Teacher Spotlight: Courtney DePasquale

1. What's your favorite yoga pose and why?
My favorite pose at the moment is a partner pose called Lizard on a Rock. One person is in child's pose while the other lays on top face up. Just like a lizard sunning itself. It's so relaxing and fun, my kid yogis love it! 

2. What's your favorite book and why?
I used to work for Penguin Random House and part of my job was to read new manuscripts. Definitely a huge perk to be surrounded by books all day when you're a bookworm like me! I not so secretly love teen novels. Right now I'm reading The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight and it's a page turner. 

3. What's your favorite movie?
Comedy would have to be Wet Hot American Summer...I discover something new to laugh at every time. Favorite drama is Out of Africa. And I always love a good horror flick...the original Poltergeist stands the test of time.  

4. What's the best trip you've ever taken?
One of my closest girlfriends got married on an island in the Azores (the islands off of Portugal). We all stayed for two weeks, ate incredible food and hiked an active volcano. 

5. What's your favorite restaurant on the Cape? 
My trusty old favorite is Mac's Shack in Wellfleet but lately I've been loving the Mad Minnow in Harwich. Great food and lawn games out back.  

6. How do you stay balanced? How do you unwind? 
Travel always helps me stay balanced. Sometimes I need to physically remove myself from my day to day in order to get a more clear perspective. I unwind by being in nature or by being in my car with the windows down and my music up loud...loud enough to trick myself into thinking I have a fantastic singing voice wink 

7. What's your favorite part of teaching yoga?
Savasana...walking people into relaxation with my voice and hands. Guiding them towards letting go. Being of service to other human beings is an amazing feeling.  

8. What's your favorite type of music to practice to? Favorite yoga song? 
I really love practicing to modern music. Bon Iver's "Come Talk to Me" is my favorite. Also anything by Krishna Das is always great.  

9. How do you try to live a mindful life?
In an ideal world I'd have a consistent meditation practice but unfortunately that isn't always the case. I do the best I can and in moments where I'm feeling a bit chaotic or not living in the present I reach out to my friends. I have two who I consider my "accountability buddies" and we check in with one another almost daily. 

Courtney teaches Yin Yoga + Meditation on Wednesdays at 7:30am. View the full class schedule here

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