September Teacher of the Month: Megan Moss Freeman
September 1, 2014
What in your own practice inspires you to teach? Simply put, practicing yoga makes me feel more comfortable in my own skin. I want others to be able to feel that as well.
Tell us about your yoga journey and how it has influenced your teaching. I took my first class in the early 90's and I was immediately drawn in. I started teaching about 15 years after that. It is important to have a regular practice, but I go through inconsistent periods too. Especially as a teacher I feel it's necessary and helpful to be honest about that. It's important to say, "You know what? I resist what's good for me too sometimes." We are all human and we all have our struggles. The most important thing is that we are honest with ourselves and others about what's going on. I went through a rough patch, emotionally, this winter and found diving into a daily practice incredibly healing. But now that I am feeling better, I feel the pull to skip a practice or let other parts of life come first. It's a constant balancing act and I absolutely need to have a sense of humor about it!
What is your favorite activity outside of yoga and how does yoga affect it? I am an artist and my medium of choice these days is photography. I love it and find it to be meditative and energizing at the same time. I constantly have new ideas and am going to start using my photographs in a sculptural way - just not sure exactly how yet. I, of course, also love spending time with my family and friends - AND photographing them :)
What makes teaching at Kaia Yoga a unique experience? Stan and Gina, both gifted teachers, have really built something special. The spectrum of classes and instructors is so incredibly varied so there really is something for everyone. Having taught for so long, they also have a lot of wonderful connections in the yoga world and have been able to bring in some master teachers to share with us, right here in CT! I've truly met some of my best friends and favorite teachers through Kaia.
What are your classes at Kaia like? I place the highest importance on practicing for yourself. I want people to feel safe to be who they are in my class - and to modify as they need to. You know, we are all in this together. Class is a safe, supportive place to explore yourself and your patterns - and a safe place to try some new things and approaches. For me, lately I've been drawn to standing poses - and their ability to help us feel strong, centered and grounded. But I really strive to find a balance of yin and yang in both my practice and teaching.