long time. My first class was a mess. It was hot yoga - I wasn't prepared at all. I was sweating all over the place, sliding all over the place and fell and knocked over my friend. I almost didn't go back :)

What’s your favorite pose to teach?
My favorite pose to teach is bananasana as it's arguably my favorite to do. Helps so much with my chronic back pain.

As a practitioner, what pose makes you cringe?
Sirsasana (headstand).  

Where can we find you when you’re off your mat?
If it's at all nice out, when I'm off the mat I am at Jamaica Pond. Come visit!!!

What’s your favorite or the most random song on your class playlist right now?
I don't play music in yin class.

What is sassy reiki? 
Sassy reiki is me dancing around the studio waving my arms sending everyone energy :) Basically it's me being a goofball :)

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