Seattle Yoga News is on a mission to find and highlight all of the hidden, and maybe not so hidden, gems in our yoga community and beyond. We want you to learn about their experiences and perspectives, but also a bit more about their personalities, so we have a few fun questions for them. This week’s spotlight is turned towards Andreas Fetz.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED WITH YOGA?

-Andreas-Fetz

Andreas Fetz:

I originally went with a few friends who were into it and I honestly hated it. I felt like my first teacher was trying to get my body into positions it simply wasn’t going to go (I was your typical stiff male who hadn’t stretched for most of his life). It took me another year and a half to try it again and I thankfully had a teacher who helped me modify for my body and I could really feel the work as opposed to trying to find a shape. When I moved to L.A. in 2001 I started practicing a little bit more regularly, and then when I moved back to Seattle and had a fairly stressful Project Managment job, yoga became an oasis in my day that I cherished. And I haven’t really looked back since.

WHAT KIND OF TRAININGS HAVE YOU PURSUED?

-Andreas-Fetz

Andreas Fetz:

I’ve studied with various teachers over the years, attending workshops from the likes of Sean Corn, Angel Kyodo Williams, Richard Freeman, Kathryn Budig, Robert Svoboda and others. I also have a PT who has guided some of my anatomy study as a mentor and I try and learn as much as I can from all forms of movement and spirituality, not just within the yoga tradition.

HOW DID YOUR FORMER EXPERIENCE IN ATHLETIC TRAINING CONTRIBUTE TO YOUR YOGA TEACHING METHOD?

-Andreas-Fetz

Andreas Fetz:

My coaches when I was younger really emphasized the fundamentals which I still carry with me. My yoga practice (as opposed to a lot of the circus stuff I do) is actually pretty simple, focusing on basic movement, not just flashy poses.

WHAT IS ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU ALWAYS GIVE YOUR STUDENTS?

-Andreas-Fetz

Andreas Fetz:

Don’t try to conform to an idea of the pose, instead, modify the pose to give you access to the work. The poses are just tools to be used with no real usefulness in and of themselves. When was the last time that crow came in useful in your daily life???!!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE YOGA RELATED BOOK?

-Andreas-Fetz

Andreas Fetz:

Not yoga per se, but as far as spirituality centered books, the Seekers guide by Elizabeth Lesser had a big influence on me. Really helped me to frame my own spiritual path outside of traditional religion.

the Seekers guide by Elizabeth Lesser

IN A YOGA WORLD DOMINATED BY WOMEN, HOW IS IT LIKE BEING A MALE YOGA TEACHER & WHAT DO YOU THINK CAN BE DONE TO ENCOURAGE MORE MEN TO PRACTICE YOGA?

-Andreas-Fetz

Andreas Fetz:

It presents its own unique considerations for sure but it’s becoming so normal for all my guy friends that it barely seem like a thing anymore. I have classes now that are sometimes half or even more men (those are still the exception, but still). I think the more men see what is possible and the clear results in terms of health and well-being that yoga provides to all people, both men and women, the more curious and willing to give it a shot they are.

OTHER THAN PRACTICING YOGA, CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT SOME OF YOUR WELLNESS & SELF-CARE HABITS?

-Andreas-Fetz

Andreas Fetz:

I am big into a variety of movement modalities and try to bike and walk as much as I can also. I meditate and try to eat a healthy diet and have lately been prioritizing getting enough sleep and drinking enough water. It’s always the little habits that seem to make the biggest difference for me.

WHAT CAN ONE EXPECT WHEN TAKING A YOGA CLASS WITH YOU & WHERE DO YOU CURRENTLY TEACH?

-Andreas-Fetz

Andreas Fetz:

Students can expect a well-rounded vinyasa class with bits of the yoga sutras sprinkled in (or other random themes depending on the day). I also like to add in bits and pieces of other movement modalities that I’ve been working with so students can build knowledge beyond just traditional yoga asana and connect to movement and their bodies in general.
I currently teach at 8 limbs, Ritual House, Shakti, Seattle Yoga Lounge, the Seattle Bouldering Project, and YogaBliss.

WHAT IS ONE THING MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU?

-Andreas-Fetz

Andreas Fetz:

That I’m actually just a big nerd. (Or maybe they know that already 🙂 )

WHO IS THE YOGI WE SHOULD FEATURE NEXT & WHY?

-Andreas-Fetz

Andreas Fetz:

Matt Drews. He brings in an amazing background a dance and movement to his classes and he has an artistry not in just what he teaches but also how he imparts his knowledge.

Andreas Fetz’s Bio: I love movement, and I want to share the joy and physical benefits that I find through exercise and yoga with others.
Having been in some form of athletic training for most of my life, I’ve always loved the joy and sense of play that can be found through physicality. I grew up in Missoula, Montana, where I was a three-time all-state soccer player and a Tai Kwan Do state champion in my division.
After moving to the Pacific Northwest in the late ’90s, I took my first yoga class in 2001 and over the years it has become a vital part of my life. I found and continue to find it nourishing both physically and spiritually. In 2008 I decided that I wanted to start teaching, and enrolled in the teacher training program at Seattle’s 8 Limbs Yoga Studio, which was fantastic. The teachers there are wonderful and I love the community I found through the program there.
Fast forward a few year, and after seeing a Cirque du Soleil show, I absolutely fell in love with the circus arts and am now completely hooked. For about the 7 years, I trained and taught classes at SANCA in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. I have studied aerials, acrobatics, and tumbling among other things and currently specialize in handbalancing and trapeze.
Movement is life, and I feel blessed to have created a life full of it.


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