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So far Crystal McCreary has created 24 blog entries.

The Best Yoga Teachers I’ve Ever Had

This is Yoga

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 […]

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

Embodying Love: An Interview with Yoga Teacher Lauren Solomon

I frequently have the pleasure of sitting down to revelatory discussions with Lauren Solomon, friend and fellow yoga teacher, because we have been reading about and talking about love in our mini-sister circle/book club since May 2018. In this interview, Lauren shares the story of her career shifting yoga beginnings, […]

By |December 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Love Lessons Learned in the Company of Women

A School For Womanly Arts and a Series of Mini-Lessons on Womanly Love

Gathering with women is essentially a love fest. Not for all women, but it has always been so for me. Coming off a 2-Day dive with Mama Gena and over 2200 women who gathered for her School for […]

By |December 4th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Love Stories 2: Mindful Listening: An Antidote to Anxiety in an Increasingly Polarized World

This week was the first in many years when I had a sleepless night. I woke from sleep in a fit of anxiety and spent the remaining three hours until dawn tossing and turning, ruminating about three events from the week which stung my heart and catapulted me into seemingly […]

By |October 29th, 2018|blog|0 Comments

Love Stories 1: Hendrix

 I met Hendrix on April 1. It was the beginning of spring, and ideas and experiences were stirring in me, waiting to be born anew in the true spirit of the season. Hendrix and I crossed paths in Los Angeles while visiting my sister and her fiancé in their new […]

By |June 20th, 2018|blog|0 Comments

Destination Yoga Retreats as Practice for Living Mindfully in Community

Labor Day Weekend 2017 marked my first experience flying solo as a facilitator of a destination yoga retreat. I had the privilege of teaching yoga and mindfulness to some amazing human beings against the backdrop of St. Lucia at the lovely Ti Kaye Resort and Spa. Knowing how exhausting it […]

By |September 24th, 2017|blog|0 Comments