Support the NAACP LDF

Cardio Flow: Saturday June 13 9:00am Email for Zoom link info! Over the past few months since the beginning of Covid quarantine I have been offering free online livestream classes and recorded videos. I have been recommending various organizations to support instead of asking for payment. This week, Ive set up a page to  help support the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. During this time, the fight to defend civil and human rights has never been more critical.  Together we can help win landmark legal battles, protect […]

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Support Flying Kites

Flying Kites Academy and Teacher training center in Kenya is helping families in rural Africa. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, vulnerable families in Flying Kites’ rural community are unable to work and running out of food.  In response, Flying Kites is assembling one-month Emergency Relief Packs for 10,000 students and their families, and for $27 you can provide a family of 8 with enough food for a month. (Similar to the cost of one typical yoga/barre/spin class ) I hope […]

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Sunday May 24 9:30am

Join for an energizing core flow class. Great way to start your week!! A challenging all levels flow class focused on building core strength. Gain flexibility, stability and peace of mind… In lieu of payment for class let’s help local families in need during this crisis! Please consider a donation of any amount to Cradles to Crayons, an organization that provides essentials such as clothing, diapers, school and art supplies, books, and hygiene items to local children in need. Contact […]

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Support The Second Step

I am offering free online live stream classes on Zoom and Instagram and videos you can practice anytime. In lieu of charging for class, please consider donating to The Second Step The Second Step is a Newton-based organization that provides safety planning, legal services, counseling, and other essential services to women who have experienced domestic violence. COVID-19 has presented additional challenges for these women including increased risk of abuse and isolation, and heightened difficulty escaping danger. Many are also experiencing […]

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Where to donate money during Coronavirus Outbreak

We are all affected by Covid-19 Epidemic and there are many ways we can help to stop the spread of the disease and help everyone affected. Here is a list of some organizations that can do even more with your support. Think Globally Act Locally! Just Human Productions Information is key at this time and getting it from a reliable source that is on the front lines is the best place. Just Human Productions produces great content to keep us […]

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17 years of Boston Yoga…

I registered www.bostonyoga.com in October 2000 with my friend Natalie (Graber) Smith during our 6 week ‘Ana Forrest yoga teacher’ training in Seattle. Lucky for us, yoga teacher training was not a trend yet so we were taught by one of the greatest yoga masters among a small group.  Wanting to promote our upcoming yoga teaching career we discovered that lots of URLs were available and bostonyoga.com, seemed like a good idea. Simultaneously a former boss from an internet company […]

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Core Strength to relieve low back pain

Enjoy this sequence of poses to relieve low back pain, prevent further injury, tone and strengthen core. Start slowly, take deep breaths, modify as much as you need. Be kind to yourself. (Thank you Nirva Patel for posing!) Cobra Push ups (Bhujangasana) 2. Forearm plank with leg circles.   3. High Plank (Utthita Chaturanga Dandasana) with gentle shoulder taps 3. Bridge (Setu bandha sarvagansana) with leg lift variations

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Living Joyfully

Every week I have the honor to teach one of my favorite classes,  ‘chair yoga’ at the appropriately named ‘Joyful Living Adult Day Health Center’.  The participants ages range from 70s-90s and although we practice a gentle sequence using chairs as support, they are very physically healthy, mentally alert and emotionally peaceful. Not many words are exchanged… I don’t speak Mandarin or Cantonese and they don’t speak English, but after teaching them for over a year it is clear that the […]

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9 Yoga Poses for Cyclists

Yoga is an amazing complement to cycling. It can help alleviate any sore muscles, strain, or tension caused by being on a bike. It involves deep breathing exercises that can really help to prepare you for a bike ride or help relax you after a bike ride, and it helps strengthen your core muscles to maintain a healthy posture and prevent sore back muscles.

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Music in Yoga Class

  Music in yoga class is an interesting and divisive topic in the yoga community. Many teachers in the yoga community are quick to categorize music used in yoga classes as ‘not serious’ yoga. Some of my earliest teachers told me that using music in class was like ‘cheating’, because the inspiration would be externally driven (by the music) and not come from within. But I often wondered… what would some of the greatest musicians say about that comment? When […]

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