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FACE BEHIND THE CART: CHRISTINE PAGE

What do you do when not the friendly face behind the cart? christine page
I work as a licensed mental health counselor doing in-home family therapy and teach yoga privately in Boston and Cambridge. You will also find me at concerts and shows all over the city - music is one of my great loves!

Where are you from and what brought you to Boston?
I am from Simsbury, CT and came to Boston for Lesley University's holistic counseling masters program, and I'm returning in the fall for a PhD!

Fun fact about you?
I play the tenor sax and the piano. 

Latest Yoga breakthrough?
Deepening the asanas and practice only using the breath. 

Insiders tip?
Come to Sadhana classes early to get a favorite spot for your mat! I love the breezes in the warm weather when the window is open. 

What has been the most rewarding aspect of being behind the cart?
Meeting the Sadhana community and getting to know some of our Wednesday night regulars.

sara@coolidgeyoga.com

FEACH-A TEACH-A: TARYN MARCORELLE

Where are you from and how long have you been in Boston?taryn wheel
I was born and raised on the North Shore (of Massachusetts). I spent seven years in Washington, DC and it feels like I moved back to Mass just yesterday, but I’ve been here since June 2015!

What was your first yoga class like?
I was in college and it was an extremely crowded, heated class. Mats were lined up within an inch of one another and you broke a sweat the second you stepped into the studio. I was slipping all over the place and feared I was going to fall over, causing a domino effect. But I left curious, and couldn't wait to go back.

What’s your favorite pose to teach?
I love teaching backbends. There are so many variations and modifications, they can be accessible for anyone. I believe in finding your own expression of a backbend, one that you can hold and breath in. Finding what works for you builds confidence and mental strength. If we’re picking favorites I’d have to say urdhva dhanurasana – wheel pose. Try it by supporting your hands with blocks secured against the wall, or with a chair!

As a practitioner, what pose makes you cringe?
Honestly, handstand. It’s a combination from breaking my arm as a child doing gymnastics and a fear of being upside down. But I’m working on it!

Where can we find you when you’re off your mat?
On the beach, reading, drinking tea, or eating pizza. Maybe all four at once.

What’s your favorite or the most random song on your class playlist right now?
My favorite; that’s tough to answer! For the past couple of months I’ve had Beautiful Light by Uppermost, Kerla by Bonobo, The Little Things by Big Gigantic (Kasbo Remix) and any Nujabes song that I can find on my playlists.

joanna@sadhanaboston.com

FACE BEHIND THE CART: REBECCA GREEN

What do you do when not the friendly face behind the cart?

I am a student at Northeastern University studying Sociologyunnamed-9 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!

Insider's tip?

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!


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FEACH-A TEACH-A: KRISTEN SWEENEY

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.

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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.


sara@coolidgeyoga.com

Face Behind The Cart: Melanie Kinney

What do you do when not the friendly face behind the cart?melaniek_copy
By day, I'm the Digital Design Director for G3 Communications. By night, I'm either hanging out with friends, playing volleyball or adventuring around the city! I love doing anything outside, especially when the weather is nice.

Where are you from and what brought you to Boston?
I'm originally from New Jersey, just a short bike ride from the beach. Most recently though, I was living in Hoboken, near NYC. After 4 years there I decided it was time to make a change! I spent some time looking into other cities, before settling on Boston. (I was quite close to being a Nashville resident!).

Fun fact about you?
I just became the proud owner of a french bulldog puppy! Her name is Cassi and I could not have imagined how much she would change my life. I'm enjoying the change and learning so much about both of us!

Latest Yoga breakthrough?
My latest breakthrough would have to be really connecting with myself during class. I'm a fairly competitive person, so letting go of my ego and focusing solely on my body & mind during class has been not only a goal, but an adjustment. I find that I'm able to get so much more out of the practice when I listen to myself and accept wherever I am on that particular day.

Insiders tip?
It took me 6 months to reach this breakthrough! My tip would be don't give up and don't get frustrated. Some days are easier than others, but eventually you find your rhythm.

What has been the most rewarding aspect of being behind the cart?Getting to know everyone has by far been the most rewarding aspect of the work/study program! Being behind the cart has allowed me to meet and familiarize myself with many of our fellow yogis. I also love getting to know the instructors.

caity@sadhanaboston.com

Face Behind The Cart: Eliza Petri

image1What do you do when not the friendly face behind the cart?
I work at a 9-5 job in promotions, which has been teaching me about the many intricacies of business and marketing. But my dream is to live small and support a community, so Sadhana really keeps me grounded and inspired.  

Where are you from and what brought you to Boston?
I’m form the South Coast of Massachusetts, the geographical armpit of New England, which is absolutely adorable. Growing up I was always enamored with Boston. I think because I grew up going to the historical district of New Bedford the cobble stone streets of Beacon Hill have always felt familiar… Acorn street will forever have my heart. But I came for college about seven years ago and haven’t left! 

Fun fact about you?
I grew up in front of a sheep farm, and as a child I would help raise the lambs that became motherless. Their tails bounce all over the place when they drink milk from the bottle and it’s the cutest thing in the world. 

Latest Yoga breakthrough?
I really believe that yoga is a process, so my latest breakthrough has probably taken over a year to really stick and has had little to do with the progress of my physical practice. I’ve always been a pretty competitive person and found that in my vinyassa yoga practice I was being super competitive with myself.  I became easily frustrated if I felt more off balance, or not as flexible, or not a strong as I had the day before.  So over the last year I’ve been working on becoming mindful and just noticing. When I notice, rather than scold, I’m able to more clearly tune-in to my body and listen to what its telling me it needs. 

