May Yogi of the Month: Tom Neu

cropped TN catskillMeet CCY's May Yogi of the Month and our buddy, the very charismatic and hilarious Tom Neu. Say hello to Tom next time you see him in the studio ... and, Tom, Manduka has a very special gift with your name written all over it on its way! 

 

1. Name? 

J. Tom Neu

 

2. Occupation? 

Engineer

 

3. Favorite yoga pose?

Bharadvajasana—a serene and beautiful pose.

 

4. How long have you been practicing and what's your latest yoga breakthrough? 

Six years. My recent thumb injury from a cycling spill forced me to improve my forearm balances since down dog was out of the question for months.

 

5. Why do you frequently wear a fishnet shirt in practice? 

Sweating makes me fidgety and distracted so I try to stay cool; wetting my hair before practice helps immensely.

 

6. How has yoga affected your life? 

It has introduced me to a diverse group of pleasant and happy people who share my wonder of the human body.

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Featch-ah Teach-ah: Lindsey Blake

lindsey-blake-090acc-solstice_copy1_mediumthumb1. Where are you from and how long have you been in Boston?

I was born and raised in Michigan amongst the woodland and orchards near the Great Lakes. I spent three years living abroad in Florence, Italy and have been a proud resident of Boston for five years. 

 

2. What was your first yoga class like?

I attended my first formal yoga class when I was 16 years old at a studio near my home.  I can still remember the sweet smell of the studio and the warm smile of my teacher.  It was an incredible experience that I hold close to my heart. 

 

3. What’s your favorite pose to teach?

Savasana. The way in which we come into awareness at the end of a practice with the culmination of asanas—resting in the mind, body, and breath—is a transformative space to hold. 

 

4. As a practitioner, what pose makes you cringe?

Mayurasana or Peacock Pose.

 

5. Where can we find you when you’re off your mat? 

In the kitchen. Creating meals with local, seasonal, and organic ingredients is one of my passions. Incorporating the quote, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” is a great inspiration at mealtime!

 

6. What’s your favorite or the most random song on your class playlist right now?

Garth Stevenson’s album, Flying, is a long-time favorite. Soulful strings are my jam! 

 

Catch Lindsey at Gentle Yoga, Core Flow, or Vinyasa!


April Yogi of the Month: Susan Howards

Susan_Howard_mediumthumbOur Manduka-sponsored April Yogi of the Month, Susan Howards, has been a familiar face around CCY since our grand opening. We’ve recently been so inspired by how she has used yoga to recover and rehabilitate from a shoulder fracture she suffered from this winter. Go, Susan!

 

1. Name?

 Susan Howards

 

2. Occupation?

I am a criminal defense and domestic violence attorney.

 

3. Fun fact about you?

In addition to my day job, I’m also a theatre and film actor.

 

4. Favorite yoga pose?

Half-moon.

 

5. When not on your mat, where can you be found?

In court.

 

6. How long have you been practicing?

I’ve been practicing for fifteen years.

 

7. How has yoga affected your life?

This winter, I had the unfortunate experience of slipping on ice and fracturing my shoulder. Yoga has sped up my recovery and controlled my pain. Manduka_Logo_HighRes