Teacher Feature – Ethan Somerman

Where are you from?I moved a few times when I was small, but I spent most of my childhood in Maryland in a small suburb near Frederick.

What’s your sign?Sun: Leo. Moon: Leo. Rising: Aries.

What’s your training background?I completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training at the Breathing Room under the direction of Carissa Ciuca in 2011. Since my training, I have pursued dozens of additional trainings, mostly studying with Ame Wren, David Regelin, and Leslie Kaminoff. 

What’s your favorite pose?My yoga practice has evolved quite a lot over the years. I have come to be significantly less captivated by asana and much more captivated by the spiritual inquiry and the opportunity to be present in a deep and authentic way with my inner self. However, I still adore having the chance to move my body and find the experience of moving intentionally through yoga postures very therapeutic and a powerful form of presence. All of that being said, I don’t have a favorite or least favorite pose anymore.      

What’s your least favorite pose?

Who are your favorite artists/musicians?I like all sorts of music. Lately, I have been listening to a lot of jazz, especially Thelonius Monk, Miles Davis, and Lester Davis. I am also very fond of classic music. Some of my favorite composers are Ravel, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Debussy. 

What’s the best place to eat in Portland or South Portland?I love a special night out and find the area full of wonderful places to eat. However, my favorite place to eat is sitting around my kitchen table with my daughter and loved ones. My three year old and I both love to cook. We light a bunch of candles and make a night of it. It’s such a fun and treasured time we have to connect.

What’s your favorite spot in town to chill?I am unlikely to be found chilling in town! I live in midcoast, so I love heading to one of the many quiet, oceanside spots for quiet reflection time. I also love curling up with a good book and a cup of tea (or a gin and tonic!) on my couch. 

How do you find room to breathe?Lately I have made it a careful intention of mine to find moments where I can do not much and do it very slowly. I find more time to rest, give myself permission to do less, and listen carefully to what I need and want. This gives me time to be intentional, connected, and present. I feel so fortunate that I can allow myself this space to be less reactive at this time in my life.