Teacher Feature – Sue Henshall


Sue is a steady fixture at the studio, and gets to know everyone by name.  If she isn’t teaching one of her regular classes or filling in as a sub, you will often find her on the mat attending any of the other classes.  As our studio manager, Sue makes a point to practice at the studio and get to know each and every student.  She is also constantly developing as a teacher and is always game for a good yoga conversation.  If you’ve not had the pleasure of taking class with Sue, do be sure to catch her on Mondays at noon for Fundamentals, or Wednesdays at 5:45pm for Vinyasa.  Truly a spark plug in our community, we are so lucky to have her!

Now, more about Sue:

1. What made you try yoga for the first time?
When I found myself sidelined from my exercise outlet of running in 2000 and going a little stir crazy, I ventured into a small local hot studio in New Jersey and sweated through my first class in child’s pose interspersed with a few down dogs. Erin Moore, my teacher compassionately challenged me to go beyond my comfort zone and something clicked for me. Yoga has been my go to ever since.

2. What’s your favorite book and why?
I was asked this same question when I interviewed for a Middle School teaching job in WA years ago and still come up with the same title, Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach. Jonathan is an insightful, yogic seagull who relates, “Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding. Find out what you already know and you will see the way to fly.” It is a book filled with wisdom and thought provoking insight that inspire me every time I read it. 

3. What inspires you?
My family and friends inspire me to be the best I can be. 

4. What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?
Dark chocolate hands down. No day should go by without a handful or two of dark chocolate. 

5. How do you stay balanced?
Hanging out with my family and friends, hiking in the woods and the mountains, kayaking, digging in the soil at Milkweed Farm and my planter boxes, reading, and practicing yoga every day. 

6. Best trip you’ve ever taken?
My most recent trip to Italy to visit my son who was teaching at an Italian high school in Mantua was phenomenal. We ate such terrific food and wine and met so many wonderful people. Can’t wait to go back and experience more of Italy. 

7. The best thing about living in Maine is . . . . ?
Living in Maine is a long time dream come true for my husband and me. We have always been drawn to Maine for all of the outdoor activities that are truly right outside the door here. 

8. What do you love about Freeport Yoga Company?
The people – my fellow teachers and mentor Terry and all of the learning opportunities through classes and workshops and those spur of the moment conversations with fellow yogis.

Comments are closed.