FLOW INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTINA DEHOUX
FB: Hi, thanks for joining us. Where did you grow up and have you always lived in Loudoun?
Hey! Thanks for asking! I grew up right outside of the beautiful, but very cold, Minneapolis, Minnesota. A few years after college, I moved to Fargo, North Dakota for a teaching position. I never thought I would move that far north, but I really enjoyed it! Everyone was very nice and welcoming, but I just missed being in the city. Once my husband (fiancé at the time) graduated from law school, we moved to Loudoun County.
FB: How did you learn about Flow and how did you progress towards becoming a teacher?
Before we moved here, I looked for a yoga studio and found Flow Yoga. There weren’t any yoga studios in Fargo, so I really missed practicing with others as I did in Minneapolis. Once we moved to Loudoun, I checked out Flow within the first month and loved it! As for becoming a yoga instructor, I always looked up to my instructors, and with the risk of this sounding childish, I wanted to be like them. I never really made a conscious decision to become a yoga instructor; after practicing for a while, I just knew that I would be one in the future.
FB: We understand that you’re a French teacher. What age and where do you teach?
I teach at Riverside High School and I teach all levels of French, so I have students from 14 – 18 years old
FB: How are yoga classes and your teaching classes different? How are they similar?
You know, I often think about how different my life would be if I taught yoga instead of 100 rambunctious teenagers! For both, I need to prepare a sequence or lesson to accommodate everyone. Often, that means offering modifications, assisting individuals or changing plans at the last minute. As for differences, one seems to be a little more relaxing and a bit less stressful. Any ideas to which one I am referring?
FB: Ever tried teaching a yoga class in only French?
As a matter of fact, I have! I worked at a French immersion camp in Northern Minnesota and one of the activities I led was yoga. I was always so proud of the students because several of them had never even practiced yoga before; and then they were trying it for the first time—but in a foreign language!
FB: What’s your family life like? Does anyone in your family ever take any of your classes?
My family is spread out between Minnesota, Virginia and Florida. I have three goofy, funny, caring brothers. My older brother, his wife, and I took a yoga class together a few years ago, and we had so much fun! I remember my brother’s face when he saw some of the poses, and so we were all giggling the entire time! My dad actually was the one who introduced me to yoga and he still practices yoga like a champ. He has never been to one of my classes, but he probably would if he lived in Loudoun. My stepmom does yoga poses for runners because she is a rock star runner. My mom and I have done yoga together on the beach in Florida and she still practices almost every week. My husband also practices yoga and has come to a few of my classes.
FB: What’s your favorite color and why?
I like many different colors, but my favorite color to wear is black. It’s very elegant and chic.
FB: Who is your biggest inspiration as a teacher?
I could write a novel about all of the incredible instructors at Flow and how they have inspired or helped me along my yoga journey! I worked the front desk for a couple years, so I was able to chat with Coleen every week as I checked in people for her class. She is always happy, calm, and kind. I would usually go to Flow straight from school with crazy stories, and she always had this magical way of helping me through each situation. Coleen was also my mentor for yoga teacher training, so I still go to her for yoga questions and advice.Natalia, Jamie and Kelli are also three incredible ladies I look up to, as they are very cheerful, thoughtful and knowledgeable. I am so lucky to be surrounded by such strong and fierce, but also kind and compassionate, yogis.
FB: Heard any funny yoga stories lately?
I haven’t heard any funny yoga stories, but just the other day, I had a student ask me if I could do “that bird pose” and explained crow pose to me. So, I did the pose in front of the class and they cheered. I was a little embarrassed, but we laughed.
FB: Do you have a favorite pose, and if so, what is it and why?
I have many favorites, but High Crescent Lunge and Warrior II are probably at the top. I feel so fierce and strong when I am in these two poses!
FB: What makes a truly extraordinary yoga playlist, and what types of music are you into right now?
I often hear songs at random times and just know it would be a good song for yoga. When making a playlist, I like to have a slower song in the very beginning as we are getting in the zone, then have more upbeat songs for the middle portion of class, and of course, slower songs at the end to calm down. I also seem to have a lot of French songs sprinkled throughout my playlists…wonder why???