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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.

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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!

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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!

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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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FEACH-A TEACH-A: SARA BIONDELLO


FullSizeRender_(1)_copyWhere are you from and how long have you been in Boston?

I’m from kind of all over but mostly Connecticut, and I’ve been in Boston full-time for the past two years. New England has always felt like home to me, so it’s a pretty good fit.

What was your first yoga class like?
I was dragged to my first class against my will! It was a giant, two-floor community class in New York and I was wildly intimidated, but I survived, and I never expected to step foot in a studio again. It wasn’t until years later that I decided to revisit vinyasa and it was love at first asana.

What’s your favorite pose to teach?
There’s something really special about seeing someone conquer a fear and find lift-off in crow for the first time.

As a practitioner, what pose makes you cringe?
Bow (dhanurasana). Nope, just nope! I’ll do it, but I won’t be happy about it. For now I’m hoping to find some peace in it.

Where can we find you when you’re off your mat?
I have a touch of the wanderlust, so I’m usually plotting the next trip. When I’m home I’m in my kitchen; it may be tiny but I make the most of it! Cooking real, nourishing meals is my way of showing love, both to others and myself.

What’s your favorite or the most random song on your class playlist right now?
I’m currently obsessed with Rising Water by James Vincent McMorrow and Friends by Francis and the Lights featuring Bon Iver and Kanye West, a wonderfully random collaboration!

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