Teacher Spotlight : Evie Fessenden
What was your first yoga experience?
I had been interested in trying a yoga class for a while when the Marblehead Community Center first opened and offered an evening yoga class. I signed up and loved it! The yoga practice felt so good for my body and helped quiet the chatter in my mind.
What made you become a yoga teacher?
The teacher I originally took classes from asked me to sub for her and then suggested I become certified. I am very grateful to her for encouraging me and offering me the opportunity to begin on this yoga journey.
What is your favorite pose and why?
My favorite pose is downward facing dog. I like feeling the strength and opening in the shoulders, lengthening upward along the spine, and pressing down through the heels (feeling the hamstrings lengthening). For me, the posture helps to relieve tension in the neck and along the lumbar spine. Creating upper body strength is a plus!
Where do you draw inspiration from for your classes?
I usually have an alignment theme or target pose for my classes. From a collection of 30+ yoga books, I get ideas for variations/modifications of poses. But I am most informed by the bodies in class and what each person is bringing to the mat each day.
What are the most important elements of your own yoga practice?
Each day is different. Quieting the chatter in my mind is always an effort. Determining what my body needs each day and forming a practice to meet those particular needs is what I most often do.
It is not really a quote but a Sanskrit term in yoga philosophy-"ahimsa". Loosely translated- "Do no harm by thought, word or deed to yourself and to others". I try to keep this in mind every day, both on the yoga mat and off.