Occupation: Boston Police Operations support staff
Fun fact: My wife and I love animals and especially love learning and studying about Orcas, the most beautiful, intelligent, baddest, creatures on this Earth.
Favorite yoga pose: The chair; for some reason my eyes light up when the teacher says it, I'm like, 'YES, something I can do well!"
When not on the matt, where I can be found? I'm at a mosque in Roxbury a couple times a week praying and reading Quran. Otherwise, I love to cook, spend time with family, watching my beloved Boston Celtics, and just laughing.
How long have I practiced Yoga and my latest Yoga breakthrough? I joined CCY in early October as it was a birthday gift to myself, but I began practicing it in early September from one of my neighbors. My latest breakthrough is to soften the face and eyes, to breath, and to use the side of the matt with the picture otherwise I will slip.
How has yoga impacted my life? It's a big work in progress but I expect many, many positive impacts as I continue to practice. It's helped me strengthen my back as I've dealt with a disc issue in my back for over 20 years. It's helped fill a void in my life as I used to be an amateur boxer through USA boxing and New England Boxing and left that about 6 years ago and have missed being part of a team, of pushing myself in a sport, of trying to get that level of focus where no outside distractions can affect me. Everyday intentions before every class are the same: To absolutely work my hardest without any short cuts, to show great respect and appreciation to my teachers, to be a better person in life, and not let the stressful and negative people at work get the best of me. I expect yoga to keep impacting my life with these intentions forever, God willing. When I'm at CCY, the teachers and staff make me feel so welcome.
Where are you from and how long have you been in Boston? 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.
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
What do you do when you're not the friendly face behind the desk? 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.
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.
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.
What do you do when not the friendly face behind the desk? I'm usually hanging with some really lovely young humans (as a nanny) or some really lovely slightly older humans (as a yoga teacher). When I'm not working, I can be found writing, reading, climbing trees, or adventuring with my husband Trev and our cat Margot. Where are you from and what brought you to Boston? I grew up in Westford, MA. I went to college first in New York City and then in Amherst, MA, and after chilling in the western part of the state for a couple years after graduation (our backyard was a farm field that led right to the Connecticut River! We had a rope swing) we wanted to try something different, and Boston was calling (:
Fun fact about you? From the ages of 4-21 I wanted to be an actor, and my first role was at age 5 as Grumpy the Dwarf in a retelling of Snow White. Latest Yoga breakthrough? Learning to slow down. Asking for help.
Insiders tip? CCY is a really good place to come visit if you need a hug, a friend, a place to sit, to move, to laugh, to explore, to meditate, to connect, to love.
What has been the most rewarding aspect of being behind the desk? The hugs, the friends, the sitting, the moving, the laughing, the exploring, the meditating, the connecting, the LOVE.
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.
What was your first yoga class like? I was dragged to my first class against my will! It was a giant, two-floor community class in New York and I was wildly intimidated, but I survived, and I never expected to step foot in a studio again. It wasn’t until years later that I decided to revisit vinyasa and it was love at first asana.
What’s your favorite pose to teach? There’s something really special about seeing someone conquer a fear and find lift-off in crow for the first time.
What do you love most about working with kids and teens? I’m always so impressed with their fearlessness! They’re open to trying new things regardless of the outcome or appearance. Working with teens has helped me find the kid in my own practice.
As a practitioner, what pose makes you cringe? Bow (dhanurasana). Nope, just nope! I’ll do it, but I won’t be happy about it. For now I’m hoping to find some peace in it.
Where can we find you when you’re off your mat? I have a touch of the wanderlust, so I’m usually plotting the next trip. When I’m home I’m in my kitchen; it may be tiny but I make the most of it! Cooking real, nourishing meals is my way of showing love, both to others and myself.
What’s your favorite or the most random song on your class playlist right now? I tend to keep the teen class pretty quiet and mellow, but for my own practice I’m currently obsessed Lost Youth/Lost You by How To Dress Well.
Fun fact? Rome 2016 - inadvertently locked in the gated courtyard of Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore midnight Easter Morning. Outside the gates were armed soldiers with machine guns. Got lucky and made it out undetected.
Favorite yoga pose? They are all a challenge but to pick one - WHEEL
When not on your matt, where can you be found? Maybe at Audubon Bar with my nose in a book trying to learn a new language.
How long have you been practicing and what's your latest yoga breakthrough? About ten months. "Namaste", for the longest time it was just a word I felt awkward saying. It has recently started to take on meaning. I know it has always had meaning, but when I say it now something resonates.
How has yoga impacted my life? Improved flexibility, strength and posture. A greater ability to roll with the punches and a deepening of mind body connection.
What do you do when not the friendly face behind the desk?
When not at CCY I am usually outside with my 2 pit bulls, Harley and Roscoe. I spend a lot of time with them at Blue Hills hiking :)
Where are you from and what brought you to Boston? I am originally from Winchester, MA. After 13 years of moving around and living in Vermont, Utah, France, Germany, London, and California I finally got home sick and moved back about a year and a half ago. I definitely did not move back for these amazing winters …. my entire family lives in the area and it made me sad to watch my niece and nephews grow up on Facebook, I wanted to be closer so I would be a bigger presence in their lives :)
Fun fact about you? I went to school for art education and I love to oil paint.
Latest Yoga breakthrough? Being able to sit still.
Insiders tip? CCY hand picks clothing companies that are eco-friendly, ethical, and down right comfy and stylish. From using recycled bottles in their fabric (Third Eye Threads) to donating 10% of their profits to charity (Inner Fire) you can guarantee you will be supporting eco-ethical company.
What has been the most rewarding aspect of being behind the desk? Being part of the CCY community has been life changing for me. I love interacting with clients and staff. Everyone has such an amazing journey and I enjoy hearing and talking to people about their experiences.