Randy teaching on the beach in Costa Rica.
Randy Ferguson is a bit of an international man of mystery. He’s a sort of accidental yogi and Pranassage practitioner, farmer, marketing consultant, and master chef rolled into one. And, if you happened to come to the Halloween Costume Ball Barre, you’ll know he also looks pretty bitchin’ in a track suit. As November’s Teacher of the Month, I particularly wanted to talk to him about two things: his experiences with Pranassage and his ties to Costa Rica, where he’ll be helping lead Align’s annual retreat in February.
You’ve told me a bit about how your experience in Nosara, Costa Rica, and how it converged with caretaking for your mother. Can you explain that a bit for our community?
Originally trained in power vinyasa yoga, I was more and more drawn to the therapeutic side of yoga. It was my mom’s Parkinson’s and her inability to easily move on her own that changed my perspective. Watching her physical therapy opened my eyes to how my training might be able to help, and I sought out ways to expand my practice to include simple grounding movements that would physically and energetically provide relief of both mind and body. It was about this time that I stumbled across Pranassage in a Google search and realized a studio just blocks from my house (Align) offered that practice. Further serendipitous events, including Stacy Seebart being one of the staff members helping with training at Nosara and having randomly been to Nosara years prior (where I took classes at the Nosara Yoga Institute)—that alignment was just a knock on the side of the head. I immediately signed up to get trained in Pranassage.
Speaking of Costa Rica, you’ve been a big part of continuing the annual Surf-Yoga-Pilates retreat. What’s that week like from a teacher’s point of view? What do you hope students take away from the retreat?
This will be my sixth time to Costa Rica. In my visits, I’ve experienced all the adventure stuff (white water rafting, zip lining, surfing, etc.), I’ve taken yoga trainings, worked in the kitchen at a yoga resort, taught classes, and last year finally led my own retreat. This year will be my first time going to Nosara as part of the Align staff—I am so grateful for that, since I have such a strong connection to both the studio and Nosara, where I’ve trained and where I first learned to love Costa Rica. I’ve seen incredible transformation from people who have traveled to Costa Rica. The retreat is an opportunity for fun, adventure, and reconnection with the self.
When you’re not at Align, what other sorts of fitness and wellness practices do you work into your life?
I love to bop around town and take classes at other studios. I have my favorite teachers in town who keep me grounded, and I am always conscious that the life of a teacher and the life of a student go hand in hand. Outside studios, I’m a big outdoorsy type. Get me hiking in the woods or biking the trails and I’m happy! The family “farm” is just 40 minutes away and I spend many summer days helping out with growing vegetables, tending to the orchard, spending time with the chickens, and working on getting the barn in shape to host events. My dream is to start having yoga classes and retreats and other types of wellness events on the farm—we’ve already hosted weddings, pig roasts, and other gatherings. Why not retreats? It’s got rolling hills of mature oak and black walnut, a creek just right for swimming, and lots of fresh country air.
What’s your favorite song for teaching Align Barre right now?
“Pumpin Blood” by NoNoNo… appropriate, right? :)
When can students find you in the studio for Barre, Prana Stretch Class, and private Pranassage body work?
Monday 9:30am Vinyasa flow, noon restorative yoga
Tuesday 7:15pm Align Barre and 8:30pm Candlelight Yoga (a great “double” for students—balance your yin with your yang)
Wednesday 7:15pm Align Barre and I assist in the 8:30pm Prana Stretch Class (again…double up!)
Friday 2pm Prana Stretch Class (this one comes with a free coffee coupon from Lucia’s!)