Feach-a Teach-a: Tara Jackson


Where are you from and how long have you been in Boston?
I'm from Dorchester, Massachusetts, one of the cities that make up Boston.

What was your first yoga class like?
It was at a gym on Newbury St. I was very excited because I really wanted to do a split and I knew yoga would get me there. I left that class feeling different than any other class is taken before. It was that experience that got me hooked.

What’s your favorite pose to teach?
Currently I don't have one.

As a practitioner, what pose makes you cringe?
Navasana (Boat Pose)! But I'm working on having a better relationship with it.

Where can we find you when you’re off your mat?
Either on a plane or at a restaurant.

What’s your favorite or the most random song on your class playlist right now?
 "You Make Me Feel so Young" by Curtis Stigers

Face Behind the Desk: Jahnavi Bhangley

11990584_10103476562238210_9217202736285431467_nWhat do you do when not the friendly face behind the desk?
I work full-time as a producer for an advertising agency in Boston. 

Where are you from and what brought you to Boston?
I am originally from Marlboro, New Jersey. I moved up to Boston in 2006 for my undergraduate work at Boston University. I loved Boston so much that I stuck around! My first serious yoga class was a Forrest Yoga class with Rachel Bairstow in 2009. I have practiced with her ever since. 

Fun fact about you? 
Aside from yoga, I'm really passionate about martial arts, and have studied kung fu, muay thai and am currently learning brazilian jiu jitsu. Yoga has been a huge help in making sure I'm strong and healthy in all of these activities. 

Latest Yoga breakthrough? 
I recently took a trip to India and met and studied with a yoga/varma therapist in Bangalore in the effort to help heal chronic injuries. The trip provided profound insight about my physical body, my internal constitution, and the true nature of my heart and mind. I learned how to properly breathe and gained the knowledge and tools to help relieve tension both in my body and mind.

Insiders tip?
If you're working with ANY sort of injury, pain, or if you're just having an off day (mentally or physically), I recommend sharing your experience with your yoga teacher. The teachers at CCY are some of the most receptive and knowledgeable yoga practitioners I have had the pleasure and honor to work with.  They will be able to provide you the tools and knowledge you need for your own body and personal experience. You'll be able to take your practice to the next level, in the healthiest, safest way possible.  

What has been the most rewarding aspect of being behind the desk?
The thing I love most about being behind the desk at CCY is the sense of community that the studio provides. I love getting to know all the students coming in for class, helping new members learn more about CCY and everything it has to offer, and the warmth the CCY staff and work-studies provide. 

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