FEACH-A TEACH-A: JESSICA DELLA CALCE
Where are you from and how long have you been in Boston?
I grew up in Rocky Hill, CT, a small town just south of Hartford. I moved to Boston 11 years ago when I was a volunteer in Americorps. The following year I went to Boston College to get my Masters in Reading & Literacy Education and began teaching kindergarten in Cambridge.
What was your first yoga class like?
My first yoga class was in the fall of 2012 and it was magical and confusing at the same time! I loved how I felt but had no idea how my body was supposed to move through the poses. I always believe it takes trying something three times to get a feel for it and by my third class I was hooked.
What’s your favorite pose to teach?
The pose I enjoy teaching my youngest students is savasana. We are living in a fast-paced world and it is important for children to know that they have the power to slow down. Savasana gives kids permission to relax and create a sense of calm and inner peace. They begin to understand that off their mats they can return to this peaceful state too. One of my 5-year-old students recently said “I’m crying happy tears because I feel so calm.”
As a practitioner, what pose makes you cringe?
Wheel Pose! Throughout my years of practicing yoga I’ve been working to open my shoulders and learn to backbend from my upper back. I’m making progress, slowly.
Where can we find you when you’re off your mat?
You can find me at the Maria L. Baldwin School in Cambridge, encouraging students to embody the growth mindset as they learn and grow as readers and writers. You can also find me at the beach with my toes in the water, cooking and baking in my kitchen or eating something delicious at Flour Bakery and Cafe.
What’s your favorite or the most random song on your class playlist right now?
I love using music to help create the energy and tone of a class. One of my current favorites is Try Everything by Shakira from the Zootopia soundtrack. One of my all time favorites is Jubel by Klingande, it just makes people smile no matter what mood they are in!