Face Behind the Cart: Wilhelm Engelbrecht

What do you do when not the friendly face behind the cart? I am an event planner at Harvard Medical School, which is ridiculously fun job to have. Where are you from and what brought you to Boston? I was born and raised in South Africa, and came to America ten years ago. I came to Boston for love, and stayed for the city. I've never connected with any place as much as Boston. The vibe, the weather, the people, it all fits me really well. Read More

Feach-a Teach-a: Cameron Ciccone

Where are you from and how long have you been in Boston?Scorpion-crop
I grew up in Franconia, NH but split my time between the mountains and the ocean! I have been living in the Boston area for about 5 years now.

What was your first yoga class like?
Amazing but frustrating! I believe it was a Vinyasa class and I felt challenged in a way that let me connect and tap into an introspective experience! Honestly I had similar feelings of the flow state I've experienced skiing deep snow or riding my bike through the woods. It was addicting!

What’s your favorite pose to teach?
Humble Warrior! The pose is both active and passive. Asana teaches us about isolation through mindful movement. These poses can both be active and passive at the same time in different parts of the body.

As a practitioner, what pose makes you cringe?
Wheel Pose! (Urdva Dhanurasana) Nah I am good!!!!!!!

Where can we find you when you’re off your mat?
I love to get outside in the mountains or on the ocean! I spend much of my free time riding my mountain bike, climbing mountains to ski in the winter months, swimming, paddle boarding, surfing, and climbing up rocks! I love connecting to nature, experiencing everything it has to offer. That connection inspires and motivates me to be the best version of myself. I need it like I need Yoga and in many ways it is all part of my daily Yoga practice.

What’s your favorite or the most random song on your class playlist right now?
Ahhhhhhhh! That is a hard question. Some artists I have been incorporating into classes are East Forest, Trevor Hall, Wildlight, M83. I listen to Alan Watts often and artists are integrating his talks with sound! I am all about the messages in the music so I try my best to invite the conscious music movement.

FEACH-A TEACH-A: LAKOTA ELISE SANDOE

Where are you from and how long have you been in boston? I'm originally from Lowell MA, aka Mill City, home of the late, great, beat poet, Jack Kerouac. I went to high school just outside of Boston in the nineties so Harvard Square and Newbury Street were my adolescent stomping grounds. It wasn't until 2008 that i called the Boston area my home. 8 years later it really feels like home! Read More

Feach-a Teach-a: Elizabeth Heller

Where are you from and how long have you been in Boston? I was born in California and lived in Illinois, Louisiana, Florida, and Georgia growing up! What was your first yoga class like? Heaven! I felt so calm and energized at the same time! Read More

FEACH-A TEACH-A: EMILY PETERSON

Where are you from and how long have you been in Boston? I am from Westlake Village California - I've been in Boston for going on 11 years. What was your first yoga class like? I started yoga at home with videotapes - I did it that way for a long time. Read More

Yogi of The Month : Paul Jurascheck



Name?
Paul Jurascheck
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Occupation?
CFO for Central Boston Elder Services which provides home care services for over 7,000 senior citizens in the center of the City.


Fun fact?
Lastname comes from the JURA mountains in Poland

Favorite yoga pose?
Warrior 2

When not on your matt, where can you be found?
I can be found prayer-walking, visiting and shepherding people, especially family.

How long have you been practicing and what's your latest yoga breakthrough?
I began yoga briefly for just a few months several years ago and had to stop due to an injury. Began again in May at CCY, about 4 1/2 months now.  My latest breakthrough- staying focused on breathing through most of my yoga classes

How has yoga impacted my life?
1. Helped me become attentive to the voice of my body, bringing wholeness
2. Breathing has been a major factor in transforming my inner being and daily living by helping me learn to be present and creating space for Life to be infused with each breath
3. It opened the door to become part of the huggable CCY community

Face Behind The Desk: Kelly Cross

What do you do when you're not the friendly face behind the desk?unnamed-5_copy1
When I'm not at Coolidge Corner Yoga's front desk, I work at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in their fundraising division. When I'm not there (or at the yoga studio) I'm usually reading, cooking, climbing, skiing, running, or volunteering with a couple of local organizations.

Where are you from and what brought you to Boston?
I am originally from Washington State. I came to Boston for school and attended Emerson College.

Fun fact about you?
I love to cook! It's meditative and nourishing to me, just like yoga.

Latest Yoga breakthrough?
I won't say this was recent, it is something I've learned (and keep learning) as I practice, and that's to be okay with not being at the place I might want or expect to be at--mentally and physically. It's a challenge, but yoga continues to teach me how to let go and just be wherever I'm at without judgement. Oh, also, conquering my fear of inversions!

Insiders tip?
Take a Forrest Yoga class!

What has been the most rewarding aspect of being behind the desk?
The people and the community here at CCY is incredibly wonderful and I enjoy being a part of it so very much.

FEACH-A TEACH-A: SARA BIONDELLO

Where are you from and how long have you been in Boston? I’m from kind of all over but mostly Connecticut, and I’ve been in Boston full-time for the past two years. New England has always felt like home to me, so it’s a pretty good fit. Read More

Feach-a Teach-a: Kiara Segal

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Where are you from and how long have you been in Boston?
I was raised in Brookline from the time I was three until I went off to college in Upstate New York. I moved back to Boston just shy of a year ago!

What was your first yoga class like?
My first class was around age eight, when I accompanied my mother to her Dahn yoga class on Saturday morning. The room was filled with what appears in my memory as men and women in loose, white martial arts pants and long sleeved shirts. There was ample body shaking, tapping, stretching, and perhaps a sun salutation or two. I found it all highly silly, and ever so slightly embarrassing.

What’s your favorite pose to teach?
Favorite pose to teach is such a very difficult question....Extended side angle.

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

Where can we find you when you’re off your mat?
Hiking with my puppies, studying acupuncture at Tatte's, painting pots at the Clayroom.

What’s your favorite or the most random song on your class playlist right now?
Both favorite and most random at the moment would be Mariama Kaba- Boubacar Traoré.

Yogi of the Month: Eli Fronske

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Name?
Eli Fronske

Occupation?
I am a 6th Grader at the Upper Devotion School!

Fun fact?
I learned how to surf two years ago at Cisco Beach and got up on my first try! 

Favorite yoga pose?
Eagle.

When not on your matt, where can you be found?
I can be found either in school, on my bike, hanging with friends, reading, drawing or playing video games.

How long have you been practicing and what’s your latest yoga breakthrough?
I have been practicing for 4 years and attending adult classes for the past 2 years. Last summer I had my latest breakthrough when I got into headstand against the wall. 

How has yoga impacted my life?
Yoga has impacted my life cause it makes me better than before I unrolled my mat.

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