Getting a Grip – Catherine Wiggins

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As the semester draws to a close, I’ve found myself struggling to find stability and balance. The mountain of work that has been piling up has, despite my best efforts to wish it away, failed to magically disappear. Recent and impending travel has left me feeling frenzied, disoriented, and out of my routine.  And it […]

Grin and Barre It – Katy Quissell

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After being gone for most of the fall, I am extremely happy to be back in action at Blackbird.  I missed the Blackbird community the most, but I also have to admit how much I missed all of the challenging classes. Jumping back into the heat of power yoga and the intense leg-shaking-pain of barre […]

5 Uses of the Stall Bar – Liz Zaharis

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If you’ve made your way around the studio in recent months you’ll notice a new and very exciting addition, a stall bar. This structure resembles a wide ladder and offers bars at various heights used for countless strength and flexibility exercises within moderation. Remember – never push your body into a stretch its resisting! Here […]

Crows, drop backs, & handstands! – Zainab Zakari

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The recent Halloween and Day of the Dead celebrations have me in a festive mood, yes, but yoga can offer some easy comparisons to what makes us cringe. Are you afraid of the Intermediate class? I’m here to tell you you don’t have to be scared.  First, as the teacher of Thursday’s intermediate class, I’m […]

Yogic Thanksgiving – Tory Jenis

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It’s my Thanksgiving today. I am crashed in bed with my two dogs at my side, snoring with bellies full of turkey from last night’s feast.  Usually, I would have been down cleaning the kitchen, doing the laundry and rushing around the house like a mad woman getting irritated at dirt, hairballs, and cracked plaster. […]

Barre Challenges – Liz Zaharis

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Taking on a new challenge. We’ve all been there. It’s not always easy to push yourself to try something new. Especially when that something is often referred to as a ‘formal self torture routine’ (kidding). Yes, I’m talking about Barre. Not always (never) easy, but I have to admit, I’m in it for the long […]

Noticing Satisfaction – Emily Sanchirico

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In 2009 I went for a run in the rain and felt my hip tear as I kicked up clumps of mud in Central Park. I kept going. I saw numerous turnoffs but wanted to be sure to complete ‘the route’ before heading home. I limped into my apartment, flushed with endorphins, and happily popped off […]

Back to (yoga) School – Jen Baker

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Confession:  I love the first day of school. Coincident with this love of school goes an unnatural adoration of school supplies.  Patanjali tells us in Sutra 1.15 that we yogis should cultivate non-attachment along our path to self-realization as a means to quiet the ego and connect with our true nature, but no one is […]

40 Days – The End.

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So I’m cheating a little bit because the end of the 40 days program is technically tomorrow, but it’s Yoga Tuesday here on hnwcassandra, so deal. It’s been a long, crazy journey to get here. Immediate thoughts? I feel good, internet. Physically good. I crave my practice more then ever. I feel lean, mean and strong on […]

40 Days- The Middle

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Ugh, internet. I had to drag myself to yoga last night. Mom kept coming into the office and pointedly asking me if I was going to get ready to go and Dad threw his yoga clothes on and I was just sitting there on my ass watching Doctor Who (classic, 5th Doctor Tom Baker, season 12, The Androids […]