Q & A: Instructor Frank Naugo

 

How long have you been teaching yoga?  frankportrait

3 years.

Why did you become a yoga teacher? Who and/or what are your biggest influences?

I took my teacher training to grow in my own understanding and practice of yoga. I ended up teaching because I wanted to share the benefits of yoga that I personally experienced.

How has yoga helped you to be a better person?

Yoga helps direct me to the present moment; builds a bridge between mind, body, and spirit; and tunes me into the best gift we can receive: our breath.

What is your personal mission statement as a yoga teacher?

To share some of what I’ve learned from my own experience as well as a portion of knowledge and guidance I’ve received from the many amazing teachers I’ve been blessed to study with.

What do you think constitutes an excellent yoga instructor?

Authenticity, passion for what they’re sharing, and dedication to their own practice.

What was your most challenging teaching experience?

One of the very first classes I taught. It was figuring out what to do with the remaining 30 minutes of a 90-minute class I was teaching after only planning for one hour (sit in quiet contemplation and meditation works in a pinch).

What do you recommend to the beginner student? To the seasoned student?

Always approach your practice with a beginner’s mind and as open a heart as you can muster.

How do you take your yoga off the mat?

I continually try and cultivate an openness and acceptance of all people and their perspectives.

What is the one pose you are most proud of getting into?

Savasana. It means “I’ve made it!”…at least for that moment in time.

What is your favorite time of day to practice yoga?

Any time I can.

Why do you love teaching at Pulsation Yoga?

I’ve known Kathy and Jim for a long time and very much appreciate and respect them as people and for what they are continually striving to create with Pulsation, and I feel privileged to be a part of it.

 

Frank Naugo teaches at the Pulsation Yoga studio in Lake Zurich. Check out the class schedule to attend his classes.