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.

Face Behind The Desk: Joanna Rosenberg

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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.

Feach-a Teach-a: Sara Biondello

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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.



Yogi of The Month: Stephen Koumantzelis


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Stephen Koumantzelis

Occupation?
ESL Teacher

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.

Face Behind The Desk: Sylvie Manning

12119088_10207228766825036_7887642667589863499_nWhat 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.




Feach-a Teach-a: Elyssa Schneider

What was your first yoga class like?

Ha! It was in high school gym class, and I hated it! All I remember is our gym teacher placing her hand in front of our bellies to tell us that we were breathing wrong! I tried again in college and fell in love - the practice helped rescue me from the perils of life as a Type A, exercise-obsessed college student. My personal practice has morphed tremendously over the years but it has stayed with me ever since!elyssa schneidar

What’s your favorite pose to teach?

I love the first moments of collective breathing on the mat, and the shift of energy that happens in that moment. Lately, I love teaching an extended Goddess pose, which really forces connection with the breath in a moment of physical exertion - something useful for all of us, but especially for my prenatal students!!! And the holding makes the subsequent movements that much more delicious!

As a practitioner, what pose makes you cringe?

As a former gymnast, I used to love wheel/dhanurasana, but have barely been able to do it since my second baby was born over a year ago - my whole body hurts when I attempt it, but I miss the extreme opening it can bring!

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

Teaching sixth grade Spanish, though mostly hanging with my 2 boys - Jayden is 3 "and 3/4," and Barrett is 14 months.

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

I've been on an instrumental kick for awhile now, and am a big fan of Garth Stevenson

Face Behind The Desk: Caity O'Hagan

What do you do when not the friendly face behind the desk?
When I’m not behind the desk or on my mat at CCY, I can usually be found in the Somerville or Cambridge area looking for a great vibe, place to eat or cup of coffee!11665409_10204780706697724_2652216865095549598_n


Where are you from and what brought you to Boston?
I am a New Englander through and through. I grew up just north of Boston, and moved into the city to attend Nursing school. I fell in love with the city life, and never left!

Fun fact about you?
I am about to become the very proud pet-momma to a 3 lb Chihuahua named Taco … if you’d like to get me excited, ask if you can see his picture.

Latest Yoga breakthrough?
Handstand!! Well, I haven’t exactly had a “breakthrough” but I’m certain that I will soon. Practicing this pose daily, and honing my ability to utilize uddiyana bandha has made a world of difference. I am closer than I have ever been to achieving this inversion and I think that’s worth celebrating!

Insiders tip?
Always check out our News Letter! There are so many wonderful special classes, workshops, and deals going on each month that are advertised in our News Letter. It is the key to staying on top of all the CCY happenings!

What has been the most rewarding aspect of being behind the desk?
Hands down, the best part of my position behind the desk is being a part of the CCY community. All of the students, teachers and staff at this studio make my job so enjoyable; I truly love coming into work each morning!  

The Good Goods

The first installment of The Good Goods has arrived!


earth-14353458We hope to use this section of our blog to create awareness about a topic we feel very passionately about: Mother Earth. Many buy into the misconception that they, as individuals, cannot single-handedly improve our world by going green. Unfortunately, this is the thought process that keeps us stagnant; that does not allow fair trade and sustainable companies to take off; and does not foster awareness in our society. As inhabitants of this planet that we lovingly call home, we have the responsibility to protect and serve its best interests. After all, we are borrowing this earth from our children and all of the future generations that follow them! 


We are not suggesting that going green is easy. If it was, our planet would be flourishing, social injustice would be a theory rather than a reality, and love would always prevail. Alas, going green is not that simple. It is hard, challenging work. But, as with all of life, it is usually those things that challenge us that create the most positive changes within us. Just as the wheel was not invented overnight, we do not expect that anyone become an insta-Green Queen or King This is a process, but the sooner we all begin this labor of love, the sooner we will see the fruits of our efforts. Here, we hope to inform, inspire, and demonstrate just how rad going green can be!

In this first installment, our feature brand is:
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Soul Flower
is your wardrobe one-stop-shop. Whether you’re a tie-dye fanatic or a mandala enthusiast, Soul Flower has the shirt, pant, short, skirt, headband … well, pretty much anything for you. And the fun doesn’t stop there. We love Soul Flower because they support Mother Earth in a variety of ways: recycled and reused materials, made in the USA, fair trade—Soul Flower does it all. Needless to say, all clothing items are eco-friendly, and many contain organic cotton, recycled fibers, hemp, and bamboo.

You'll find us wearing all of our favorite items from Soul Flower on a regular basis. We can’t getunnamed-1 enough of our favorite Soul Flower accessory, their super soft headbands—each with a different color or mandala. We quickly became fans of their organic men’s and women’s T-shirts with inspiring words and prints, and we imagine you’ll love them too! For the little yogis, Soul Flower has an awesome line just for babies, including some very witty onesies and T-shirts.
All in all, we love this planet, and we love having Soul Flower on our eco-friendly green team! 

#GoTeamEarth

Yogi of the Month: Judy Waligunda

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Judith Waligunda Basilico

Occupation?  
retired physician, internist

Fun fact?
I’ve been the medical director of HealthCare Nepal for the past 16 years.

Favorite yoga pose?
savasana.  I love the feeling at the end of the class to completely relax and just be.

When not on your matt, where can you be found? 
…exploring life

How long have you been practicing and what’s your latest yoga breakthrough? 
I started practicing yoga in September, 2015.  I signed up for your introductory offer, 30 days for $30.  We were having a new roof put on our house that month and I needed to get away from the noise.  I felt relaxed as soon as I walked up to the desk and began to experience the calm, peaceful atmosphere at CCY. I think I went 26 times in 30 days! It was clearly something I needed, and was really working for me. so, I signed up and have been attending regular classes, sampling the wonderful variety of classes you offer.  My latest break through is to be able to do more vinyasa classes every week, feel improvement in my strength and balance. I enjoy the pacing of the classes and the gentle support of the teachers. Yin yoga is still my favorite.

How has yoga impacted my life? 
I’m happier.  I have fewer body aches which I had thought would be with me forever due to aging and sports related injuries in the past.  I am sleeping better. Laughing more. I wish I had seriously taken up yoga twenty or forty years ago.

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