Featch-ah Teach-ah: Colleen Butaney

Where are you from and how long have you been in Boston?
I am originally from Buffalo, NY but have lived all over the US including Ithaca NY, Santa Cruz CA, Miami FL, NYC, and Boston. It will be 10 years this coming September that I have lived here.

What was your first yoga class like?
I loved it. It was at the Himalayan Institute in Buffalo NY back in 1996. It was incredibly relaxing. I remember really loving child's pose.

What’s your favorite pose to teach?
Warrior 2 (Virabhadrasana II).

As a practitioner, what pose makes you cringe?
Bakasana (Crow Pose) Advanced Variations.

Where can we find you when you’re off your mat?
Hanging out with my family: My 2 year old daughter Aria Star, My Husband RJ, and our dog, Bodhi. You may also find me in my home studio - practicing the guitar or harmonium, writing & singing music, or prepping for the classes I teach.

What’s your favorite or the most random song on your class playlist right now?
Teyata (Shamans Dream Remix) by Deva Premal.

Catch Colleen Thursdays at 2 p.m. for Mom & Baby Yoga!

Yogi of the Month: Ann Wong

Name: Ann Wong Ann_200x335

Occupation: Stay-at-home mom of 3

Fun fact about you: I enjoy singing!  Usually in the car but occasionally in public (when no one's around, of course).

Favorite yoga pose: I like the transition of up-dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana) to down-dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana).

When not on your mat, where can you be found? In my free time, I jog, take MOOC classes, try new and mostly healthy foods, and volunteer.
How long have you been practicing and what's your latest yoga breakthrough? My yoga journey started in November 2013 at CCY!  I had read about yoga's health benefits and I thought planking was fun.  Along the way, there have been small breakthroughs (and big life lessons) such as thinking I could never do a handstand or headstand (technically, I'm not there yet but I'm not afraid to try) and signing up for class or workshop different from my usual practice (it's energizing to step out of my comfort zone every now and then).

How has yoga impacted your life? Yoga has changed my life immensely.  On a physical level, I've noticed my neck stiffness disappear, more defined muscles, and lower blood pressure.  And who knew that a stronger core, deeper breathing, and "active feet" could increase the distance I jog?  However, yoga has meant more to me on a personal level with a newfound sense of awareness and appreciation of life.  Now, I truly enjoy the songs I sing even though my voice is a bit lacking.

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