Post Yoga Smoothie Recipe

POST-YOGA SMOOTHIE RECIPE

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Very often I come home from yoga class and I am not sure what to eat. I want to nourish my body with good food but I also want to be full. Smoothies always seem to be somewhat of a happy medium of being healthy and wanting to eat a pizza.  My favorite way to make a smoothie is to check out my kitchen and see what is available. This was a pretty random blend of goodies but I wanted to share what I made!

Essentials:
1 ripe banana
1 cucumber (peel on)
juice of 1 small lemon
1/2-1 cup of fresh blueberries and rasberries
1/2 cup acai juice
1 single serving of coconut water

Add some ice sprinkle some fresh berries on top and ENJOY!

 

Summer Beach Yoga

If you are going to be spending some time at the beach summer, use the sand as your studio. Grab your bathing suit and your friends and hit the waters edge with these few poses that will connect you to your core, open your hips and open your heart.  After this practice you can squat into your best malasana as you build a sandcastle or work your handstand under the sea. 

 

Downward Dog

Downward Dog

Anjaneyasana

Anjaneyasana

Warrior 2

Warrior 2

Triangle

Triangle

 

Malasana

Malasana

Bakasana

Bakasana

Lovely Ladies of the Three Queens WEX Team

This week I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing some of our members of the Three Queens Yoga WEX Team. These ladies truly are a group of dedicated, committed and enthusiastic yogis who care very deeply about Three Queens. The work exchange program is comprised of 15 men and women who hold down the desk, promote the studio work together to make the studio the best it can be. Here is a little more about these wonderful women:

Sam Apgar

Sam Apgar

How did you get involved with the  Work Exchange Team at Three Queens Yoga?
When I moved to Queen Village a friend suggested we go to a workshop at the studio together. I enjoyed it so much I asked if there were any work exchange opportunities and here I am!

What do you love about WEX?
The sense of community at the Three Queens yoga is so fantastic. I love getting to be a part of that community!

Tell me a few things about yourself?
When I'm not at the yoga studio I'm an active volunteer with the Wilma Theater and Planned Parenthood Southeastern PA. 

Favorite part of your practice and what you are working towards?
I'd never worked on inversions before coming to Three Queens yoga. Getting into "L" pose felt so hard at first - now I love it! I'm working towards getting that solid and then eventually going for an actual handstand!

 

Claire Jaffe

Claire Jaffe

How did you get involved with the  Work Exchange Team at Three Queens Yoga? 
I loved the classes at Three Queens, and the lovely Mariel took pity on my grad school-related zero income - I began working in exchange for classes, and got even more hooked! 

What do you love about WEX?
Of course, the classes are incredible, but what I love most about WEX is the community it offers. When you start WEX, you're instant family, no questions asked. 

Tell me a few things about yourself?
Hmmm... I'm a morning person (a rare breed); my favorite food is sea urchin; I will probably hug you when I meet you (barnacle status); I learned to ride a bike last summer (...really); I'm in the super long process of getting my doctorate in Clinical Psychology. My dad is preemptively calling me "Dr. Bear." It's bad. 

Favorite part of your practice and what you are working towards? 
I love inversions and a good, long forward fold. Working towards looking super fancy and controlled on my way upside down. I'm decidedly not there yet. But getting better!

Cant live without...??
Wine and petting strangers' puppies. And mascara, let's be real.

Becca Little

Becca Little


How did you get involved with the  Work Exchange Team at Three Queens Yoga?
I joined work exchange at Three Queens two and a half years ago when my dear friend Alison invited me to begin practicing at the studio. I've been with the team ever since! 

What do you love about WEX?
I spent a great deal of time moving around from city to city, Philly is the first place that I've felt rooted in and a huge part of that stems from my community at Three Queens. It is a pleasure to have such a connected community and a sense of place at 3QY. I love that when I walk in it feels like home. 


Tell me a few things about yourself?

I have been a runner my entire life and came to yoga as a way to protect myself from injury. I work in the non-profit sector for an organization that uses community and physical wellness to combat homelessness. My passion,ideology, and drive comes from this sense of place and belonging rooted in holistic wellness and it is an honor to be able to live that out both in my profession and in my small role as a WEXer at Three Queens.

Favorite part of your practice and what you are working towards?

Before I started practicing with Mariel, I couldn't even do a push-up! I love that I am constantly growing in my practice in little ways I never even thought would be accessible. Recently, I've started taking Basics classes again which has been so fantastic because it has reconnected me with the fundamentals of the practice which are always there and can always be refined. 

Cant live without...??

