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: 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.