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COURTNEY FITZGERALD

Hometown?

Glastonbury, CT

Favorite music artist or band?

Anything Justin Vernon makes. Gimme dat male falsetto and some confusing lyrics that I can no doubt apply to myself.

Dream vacation?

Sitting under some thick stalks of bamboo with some non-aggressive sunlight while cuddling panda bears who are really open to cuddling back.

Favorite post yoga snack?

I love these almond butter+oat+chocolate chip energy balls that I try to make a batch of on Sunday nights. I used to buy them from a place near where I live in Williamsburg but it was getting expen$$$$ive.

A quote you love?

"Action is the antidote to despair." -Joan Baez

Personal mantra?

When feeling stuck: "What's next?" (Thank you, West Wing)

How did you get into yoga?

I started it at my arts high school for an elective credit. It made me feel good and this was confusing, as feeling angry and sad was a very thrilling wavelength to surf as a teenager. But I really got into yoga after spraining my ankle when a car hit me about six years ago. I switched from long-distance running to hot yoga and quickly became addicted.

Favorite time of day to get your practice in?

Mid-afternoon or evening.

What's your favorite part of Y7?

I love the loud music and the candlelight. It makes me feel fancy!!! Also, I am a true stumbler -- I fall all the time while practicing. But when we're moving in a more fast paced way I have to dive in and be courageous and not worry about falling. And sometimes I really surprise myself with how well I can hit the mark. Less fear, more trust.