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So far Crystal McCreary has created 31 blog entries.

On Her Own Birthday: America’s Pregnant and It’s Time to Deliver

How much can really happen in one year of our lives? They say that when our ancestors were cave people, the amount that a human being cognitively processed in their lifetime was equivalent to what we process in a single day in the 21st century. Yes. Since 2020 began alone, […]

By |July 4th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Thoughts on Yoga’s Relationship to Racism & Democracy

Don’t Be Fooled: Here’s the Truth About Yoga

You might look at the above photo and think you’re seeing “yoga.” You’re not. Yoga is actually a concept meaning “union.” It has 8 categories of experiential practice called “limbs.” Each limb explores the body, mind, breath, senses, heart, Spirit, and the way […]

By |June 6th, 2020|Uncategorized|2 Comments

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|7 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