Running is something that is incredibly important to me, but i know that it is not sustainable without caring for my body and being smart about my joints and muscles. Without yoga, I would not be able to run and running is something I can't live without (at least currently!) 


 

Emily Dinan

Emily Dinan

How did you get involved with the  Work Exchange Team at Three Queens Yoga?
I'd been a student at Three Queens for over a year before joining the Work Exchange Team.  Initially, I joined to make yoga teacher training more affordable.  The work exchange program is an awesome way to reduce the cost of yoga and gain access to an amazing yogi community!

What do you love about WEX?

I love the sense of community I get from the WEX program.  I enjoy learning everyone's names, having conversations and getting to know the awesome Three Queens clientele.  I feel more involved in the Queen Village yoga scene since starting work exchange.  I also learn so much from spending more time around the teachers at the studio.

Tell me a few things about yourself?
I prefer to be barefoot, love plants and have 59 first cousins!

Favorite part of your practice and what you are working towards?
I love any pose that opens my hips and shoulders.  Lately, I've been working on bringing more attention to my core and not sinking into my lower back. 

Cant live without…??
Green tea and bananas :)

Interview with Katie Gould

This week I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing the talented, brilliant and strong Katie Gould. Katie has a great energy that she gives to all of her students and friends. She is a remarkable trainer who never fails to kick my tush in Core Fusion each week.  Katie encourages her students to be strong and confident on and off the mat. Katie truly has a special way of teaching, practicing and motivating all of the members of the Three Queens community. Here is a little more about Katie!


What do you love about teaching at Three Queens Yoga? 

I love the students!  I love the deep feeling of community that the studio has cultivated. I love being able to teach in space that makes you feel taken care of and at home. The studio truly is transcendent place that makes you feel like you can let go and be with your practice. 

When did you first become interested in fitness and yoga?

I have been interested in fitness, yoga and movement since I was a teenager. I was an athlete in high school as well as a dancer.  I achieved my NASM certification in 2008 and my 200 hour yoga teacher training certification in 2009 from Dhyana Yoga. Since then I have lived in New York and pursued yoga and fitness at Equinox and Pogo.  Then I moved back to Philadelphia and began teaching at Sweat gym where I met Mariel. Since I have been back in Philadelphia, I have studied functional movement systems and alignment.  I am part of the Strong First trained and am the only woman in Philadelphia with the Strong First certification. I also am training men and women in how to lift Russian Kettlebells. This summer I am also training for a triathlon. 

What song best describes your life?

“Fast Car”- Tracy Chapman

What is your person practice these days?

I have a strict six days a week fitness and yoga routine. Two days of yoga, everyday myofascial and mobility, Three days of cardio, Four to five days of strength training.  I always incorporate kettlebells, barbell dead lifts, pull ups and calisthenics. 

How do you hope your students feel after a yoga class?

I hope the feel inspired, energized and confident. 

Must read book?
Miraculous Life of Edgar Mint by Brady Eudall

What part of the practice was difficult for you at first and how did you overcome it?

I am currently working on slowing my mind down during my practice.  My practice can be very aggressive and I am working on allowing myself to soften.

What superpower would you like to have?

The ability to be in two places at once.  I want to be training and teaching my students and on a beach somewhere!
Words to live by…

Never let the sunset without resolving your anger. 

Can’t live without….

Sunshine, Sandwiches, Airplanes, Dark Chocolate, Havarti and Dill Cheese, Steak, My Family, My Large Modern Family, Bike, Internet and Goals.

Favorite Place in the world?

Sea Island, GA. and any place that has sunshine, lush trees, soft breeze, a cool drink and the sound of nature. 

What is next for you?

I have made a lot of changes in the past two years and I am not looking to make too many new changes coming up! I want to deepen my level of engagement where I am in order to see more opportunities down the line. I love my community, my boyfriend, my house and my teachers  I have a lot of love where I am right now.

 

An Interview With Carrie Borgenicht

This week I had the pleasure of interviewing one of our beloved students, Carrie Borgenicht.  Carrie is a local business owner of Earthly Delights.  Carrie specializes in gardening and urban design. Carrie is a South Philly resident who has been practicing at Three Queens since it's opening in 2012. Here is my candid and delightful interview with Carrie.

 

What do you love about practicing at Three Queens Yoga?

Honestly, it is convenient and in the neighborhood. I like to interact with people in the community and this is a great way to connect with my Queen village neighbors.  Also, I started practicing with Mariel at Sweat years ago and followed her over to Three Queens (formerly DIG Yoga).

When did you take your first yoga class?

