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FACE BEHIND THE CART: JESSIE KALOS

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I like to travel, read, ride my bike, and play with my kitty Binx!

 

Where are you from and what brought you to Boston?

I'm originally from CT, but I lived in Los Angeles for 3 and a half years, and after moving home, I realized I missed being in a city. Boston was my next stop, and I've been here for two years!

 

Fun fact about you?

While doing ancestry research a few years, I found out that my ancestors came from Sparta, Greece! WE ARE SPARTA!

 

Latest Yoga breakthrough?

I'm so close to mastering the flying pigeon pose (eka pada galavasana)!

 

Insiders tip? 

Patience, and Practice.

 

What has been the most rewarding aspect of being behind the cart?

Feeling like I'm part of a community, and meeting so many new people! It's been a truly wonderful experience.


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FEACHA TEACHA: RAQUEL MARRA

raquel sq2Where are you from and how long have you been in Boston?
I am originally from NYC, but spent the last few years splitting my time between Ludlow, VT and Westport, Connecticut.  I have been in Boston full time since March 2017.

 

What was your first yoga class like?
My first yoga class was at a gym in midtown Manhattan during my lunch hour 16 years ago.  The class time just happened to fit in my schedule that day.  Using my breath in union with my movement came naturally to me as my workouts were mostly boxing and martial arts based at that time.  I left intrigued but not in love.  My passion for yoga developed slowly over years.  It became a part of me when I found myself able to turn to my practice during a very difficult time of my life, not as a method of escape, but as an incredibly powerful way to connect to my Self.

 

What’s your favorite pose to teach?
Handstand.

 

As a practitioner, what pose makes you cringe?
Bound Parivrtta Parsvakonasana (bound revolved side angle).

 

Where can we find you when you’re off your mat?
In the winter I am skiing. When it’s raining, there’s no place like home with my dog. I spend an incredible amount of time on the sidelines of soccer and lacrosse games cheering on my boys.

 

What’s your favorite or the most random song on your class playlist right now?
I absolutely love music and my tastes change constantly. Right now I’m obsessed with Corazon Negro by Matanza.


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FEACHA TEACHA: JOANNA ROSENBERG

Where​ ​are​ ​you​ ​from​ ​and​ ​how​ ​long​ ​have​ ​you​ ​been​ ​in​ ​Boston? joanna compass
I'm from Westford, MA. After college we lived out in the western part of the state for a little while (the Connecticut River was just behind a line of trees in a farm field behind our home!), but eventually wondered how city living might be. I'd grown up visiting my Nana in Brookline, so Boston had a natural draw and here we are! Been here since 2014.

 

What​ ​was​ ​your​ ​first​ ​yoga​ ​class​ ​like?

While at school at NYU's Tisch, I lived right in Union Square in NYC. I wandered into a Bikram yoga studio on 12th St one day, looking for a workout that would burn the most energy and ease my anxiety. I had no idea what Bikram meant or that I'd feel like I was melting. Even though that particular style of yoga never quite called to me, I remember feeling so much quieter after class, in the most soothing kind of way.

 

What’s​ ​your​ ​favorite​ ​pose​ ​to​ ​teach?

Hmm, I think this changes all the time. Maybe camel pose (ustrasana),heart growing light and shining light! Or child's pose (balasana), coming back to the earth.

 

As​ ​a​ ​practitioner,​ ​what​ ​pose​ ​makes​ ​you​ ​cringe? 

Hmm again. Garudasana/eagle pose is never what I want to hear a teacher say, but I don't know why. Something to explore, for sure.

 

Where​ ​can​ ​we​ ​find​ ​you​ ​when​ ​you’re​ ​off​ ​your​ ​mat?

 Biking, reading, writing, walking, hanging with my husband Trevor, hiking, rock climbing, oceaning. 

 

What’s your favorite or the most random song on your class playlist​ ​right​ ​now? 

 Look at the River by Ayla Nereo. So, so, so good!


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YOGI OF THE MONTH: JENDY DUNLOP

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Jendy Dunlop

 

Occupation?

Program Manager of a regional multidisciplinary healthcare coalition engaged in emergency preparedness planning and response. Since receiving a MPH (Master of Public Health) I have been working in the public health and health sector emergency preparedness for nearly 10 years. Never a dull moment! 

