FEACH-A TEACH-A: LAUREN MASSALAS
Where are you from and how long have you been in Boston?
I grew up in Mattapoisett, MA, a small beach town in Buzzard's Bay. After college I lived in New Haven, CT and Encinitas, CA and moved to Boston 4 years ago.
What was your first yoga class like?
When I was 16 I bought a yoga book and taught myself how to headstand by people wearing 90s leotards. My first real class was at Balanced Yoga in New Haven with Lori Bonazzoli, who is a real spiritual gangster. It was dimly lit, warm, intense and flow-y. She made us "om," played glass singing bowls during savasana and occasionally played Mos Def and Ratatat.
What’s your favorite pose to teach?
Mindful chatturanga. This is the most used and abused repetitive motion in vinyasa, which can cause serious injury in the wrists, shoulders, and back. But when done properly, over time you can become so, so strong! Letting go of ego by dropping your knees down is truly humbling so I try to encourage that truth.
As a practitioner, what pose makes you cringe?
Still chaturanga! My teacher, Laura Ahrens, makes us hold each phase for what seems like hours. You can learn a lot about life in chaturanga.
Where can we find you when you’re off your mat?
Cooking delicious vegan food in my kitchen. Boston favorites include the esplanade, American Provisions, Jugos, the Boston Public Library, and the ICA. I also work at MGH as an RN in the cardiac ICU, and do phlebotomy for functional medicine practitioners.
What’s your favorite or the most random song on your class playlist right now?
Both favorite and random is definitely "Bubbles" by Yosi Horikawa. It starts with what sounds like a fistful of marbles tumbling down the stairs and morphs into a beautiful bass-y instrumental.