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. […]

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 […]

40 Days – The Beginning.

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If you’re a regular at Blackbird, you may have heard that we’re running a program called 40 Days. It’s based off of Baron Baptiste’s book, 40 Days to Personal Revolution, and it’s a program a lot of Baptiste inspired and affiliated studios run around this time of year. What it basically entitles is getting a bunch of people […]

Redefining a “perfect” body

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I recently read an article on the blog The Not so quiet Feminist called New year, same body-shaming crap. It’s a bit late to bring it up since we typically reserve all the New Year’s resolution hoopla for the first week or so of January, but the author makes a few great points I’d like to touch on. The article […]

3 reasons why teaching yoga is the best job ever.

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So I’ve been teaching yoga on and off now for about two and a half years, and I’ve recently come to several conclusions about teaching. The first and most important is that learning how to teach yoga is the best thing that I ever could have done for myself. Secondly, teaching yoga is the bomb-diggity. […]

Surrender.

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I just came back from Baron Baptiste level two, which means I have so much I want to share with you all that I don’t know where to begin. It’s funny, though, sometimes the things that hit you the hardest are those you expect the least. The phrase I’ve been thinking about most since I […]