I’m Grateful for Everything I Have in My Life: An Interview with Frank Muscara

We are looking back at posts that we love! Here’s a favorite from June 15th 2016.

Honestly, Frank has the most comforting presence I have ever encountered. He is grounded, kind, capable, and intelligent. Frank takes care of everyone around him – he is such a good listener, and brings out the absolute best in anyone.

When and how did you first come to yoga?

I was having back pains and thought I’d try yoga before I went to a medical professional. Three weeks of a gentle yoga practice fixed everything, and I stuck with it.

You are a psychology professor as well as a yoga teacher…. How does being a professor influence your yoga teaching, and vice versa?

Yoga has helped me bring more patience and compassion into the classroom, which is so necessary when teaching at a public University in the city. Being a professor has brought me into contact with a lot of students from all backgrounds. I think this has helped me be more perceptive to student’s individual needs, which I try to address as much as I can in a group yoga class

When and why did you decide to do the mang’Oh Teacher Training?

I was very interested in doing the training because I wanted to deepen my practice. I didn’t think it would be possible to take time off from teaching to go on the training retreat however. After speaking with Erica about it though, I decided it would be possible to miss time at work, and I signed up.

Describe your Teacher Training experience at mang’Oh:

I really loved my experience during training. Being able to do so much yoga was awesome, and I learned a lot. The best part however was being around such amazing people, the teachers and my peers. We had a really great time together. Two of my best friends now I met in the teacher training.

Tell us about your journey post-mang’Oh TT…

After my teacher training, I decided to pursue a dream of mine I’d had since college, but never had the confidence to devote myself to. I enrolled in Acupuncture school shortly after training finished, and it’s one of the best decisions I have made.

Who has influenced you, both in and out of the yoga world?

My teachers, for their knowledge and experience and for everything they have shared with me, my friends for being there for me, and my mother, who taught me how to be strong, no matter what we were going through.

When you are not a yoga teacher, or a professor, where can we find you and what are you doing?

At home, because I love being in my apartment, or out exploring the city.

Describe your perfect day in NYC

Maybe starting the day in the East Village for a coffee at Cafe Ost. Then heading down to Chinatown with a friend to try dumplings at different restaurants. Definitely stopping for some bubble tea and going to different bakeries to get a few snacks. Then the Chinese Supermarket to see what interesting, foreign products we could try. Then, the train to central park for a nice walk up to the MET museum, spend an hour or two there. Then head home to cook something, curl up on the couch, and watch a few movies or play some Wii.

What advice would you give to someone looking to do what they love?

A friend of mine said this to me the other day, and I’d give the same advice to others: Follow your heart. Even if it is a mistake, there will be a lesson there to learn. It’s much worse to regret the things you didn’t do than the things you did do.

What are you most grateful for today?

I’m grateful for everything I have in my life. I feel like I am so lucky to have the people, things and opportunities I’ve had and I’m so grateful for that everyday.