 

Fun fact​ about you?​

I've been known to snort when I get laughing really hard. And since I love to laugh, this can be somewhat of a frequent occurrence. On a more serious note, music is one of my biggest passions in life. I studied classical piano for over 12 years growing up and also was a member of school choral groups.  These days, I'm more of a music listener/appreciator! That being said, I've wanted to learn more about the music production industry and how to DJ for awhile now, so that might have to be one of my next fun projects.

 

Favorite yoga pose?

Savasana! Oh, that's everyone's favorite pose, you say?  Ok, Urdhva Dhanurasana, or Wheel Pose. I love how big of a heart opener it is at the same time your perspective is upside down and shifted. Lessons in life right there folks!

 

When not on your mat, where can you be found?

Frolicking around outdoors, exploring, seeking out adventures, especially in the warmer weather! Where is the fun? Because that's where I want to be! Aside from the yoga studio (which is most definitely my happy place), soaking up some rays of sun at the beach with a good book in one hand and an iced coffee in the other is basically paradise. I'm also in my element on the dance floor or when checking out a band/live music at various venues around the city.  
 

How long have you been practicing and what's your latest yoga breakthrough?

I've been practicing yoga for a little over a year and a half now. From the moment I stepped onto the mat, I felt so alive, like I had arrived and was truly meeting myself for the first time in a long time.  Just earlier this month, I completed my 200 hr yoga teacher training through the New School of Yogic Arts with Laura Ahrens and Tatyana Souza. It was a magical experience from start to finish that I consider myself so blessed to have been a part of. I'm excited to continue the path of learning and growing on this journey that has only just begun.  

 

How has yoga impacted your life?

I could probably write a book here, but I'll just say that it has been the catalyst for deeper awareness and mindfulness, spirituality, self study (svadhyaha), gratitude, self-love, and contentment. There are so many lessons reinforced on the mat that you can't help but take with you out into the world. And that is the point of yoga. Perhaps the most noticeable area of growth in my life since starting yoga has been increasing ability to be patient with myself and the process, whether that relates to a particularly challenging pose or a situation in life; learning to trust and enjoy the journey and not be so focused on the destination. And that feels GREAT.


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FACE BEHIND THE CART: SYLVIE MANNING

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

I am usually adventuring in the woods somewhere. I am currently hiking all the 4000 footers in New England and have been spending much of my time in NH. If I am not outside, I can be found snuggled under a blanket with my 2 pit bulls and a lot of coffee. 

 

Where are you from and what brought you to Boston?

I am originally from Winchester, MA. I spent a lot of time traveling and began to miss my family (the majority of them live in MA because they love the Red Sox). So about 3 years ago I decided to move back to the area. It has been really nice to reconnect with family, be home for all the holidays, spend time with my niece and nephew, and begin a yoga practice. It has been worth enduring the latest polar vortex!

 

Fun fact about you?

I have lived in Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, Utah, California, Germany, England, and France.

 

Latest Yoga breakthrough?

My biggest break through has been finding balance in my life on and off the mat. I tend to do all things at a thousand miles per hour until I crash and then I find my self in a state of exhaustion, unable to muster up much energy to do anything. I have learned that if my life is feeling very go, go, go to balance it with a slower practice like Yin/Gentle/Restorative practice. If I am feeling lethargic or inactive I like to take a more energetic class like Vinyasa or Core Flow. This lesson has helped me to feel more grounded and stable in my life on and off the mat. 

 

Insiders tip?

Say hi to your neighbor (: Once I began to connect to people and teachers within the space it made me want to practice more often. As I began to practice more often, my life became more serene. As my life became more serene, I was able to focus on things that truly matter. Yoga and this community has truly impacted my life in a very positive way and I have had amazing conversations with wonderful human beings.

 

What has been the most rewarding aspect of being behind the cart?

I love connecting with people. Feeling part of a community, especially a community as powerful as Sadhana's, is very special and life changing. I enjoy spending time in the South End, with the people in that community, drinking espresso at Jaho, eating goodies from Flour, and being able to practice in such a beautiful space.