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So far Crystal McCreary has created 29 blog entries.

Quarantine Chronicles: Walking to Keep from Dying

Since COVID-19 quarantine began, I have taken a long walk everyday. I walk from my apartment in Harlem along the Hudson River for a minimum 4.4 mile loop. I walk on cloudy days. I walk on rainy days. When I walk on sunny days, it’s as if the entire world […]

By |April 25th, 2020|Uncategorized|6 Comments

Quarantine Chronicles

Self and Community Care in the Age of a Pandemic

It feels as like an eternity has past since I last wrote a post.  Like most of you, I have spent March and April 2020 so far in quarantine due to COVID-19, disconnected from the unacknowledged pleasures that make my life recognizable […]

By |April 9th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

An Experiment: Plant-based Eating as Life-Affirming Activism

So…

I’ve been intending to explore plant-based eating for years. But I’ve been scared. Like really scared of the imagined inconvenience, the hunger pains, the fantasies about dishes that I’ve loved for forever that I can no longer eat, you name it. What most I feared had to do with time […]

By |March 8th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Breaking and Mending on the Path to Wholehearted Love

Oh 2020. I wish I could say you’ve been on fire and that all my #blackgirlmagic is making the unfathomable happen, but January of this new year was pretty sobering, painful, in fact. Though I trust it actually will be quite wonderful eventually, it feels inauthentic to pretend that the […]

By |February 6th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Time to Pause

The winter holidays and the end of the year always demand a shift in my focus. They demand a more inward than outward facing gaze, a more grateful attitude than demanding, and they inspire more loving and connected relationships than disconnected. I’ve been inspired by wisdom that has arisen from […]

By |December 20th, 2019|blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Best Yoga Teachers I’ve Ever Had

I practiced yoga for 12 years before I truly understood the powerful impact it could have on my relationship to circumstances that were challenging or out of my control. Up until that point I had mostly practiced vinyasa, and meditated occasionally afterwards when I had time. Generally, I had a […]

By |March 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Suffering We Carry: Why Centering People of Color is a Critical Part of My Purpose and Work

Dear Community,

I heard news this week about an institution that I attended many years ago that cracked my heart wide open. It is being sued by a black faculty member for racial discrimination. The news provoked sorrow and a sense of loss for my young adult self who was courageously […]

By |February 23rd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Yoga, Thunder Thighs and the Transformative Power of Self-Love

When I first started practicing yoga 20 years ago in Oakland, my boyfriend at the time never tired of watching me on my purple Gaiam mat on the living room floor. I practiced along with Rodney Yee’s VHS videos then, which I used as a proxy to the man himself […]

By |January 4th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

2019: Looking Up, Looking Out, Looking Back, and Looking In

Hello, hello 2019, I am so glad you’re here! 2018 wasn’t the biggest blogging year for me, as I devoted the majority of my time to developing a relationship to Instagram (?!). It is a tool that supports my long-time intention to connect more directly and in some cases more […]

By |January 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

My Body is a Vessel for Truth

Fragmented Beginnings

I was an unusually shy child when I was small. Heightened fears about expressing myself to people in particular settings would sneak up from out of nowhere and paralyze me with an oddly unexpected nonverbal immobility. My first ever recital and performance was when I was four years old […]

By |December 27th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments