goodteacher of the month October – Flannery Foster


Back in the saddle again. Flannery is finally settled into the routine of city life a month after her return from a 4 month sabbatical spent working on the long and bumpy road between Argentina and Mexico. Read Flannery’s answers to some goodquestions below and meet her choice for goodstudent of the month.

This Fall, she’ll be teaching fewer classes and focusing on her other role. With her husband, Creative Director Ray Gonzales, she is a founding partner of goodyoga. After 2 years of rapid expansion, she and Ray are eager to fine-tune operations and expand offerings.

Flannery may be teaching fewer classes, but you may find her practicing beside you at both the Greenpoint and Bushwick studios. She’s taking measures to ensure the consistency of the curriculum as we train and introduce new teachers to goodyoga.

To further support this effort, Flan will be heading up the weekend good101 and good200 Teacher Training sessions with Rebekah, Casey, Marie and Amy teaching sessions throughout.

What’s it all about?
Jump in on any afternoon Philosophy session for the next 3 weekends. We’ll be covering The Yoga Sutras, The Chakras & The Subtle Body, Ayurveda, Sanskrit, The Upanishads & Bhagavad Gita. Heavy topics in a relaxed environment with folks new to yoga and teachers wanting to brush up. Curious? Come on over.

Blow your practice wide open and put it back together again.
If existential matters aren’t your cup of tea, then you can always get heavy into your asana practice. Flan is teaching Anatomy 9:30 – 11:30 am on Saturdays followed by Rebekah’s Alignment sessions on Sundays same time.

Early Birds are rewarded with Flan on Mondays at 7:30 am in the Garden at Greenpoint. Wet weather means we will be inside. Join our weekday 7:30 am and 7:15 am classes year round now.

good4u’s are the perfect opportunity to refine your Asana practice, experience Thai Massage or apply Yogic Logic to a personal or professional challenge. Book a session with Flan before she heads out on her next adventure November 21.

Email guru@goodyoga.com to organize a good4u session for whatever challenges you wish to address.

Flannery took a moment to answer the revealing Proust Questionnaire.

GOODQUESTIONS

Q: What is your idea of perfect happiness?

A: To completely experience each moment in a relaxed and focused state. Enlightenment.

Q:What is your greatest fear?

A: Painful Death. Mine and others.

Q:What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

A: Identification with the Ego

Q:What is the trait you most deplore in others?

A: Willful ignorance. Delusion.

Q: Which living person do you most admire?

A: Everyone.

Q: What is your greatest extravagance?

A: Choosing to live in New York City.

Q: What is your current state of mind?

A: Focused.

Q: What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

A: Faith

Q: On what occasion do you lie?

A: When I fear the consequences of telling the truth.

Q: What do you most dislike about your appearance?

A: A lot. Best not to draw attention to one’s flaws.

Q: Which living person do you most despise?

A: No one.

Q: What is the quality you most like in a man?

A: Curiousity

Q: What is the quality you most like in a woman?

A: Curiousity

Q: Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

A: Like and love.

Q: What or who is the greatest love of your life?

A: Life itself.

Q: When and where were you happiest?

A: Now.

Q: Which talent would you most like to have?

A: Play every instrument and speak every language.

Q: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

A: Greater acceptance.

Q: What do you consider your greatest achievement?

A: Existence

Q: If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

A: Ray and I will be buried in a green cemetery with no chemicals, wrapped in muslin.
So We’ll grow into a tree.

Q: Where would you most like to live?

A: Everywhere

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

A: Passport

Q: What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

A: The loss of personal freedom.

Q: What is your favorite occupation?

A: Wandering.

Q: What is your most marked characteristic?

A: Hair

Q: What do you most value in your friends?

A: Patience

Q: Who are your favorite writers?

A: Kurt Vonnegut, Milan Kundera, Hunter S. Thompson, Chekov, Shakespeare, Patanjali

Q: What is your greatest regret?

A: Ignorance. That others have been hurt by my actions.

Q: How would you like to die?

A: With all my faculties, peacefully, unexpectedly, in my sleep at a very old age.

Q: What is your motto?

A:

Om
Purnamadah Purnamidam
Purnat Purnamudachyate
Purnasya Purnamadaya
Purnameva Vashishyate
Om shanti, shanti, shanti

translation
Om.
That is infinite, this is infinite;
From That infinite this infinite comes.
From That infinite, this infinite removed or added;
Infinite remains infinite.
Om. Peace! Peace! Peace!