Teacher Feature: Phoenix Kenney

We are thrilled to be welcoming Phoenix Kenney to the FYC fold. An RYT-500 and having spent time in Nepal studying Buddhist meditation, she brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding to both the physical and philosophical side of practice. Phoenix has a keen interest in anatomy and alignment, and in her classes, each student is treated as an individual; encouraged to explore the expressions or variations that work from them. Her slow, purposeful approach to vinyasa fits perfectly with our studio culture.

Phoenix will be teaching Vinyasa every Monday, 6-7:15pm in our Yarmouth location, beginning January 8th, so be sure to give her a warm welcome, and in the meantime, get to know a little more about her here:

 

What made you try yoga for the first time?  I have always been a very active person and love spending time outdoors. However, when I spent a semester of college studying in Kathmandu, Nepal, I knew it would be tricky finding ways to exercise in a crowded and polluted city. Luckily, I found a local yoga studio only a five minute walk from my host family’s apartment. I attended class one of the first days of the semester and it quickly became a daily habit. While I first walked in for the physical benefits, I loved how I felt when I walked out – usually a bit calmer, walking a little slower, with a satisfied smile on my face.

What’s your favorite book and why? My favorite book is 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. I love the way the story hovers between realms of reality and makes the reader wonder what they aren’t seeing in their daily lives. There is a scene with a thunderstorm (not a spoiler, I promise) and as I was reading it, a storm very quickly passed through town and my heart raced, thinking I got pulled in with the story!

What inspires you? I am inspired by the potential to always do better. Even though we sometimes can’t see it, we have grown since yesterday, the day before, the day before that. I always look forward to what hard work will bring next.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure? My guilty pleasure is going to bed at 8pm.

What’s your favorite part about teaching yoga? My favorite part about teaching yoga is finding words to describe physical phenomenon — almost like trying to translate between languages. I love that even as a teacher, I still feel like a student since there is always something new to try out.

What’s your favorite yoga pose and why? My favorite yoga pose is handstand, Adha Mukha Vrksasana. Some days, it feels within my grasp and others, it is entirely elusive. It has taught me so much about non-attachment, about not defining success as a singular thing, and most importantly, about having fun.

The best thing about living in Maine is . . . . The people! Honest, good-natured, and hardy people.

What do you love about Freeport Yoga Company? I am really inspired by the Freeport Yoga Company community. I noticed in my first class at the studio that people knew each other. There was such a lack of competition and practitioners were joking around with each other so much that even Terry was laughing too. In other spaces people take themselves or their yoga practice too seriously. At Freeport Yoga Company, I get a sense that even though we are all working towards something, we can enjoy the way there.

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