Casey Cyr Gash is a neo-renaissance musician, writer, visual artist and co-owner of Yoga By The Sea in Stonington.
A self-described “Navy kid,” Gash moved with her family to Groton in 1979. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Gash spent 10 years in New York recording music, most notably the dream-folk “Phantom Moon,” and one album with composer David Amram. She has also published books with the New London-based Hozomeen Press.
Gash co-founded Yoga by the Sea with the idea of offering an alternative yoga studio that was airy, non-heated, and open to beginners and experienced practitioners, athletes, and those with physical challenges and recovering from injury.
“My yoga began as exploration of the philosophy, which continues as a lifelong study,” Gash said. "As a yoga teacher I serve to guide students through the compassionate practices of self-inquiry, self-awareness and empowerment, as the exploration of one's own true nature and purpose as part of the interconnected cosmic order of the universe, all beings and creation.”
What was your favorite childhood toy or game to play?
A red guitar with plastic strings.
Time for a road trip. Pick a destination and a vehicle. Also, pick a song to play when you leave and a song to play when you arrive.
I’ve always wanted to visit Big Sur in California. A Mustang convertible plays “Sun Dance” by John de Kadt on departure and “Lilac Wine" by Jeff Buckley on arrival.
What's your favorite sandwich?
A hot lobster roll from the Oyster Club in Mystic is the best, they make it with rhubarb butter. Wow.
You're locked in a museum for a night, which one would it be?
The Met, postmodern wing surrounded by Matisse and Miro.
Other than your smartphone, name an item you can’t live without:
Item you should live without and keep meaning to get rid of:
My Cannon SLR film camera. We’re just not going back from digital…
Which character from a movie do you wish would come down off the screen and live among us in the real world?
An Avatar, and the bird-dragon companion might be interesting too.
What’s the best song to play air guitar to?
Anything by Jimmy Page, the harder it is to play, the better for air guitar. We’re talking Led Zeppelin.
What’s your favorite quote?
“Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.” – Arthur Schopenhauer.
What would be the best island to be stranded on?
A Greek Island. Stranded in a hotel on a beach with with white sands.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve got from your parents, grandparents, or someone older than you?
David Amram always encouraged me (and others) to follow my dreams, and never give up.
Out of all the books you’ve ever read which one would you give a copy to all of your friends?
The hardest question by far! These have found permanent homes at my friend’s houses: "The Journal of Albion Moonlight" by Kenneth Patchen; "Be Here Now" by Ram Dass; "Desolation Angels" by Jack Kerouac; and "Stand Still Like the Hummingbird" by Henry Miller. I did also give away a hundred copies of my book "View From the Launch Pad" (now out of print) to many of my friends.
Which movie, television show or theatrical production most accurately depicts life as a yoga instructor?
“Super Soul Sunday,” always a changing exploration and inquiry.
Downward facing dog or upward facing dog?
As a yoga teacher I would have to answer one requires the other as a counter-pose for a balanced practice. Really, neither one works without the other!
Saturday night or Sunday morning?
I’m a night owl. Saturday night.
What historical event would you like to have witnessed?
The Big Bang – oh yeah, I was there with all of you as space dust ☺.
In a game of hide and seek, where would be the best place to hide?
New York City, the best place to live anonymously and discover yourself at the same time.
Name the person alive today you most admire:
My daughter Lucy. I have been in awe of her since she opened her eyes and they met mine.
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