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.