Insiders tip?
Be patient with yourself, and if you’re in search of a loving and supportive community Sadhana really is a great one, so just show up and snuggle in! Also, if you’re looking for a post flow nibble Toro has the best tapas on the planet (get the brussles sprouts). 

What has been the most rewarding aspect of being behind the cart?
All of the hugs and smiles! I also love watching people laugh as I attempt to spell their last names.

caity@sadhanaboston.com

Face Behind the Cart: Wilhelm Engelbrecht

unnamedWhat do you do when not the friendly face behind the cart?
I am an event planner at Harvard Medical School, which is ridiculously fun job to have.

Where are you from and what brought you to Boston?
I was born and raised in South Africa, and came to America ten years ago. I came to Boston for love, and stayed for the city. I've never connected with any place as much as Boston. The vibe, the weather, the people, it all fits me really well.

Fun fact about you?
I love reading webcomics! Currently I am following over 30 active ones and have read many more.

Latest Yoga breakthrough?
Sitting in a 45 minute meditation session.

Insiders tip?
Incorporating some time every day for meditation isn't nearly as difficult as it may appear. Even 5 minutes in the morning or before bed can make a big impact.

What has been the most rewarding aspect of being behind the cart?
Watching the community of Sadhana begin to grow over the months. Seeing the regulars always brings a smile to my face.

caity@sadhanaboston.com

FEACH-A TEACH-A: LAKOTA ELISE SANDOE

lakota 4Where are you from and how long have you been in boston?
I'm originally from Lowell MA, aka Mill City, home of the late, great, beat poet, Jack Kerouac. I went to high school just outside of Boston in the nineties so Harvard Square and Newbury Street were my adolescent stomping grounds. It wasn't until 2008 that i called the Boston area my home. 8 years later it really feels like home!

What was your first yoga class like?
My first class was an elective at my progressive artsy high school. It was Kundalini yoga so there was lots of chanting, heavy breath work and holding your arms in ridiculous shapes for way too long! But what got me hooked instantly was the feeling, the shift in energy, and the ability to fully relax at the end of a class. This is still what fascinates me about the practice.

What’s your favorite pose to teach?
This and the following question are interesting in tandem. I often teach a pose i'm currently trying to hate less, lol. So for example, after my second pregnancy and childbirth, warrior three: dakasana, was what i call a nemesis pose. I couldn't do it for a while because it hurt my low back. Until i learned to heal the parts of my body that had taken a beating and strengthen my core again i hated and avoided this pose. Once i had learned to find real support and stabilize my SI joint (low back) i began practicing this a lot and therefore teaching it a lot. These days it's one of my staples and i am still teaching it a lot! It feels amazing to feel you're strong and flying like an arrow!

As a practitioner, what pose makes you cringe?
These days i'm healing up a little inner thigh pull so utthita hasta padangustasana a,b and c are nemesis poses for me. And so, of course, i'm teaching them a lot. I prefer not to only teach poses i feel i've mastered (after 20 yrs practicing, i've mastered one, childs pose ;) I like for my students to see that there's stuff i'm working on and also that practice changes.. what was once easy now takes some work, and what was once impossible is now steady and sweet. Life is full of change and surprises. Yoga gives us the tools to navigate those changes gracefully.

Where can we find you when you’re off your mat?
Walking my huge puppy! He's a labradane-pitbull mix. He's huge and black and shiny and loves to trot around town and goose people!

What’s your favorite or the most random song on your class playlist right now?
I seriously have too much good music to answer this question honestly right now. I'm a music junky. Sometimes i think it's the best thing about my classes ;) but, let's see, there's this song Obvs, by Jamie XX, that keeps popping up in my playlist and is so good it makes me want to cry! And it's amazing to flow to. So that's my pick!

Come play!

caity@sadhanaboston.com

Feach-a Teach-a: Elizabeth Heller

ElizabethheadshotWhere are you from and how long have you been in Boston?
I was born in California and lived in Illinois, Louisiana, Florida, and Georgia growing up!

What was your first yoga class like?
Heaven! I felt so calm and energized at the same time!

What’s your favorite pose to teach?
Downward dog with feet up on the wall! (kids LOVE this one!)

As a practitioner, what pose makes you cringe?
Warrior I — my body always screams oh no! And then I breathe and do what I can in that moment!

Where can we find you when you’re off your mat?
Reading kid’s book, at my son’s lacrosse games, and anywhere outside (especially when it snows!)

What’s your favorite or the most random song on your class playlist right now?
The Beatles — All You Need is LOVE!

caity@sadhanaboston.com

FEACH-A TEACH-A: EMILY PETERSON

crop emily blueWhere are you from and how long have you been in Boston?
I am from Westlake Village California - I've been in Boston for going on 11 years.

What was your first yoga class like?
I started yoga at home with videotapes - I did it that way for a long time. My first class was a mess. It was hot yoga - I wasn't prepared at all. I was sweating all over the place, sliding all over the place and fell and knocked over my friend. I almost didn't go back :)

What’s your favorite pose to teach?
My favorite pose to teach is bananasana as it's arguably my favorite to do. Helps so much with my chronic back pain.

As a practitioner, what pose makes you cringe?
Sirsasana (headstand).

Where can we find you when you’re off your mat?
If it's at all nice out, when I'm off the mat I am at Jamaica Pond. Come visit!!!

What’s your favorite or the most random song on your class playlist right now?
I don't play music in yin class.

What is sassy reiki?
Sassy reiki is me dancing around the studio waving my arms sending everyone energy :) Basically it's me being a goofball :)

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