Beyond the Mat: Arthur Fiedler

This interview is part of a monthly series with the aim of getting to know your Modo Yoga Thunder Bay instructors outside of the classroom and beyond the mat.

What do you do when you’re not teaching yoga?

I love saunas, traveling, hockey, reading, and just getting outside.

Tell us about your yoga journey so far.

I went to my first yoga class when I lived in Vancouver a few years ago. I went in like most men: thinking yoga was for women, scared of how inflexible I’d be, etc.  After a few (very sweaty) classes, I started seeing the value not only physically, but also mentally.  Then, I started my 2 year world travels and met a close friend and yoga teacher who got me practicing everyday. Yoga changed the way I thought and carried myself – it’s completely shaped me for the better. By the end of my travels, I decided to follow that passion and get my training certification. I did my training in Bali with 2 amazing power yoga teachers from California. I’m now back in my hometown of Tbay sharing the yoga love, and thrilled for this new direction.

Why did you join the Modo community?

Through word of mouth, I had heard great things about the Modo community. When I realized Thunder Bay had a Modo studio, I called Deb up. I’m so grateful to be a part of a great studio with amazing students, exchangers and fellow teachers!

What advice do you have for our yoga community?

A quote I heard from my teacher that has really stuck with me: “take your yoga practice seriously, but don’t take yourself too seriously.”  Have fun practicing yoga. Be patient with your body. Smile!

What is your favourite yoga pose?

Pigeon or Wheel probably.. I love hip openers & back bends!