Teacher Spotlight: Andrew Squier
My freshman year of college I signed up for a fitness class called "Yoga for Athletes." Having certain preconceived notions of what yoga was, I arrived in cargo shorts ready to stretch and be all peaceful. I was soon sweating and wishing I had worn my running shorts.
What was your first yoga experience?
What made you become a yoga teacher?
Before I went through my teacher training, I was working as a movement director as well as an actor in theater, teaching other actors how to move their bodies with precision and expression. Combining my ability to teach with my passion for yoga felt like a natural next step.
What is your favorite pose and why?
Currently my favorite pose to do at home is Viparita Karani, or legs up the wall pose. A shoulder injury kept me from most weight bearing on my arms, so many inversions were inaccessible until recently. This supported posture has all the benefits of postures like shoulder stand or headstand, without the effort of balancing with your arms.
Where do you draw inspiration from for your classes?
The origin of my inspiration is always different, but if a student asks me a question that I do not know the answer to, I will then research that question and it will most likely become the inspiration for a class. I might also be struggling with something in my practice, so I design a class around it so my students can enjoy the struggle too.
What is something you enjoy outside of Yoga?
Climbing; I enjoy the problem solving aspect of bouldering, and the fact that you can set your own level of effort and difficulty, climbing back down when you've had enough. Plus it's a great counterpart to yoga, incorporating strength, flexibility, balance, breath and mental fortitude.
Practice with Andrew
Andrew teaches Heated Vinyasa every Wednesday from 4:45-5:45 pm. Read Andrew’s full bio here.