Louise Friedman

A veteran foreign language teacher and yoga instructor, Louise brings her entertaining teaching style from 19 years of experience in the classroom to the yoga mat. Louise has studied, practiced and learned from renowned masters in the yoga community such as Tim Miller, David Swenson, Tao Porchon-Lynch, Sharon Gannon, David Life and Bryan Kest. Her style of vinyasa flow with an emphasis on breathing and movement fosters a safe and supportive environment; helping students feel confident while addressing their needs and exploring their edge.

Getting to know Louise…

1. Why did you start practicing yoga?

Fitness and well being have always been an integral part of my life. When I was a teen, I had tried a few yoga classes at Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires and I wasn’t that into it at that time. Then about 6 years ago a very dear friend of mine was taking a yoga teacher training and asked me if I would be willing to help her practice teaching. I would be her “student.” So I agreed because I was into trying anything. I was hooked from that moment. I loved the way I felt physically and mentally after practicing yoga. It was the only physical activity I have done that not only released so much from my body but also my mind. Yoga became a big part of my life just at the right time when I needed it the most.

2. How would you describe your style of teaching?

My style of teaching is primarily Vinyasa Flow. What I enjoy so much about practicing yoga is that you never know what is going to come next. No 2 classes are ever the same and that is how I like to teach as well. I literally “go with the flow” when I am teaching. I get a vibe from my students and take it from there. Often times the energy in the room dictates the flow of poses while I am teaching. I also incorporate a theme (love, peace, relationships, balance etc.) into my class and use the music and quotes to create a particular mood.

3. Who or what inspires you?

I get a lot of inspiration in my teaching from attending other people’s classes. I am always looking for new sequences and modifications that I incorporate into my style of teaching. Also, people that can really let things go inspire me. I share many quotes about “letting go” and preach it in my yoga classes but for me it is a very hard concept to practice. “Don’t sweat the small stuff” is my life mantra because it is still a major work in progress for me.

4. Tell us something we would never guess about you?

When I was a child I wanted to be a famous actress. I even attended a performing arts camp for 6 years and had several lead roles. Singing, acting and dancing were my passion but life lead me in other directions. That is why I have always felt comfortable and confident teaching and being in front of a class both for Yoga and teaching Spanish and Italian in public school.

5. What is your least favorite asana?

My least favorite asana is anything involving the hips. I have very tight hips and poses such as sitting in Lotus or Agnistambhasana (firelog) is very uncomfortable for me. “Agni” means fire and this should be a hint about the nature of this pose. I definitely “feel the burn” in this intense hip opener. In the photo, I use blocks to help support my legs in the pose in order to be able to come into the pose without pain in my hips.

6. Name one thing on your bucket list?

On my bucket list is to travel the world. Besides being a Yoga Instructor, I am also a foreign language teacher and have traveled a bit. I love learning other languages and cultures. There is a huge world out there to discover, explore and experience. I may not be able to do the whole world but I am definitely going to get in as many as I can. Fingers crossed….