For those of you that have tried many of our Symmetry instructors, you know we have an amazing team with a variety of styles and strengths. Over the next several months we will be highlighting each of our teachers so that you have a better sense of who they are, where they came from, and the foundation and philosophy that guides their unique delivery. We’ve given them a list of questions, and had them choose the ones to answer which best capture their teacher essence. We’ve also had one of their fellow yoga colleagues attend their class to provide some teacher to teacher specific insights.
We are proud to start off this series highlighting one of our newest team members, Meghan Sciascia. We were lucky enough to scoop her up right when she relocated from sunny San Diego. Here’s what Meghan had to share:
Q) Why do you teach yoga?
A) I teach yoga because it is a true source of joy to share it with others! Yoga is so fascinating too—there is so much to study and experience and appreciate.
Q) What makes your style of teaching yoga unique?
A) I do my very best to foster an environment of accessibility. To me, this means offering pose names in English and Sanskrit, keeping things light and humorous in challenging postures, and acknowledging each student with encouragement and friendliness. If you’ve taken my class you know I offer plenty of yoga puns! Life can be tough—we needn’t be clenching our teeth in yoga. We can find a nice balance together, even in a very challenging class. There is space for joy too.
Q) Who are your teachers?
A) I’m deeply inspired by one of my longtime teachers in San Diego, Courtney Yezzi. She is continually a student of yoga, reading and practicing and evolving. She’s also an amazing asana teacher. She has a deep knowledge of the human body and a great sense of humor!
Q) Where did your teaching journey begin?
A) I completed my yoga teacher training in 2012, and was lucky enough to simultaneously teach and manage a yoga studio in San Diego for several years. Over the years my “day job” has changed (most recently I was licensed as an Esthetician) but I’ve always kept space to continue teaching yoga. It’s very important to me.
Q) How did you find yourself teaching at Symmetry?
A) From the moment I walked in, I was moved by the beauty and cleanliness of the practice space. I took a wonderful class with Valerie, and I knew I wanted to be a part of the community!
Q) Favorite quote?
A) Ooh. Definitely “Let go or be dragged”.
Q) Do you have a Spotify Yoga Playlist that captures your vibe?
A) My playlists have a lot of variety! Some Earth Wind and Fire, some instrumentals, some singing bowls and chanting. I guess that captures my essence pretty well, some hip shakin and some meditatin’
Q) Do you have a favorite student testimonial?
A) Ms. Cynthia, (a student in her 80s with a strong and regular yoga practice) left me a handwritten note after class one day. It said “Who you are matters. And who you are is healing energy”. I still have the note and thinking of her always makes me smile!
We had Valerie Tao Marco attend one of her classes to provide some teacher to teacher insights and here’s what she had to say:
- She created space for everyone to arrive through humor. She is a yoga comedian! She actually had me laugh out loud with her yoga puns. I LOVED the way she dropped a joke to distract the class during a challenging long hold in double pigeon. First time I ever experienced an actual joke being dropped in a yoga class.
- She had a beautifully poetic and vibrant way of speaking which opened up new ways of experiencing the subtle body in postures and finding proper alignment. Taking notes!
- Dropped some deep yogic philosophy in a non-preachy/easy to understand way kinda lingered and slowly digested over the course of the class.
- Super creative and well thought out use of props.
- Her playlist was on fire, TLC’s Waterfalls comes to mind
- Her whole vibe is welcoming, warm, and knowledgeable. You kinda want to give her a hug for some reason and want to touch her amazing curly hair. You feel like she wouldn’t be mad at you if you actually went for it.
Catch Meghan every Thursday for Hatha Flow at 9AM and Warm Flow at 5pm!