All of the teachers at Core Health bring their own unique outlook and set of skills to the studio. Some may teach a similar style, but no two classes are the same. This is the beauty of yoga teachers in general but few studios exemplify this diversity more than Core Health.
The months of November, December and January are devoted to helping to share this gift with the community and the current student base. We at Core Health would like to help the student get better acquainted with the teacher, and maybe encouraging everyone to broaden their horizon and take a different class than their norm.
Last week started the "Class of the Week". This is where a particular class of each respective teacher will be featured. In addition to this, we will also be focusing on a teacher feature. Each teacher was asked a series of questions. Their responses will be shared the week following their showcase class.
Our first class of the week featured Adam Hellquist's 6:00 Easy Peasy Yoga on Wednesdays. Adam always does 'First Class Free'. If you couldn't make it to his showcase class please join him next week for his Monday 5:30 class or his Wednesday 6:00 class.
This introductory post is his interview.
Q: What would you classify your yoga style as?
A: I try to incorporate pieces of lots of different styles to have a well rounded style. But for the most part my style is vinyasa-based.
Q: What is your favorite yoga pose?
A: My favorite to say is triang mukhaipada paschimottanasana my favorite to teach is trikanasana and my favorite to do is bakasana.
Q: How has yoga changed your life?
A: I don’t think it has, but it has enhanced it.
Q: What do you look for in a yoga teacher/class?
A: Usually something that can be a challenge either physically or otherwise to help me grow
Q: What is the most important lesson yoga has taught you?
A: To breathe.
Q: What do you want students to know before coming to your class?
A: Come with an open mind and no fear. Each class has something for everyone.
Q: What do you hope your students gain from attending class?
A: I like seeing students leave with a smile, feeling better than they did coming in.
Q: What is the biggest myth about yoga?
A: That you must be flexible to do yoga. Yoga helps you with flexibility.
Q: What do you appreciate about the historical and traditional aspect of yoga?
A: That seemingly thousands of years ago the study of our bodies and minds was just as understood then as it is now or even more so.
Q: How is yoga different than other physical exercise? How is it similar?
A: Any regular movement of the body has a positive impact on the mind and body. Yoga is different with its focus on breath, mindfulness, and prana. Each pose has a subtle purpose with deeper meaning.
Q: What are the yoga cliches you love? Hate?
A: I’m not sure.
Q: What is the one yoga book you think everyone should read?
A: Anything by Thich Naht Hanh
Q: What do you do for fun (outside of yoga)?
A: Running, playing guitar, coffee, and hopefully skiing
Q: How do you integrate yoga into your everyday life?
A: With trying to focus on things in the moment rather than their possible outcomes.