What do you do when not the friendly face behind the cart?
I am a student at Northeastern University studying Sociology with a minor in Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies. Through the co-op program at Northeastern, I am currently working full time at Jane Doe Inc., the statewide coalition to end domestic violence and sexual assault, doing budget and legislative advocacy work. I am a medical advocate volunteer at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, and beyond that I am a community organizer focusing on anti-racism, immigrant justice, anti-war, and anti-violence work with a particular interest in labor organizing. I am currently a leader of the Huskies Organizing With Labor Coalition (HOWL), the student group at Northeastern organizing with dining hall workers to win a livable wage and affordable healthcare!
Where are you from and what brought you to Boston?
I grew up in San Francisco city, and I came to Boston to study at Northeastern. My entire extended family lives in England (my parents immigrated to the US in '89), but my Grandma grew up in Worcester, so I felt my move was a returning to my family roots in a way.
Fun fact about you?
I have never broken a bone, been stung by a bee, or gotten a bloody nose!
Latest Yoga breakthrough?
I am developing a love for half moon pose. I find it incrediblychallenging because of tightness in my hips, but have been doing a lot of work and am discovering it to be an incredibly rewarding pose!
The instructors at Sadhana are amazing -- I would definitely recommend staying after class, introducing yourself, and asking any specific questions you have about different poses or things you want to work on. They are thrilled to engage and to help.
What has been the most rewarding aspect of being behind the cart?
Seeing the amazing community at Sadhana that welcomes people from all backgrounds and of all levels!
Where are you from and how long have you been in Boston?
I'm originally from Florida but most recently moved from New York City. I moved to Boston last summer.
What was your first yoga class like?
I had practiced here and there when I was younger, but the first class that really started me on the path of yoga was in 2009. It was at a Bikram studio in Las Vegas, NV. I came out drenched and totally exhilarated. What I remember best is that in my second class I understood the poses a little better, and it was much
harder than my first one!
What’s your favorite pose to teach?
That fluctuates all the time in terms of actual poses. What I love best is teaching a pose where you get to see a student have an "aha!" moment that totally changes their practice."
As a practitioner, what pose makes you cringe?
It's hard not to be a teacher with this question! I feel like there's a lot of yoga advertising with up dogs that don't look well aligned, and that makes me cringe a bit.
Where can we find you when you’re off your mat?
Singing, writing, playing with my dog, trying a new restaurant, and right now wedding planning!
What’s your favorite or the most random song on your class playlist right now?
I love ending class with the song "Lullaby" by Trevor Hall.