I took my first yoga class in college at Rutgers. It was in the gym and I just went a few times. 
Fifteen years later, I moved to Philly and started practicing at the 12th Street gym in Center CIty.  I remember when Mariel said in class about exercising in Sanskrit and I knew that was what I was doing in my practice.  Now I can see the connection between emotional and mental well being. 
I had tried different types of exercise like jogging, aerobics and elliptical and everything felt like torture and yoga was the first that didn't feel like torture. I don’t know if I love it right away but I didn't hate it.

What is your favorite pose and least favorite pose?

Least Favorite Pose: Warrior 2.  I just want to say that Alison is only one that has taught a Mixed Level without Warrior 2 in it, thank you.

Favorite Pose:  I really enjoy backbends and inversions and I can do them.  It is really  cool and thrilling to be able to do those poses. I was always clumsy in my body and now that I can do back be it feels really good. 

How do you spend your days?

 I am a small business owner in the city, Earthly Delights. I am gardener who specializes in urban design. and now is my primetime season.  One of the benefits of having my yoga practice is that in my busy season I am bending and kneeling , raking, shoveling, and weeding flowers and grass all day. My practice allows me to focus on the alignment not only in class but while I am working. In the winter when I am not working in the garden yoga gives me a way to stay physically because I would sit on the couch all day. I am glad that Three Queens is in neighborhood and  the studio gives me an opportunity to get off the couch. I have my home on Air B and B. I love sharing my neighboorhood, community and my city with travelers all around the world. 


Can’t live without…

Plants, Animals and Yoga.

It was a real treat to spend time with Carrie and find out more about her life and practice. Enjoy the post and see you next time!

XO, Alison

 

 


 

 

New To Yoga

Breath, Body, Mind and Curiosity: These are the key essentials when beginning a practice. Being able to allow yourself to be with your breath, give your mind a break, take your body on a new journey and the curiosity to give the practice a chance. 

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An Interview with Stephanie Berliner

Welcome to the first post of the Three Queens Yoga Blog. Every few weeks I will be interviewing and highlighting members of our brilliant Three Queens family. This week I had the absolute pleasure of drinking coffee, chatting about life and interviewing Stephanie Berliner. We had an enchanting conversation that allowed me to get a deeper look into the life of a true, bright and talented yogi.

Stephanie discovered yoga in 2001, and it was love at first asana. Unlike anything else, the practice just made sense to her, and it has led her to countless “Aha!” moments both on and off the mat. She has always felt compelled to share the beauty and light of yoga with others, and in 2011 completed her 250 hour teaching certification at Wake Up Yoga.

Her teaching style is precise and alignment-focused, and she seeks to add levity and bits of yogic philosophy to each class. Stephanie invites students to challenge themselves and find their edge in order to dive more deeply into themselves with each practice. Stephanie has completed trainings with Justica DeClue, Corina Benner and Victoria Ladd; and her mentor, Biz Magarity. Stephanie is in the process of completing her 500 hour certification with Laughing Lotus NYC.

What do you love about teaching at Three Queens Yoga?

I love the neighborhood! I used to spend a lot of time in Queen Village and it is great to be back here. I also love the students at Three Queens.  They have great body awareness and really solid foundation.  I also love Mariel, Erick and the staff at the studio. 

When did you take your first yoga class?

I took my first yoga class in 2001. I started with a Bikram yoga video that I would do in my living room everyday. Then in 2003, I was introduced to Iyengar. After studying Iyengar for a few years in 2008 I started practicing Vinyasa. Then in 2012, I started practicing Anusara yoga.  

What song best describes your approach to life?

Ooh La La by The Faces. 

What is your personal practice like these days?

Right now, Im not too rigid in my practice. It really is whatever I am feeling like doing that day.  I will always do a few sun salutations, handstand, backbends, supta virasana and of course savasana!

Must read book?

The Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson and How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer.  I keep How to Breathe Underwater on my nightstand. It is a collection of short stories that I can always go back and read over again.

What part of the practice was difficult for you at first and how were you able to overcome it?

I think that the hardest part for me was building strength. I am more flexible so I would work more in my flexibility than from a place strength. Now, I am using my muscles and I am working on getting really strong.

Can't live without...

Naps, Iced Coffee, Spirits, Tacos and Friends.

Favorite Place in the world?

My bed and Saint John. 

What is next for you?

Teaching! I want to teach more and share my yoga. Also I should have my 500 hour by the end of the summer so I am really looking forward to completing that training!

It was a treat interviewing and spending time with Stephanie! Looking forward to sharing our teachers each week!

Xo. Alison Mungan