Name: Cate Baily
Where do you live? I live on an awesome cul-de-sac in Upper Montclair. When the kids were little, they rode their bikes and scooters in the cul-de-sac and ran up and down the street playing capture-the-flag with the other kids on the block. Some of those kids are in college now, including my oldest, and I can’t help but feel nostalgic for the old days.
When did you move there? We moved in 2003 from Park Slope, a well-traveled path.
Where did you grow up? I grew up just outside of Washington D.C. in Chevy Chase, MD.
How do you make a living? OR What is your everyday passion? I co-own Montclair Kundalini Yoga, and I teach Kundalini Yoga. The community of wonderful people who come to practice with us and the practice itself are my passions. Kundalini Yoga is not your mainstream yoga, so some people don’t know about it or understand it. We move and chant and work with our busy minds to find relief, and it works.
Coffee, tea or … ? Both — although, always with a half-hearted intention to reduce or eliminate coffee.
What’s your idea of a perfect weekend day? Coffee. Pajamas all morning, yoga, chanting in community, time laughing with both my kids, and NO DISHES.
What’s your favorite local restaurant? I love Thought in Motion Cafe, all the folks that work there, their elixirs and their coconut chia pudding.
What’s on your nightstand? A beautiful little book by my friend Vicky Roncero called 28 Days of Reiki and many, many, many crystals.
What are you listening to? Mantra music is a big part of my life. Some of my favorite artists are Jai Jagdeesh, Aykanna, and Snatam Kaur.
What are your current indulgences? Every summer, I go to a Kundalini Yoga festival in the Berkshires called Sat Nam Fest. It’s yoga and devotional music concerts morning, noon and night and delicious (made by someone else) vegetarian meals and NO DISHES. My idea of heaven.
What talent you would most like to have? I would so love to have a beautiful singing voice. Chanting is one of my greatest loves and healing tools, and it would be a lot nicer for those I chant with if I could carry a tune.
What’s the worst-kept (or best-kept!) secret about Montclair? Well, my business is more of a secret than I’d like it to be. Montclair Kundalini Yoga shares space with the Ashtanga Yoga studio at 127 Valley Road. We don’t have a sign and our entrance is around back, so it can be a little tricky to find us the first time. But we are there!
What do you hope they say about you at your funeral? That I was kind, and I helped.