Welcome to our Fall Soul Series. In it we’ll be spotlighting some of the vital and influential local voices in our community that help us connect our physical movement with inner strength.
First up is Jacqui Bonwell. Her list of credentials goes on and on: she’s a certified yoga teacher and Reiki master, a yoga life coach, director of the Sacred Seeds Yoga School, and owner of the Canton Yoga Shala. She trains other yoga teachers through her own certification programs. Armed with a B.A. in psychology and sociology from the University of Rhode Island, she also provides life coaching to help yoga students deepen their practice and apply the teachings to their everyday lives.
All that said, what’s the training she considers most important to her life? Motherhood. Here’s a little more about her.
1. Tell us about where and what you teach?
I have a studio in Canton, Massachusetts, where I teach mostly workshops and trainings. I have one regular class a week that I teach at HYP studio in Needham in Tuesday’s at 9:15am. I regularly do retreats at Kripalu and stay connected to many studios on their sublist. What I teach is what I like to call blue-collar yoga. It’s not too fancy but it’s very smart. I structure a lot of what I teach around the principles of functional movement. I infuse the philosophy and history of the teachings of yoga into every class. And as much as I like the discipline of the practice, I always make sure to keep the classes lighthearted. I think that humor is crucial.
2. How do you nourish your soul?
By practicing yoga, spending time with my children, reading, and sometimes giving myself permission to do nothing!
3. How important is drinking water to you and your daily routine?
It’s always something I wish I drank more of, but I think I’m holding my own with the water. I work out and practice, so I make sure my water intake is solid.
4. What do you like to do for fun in Boston?
I go to South Boston Yoga for anything! I enjoy going to the Barking Crab on the water with my family or taking them up in the green with the carousel and splash park. I love the touristy stuff too–even though I am from here: Faneuil Hall, the North End, Cambridge (especially the Mass. Ave. shops). With two kids, I don’t get to go as much as I used to with two kids, but I love them!
5. What’s some advice you have for someone hoping to become a yoga teacher?
Don’t burn out, because you end ️ up taking on every class you can–even during times that aren’t ideal for you.
6. One thing you’re really excited about for this fall?
I am excited to do my first five-day retreat at Kripalu from October 18th through the 23rd, and my 4th annual yoga benefit fundraiser for Veterans on November 14th at 4:30p.m.
7. Key people or companies that have helped you grow?
I continue to be deeply inspired by my fellow yoga teachers: Johnny Gillespie, David Vendetti, Rolf Gates, Sharon Gannon and Pat Iyer. I have profound respect for an endless list of yogis and healers that I’ve come to know.
8. What’s one thing you can’t live without?
Music. It’s my medicine. Always has been!