Moms, Meet Angela Brandt! You may recognize her from Yoga with Angela at our very own Harrison Library. Mother of 2, Kitty Yoga Instructor, Volunteer, Religious Educator and … living life to the fullest!
Tell us a little bit about yourself ?
I grew up in College Point, Queens. When I met my husband he was shocked I didn’t have car. Being a true city kid – I traveled everywhere by train or bus! We moved to Harrison in 2010 and have two children, Mike, 10, and Carol, 8. We also have a rescue pup named Flip, three rescue bunnies, Lucy, Sauce and Velvet. And one Roborovski hamster named Vega!
One thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I’m a rabbit rescuer. I have had pet bunnies my whole life. People are often surprised that rabbits need to be spayed or neutered or that they are just like a cat or dog in that they can be trained! Did you know Bunnies can live up to 10 years ? I even had one that lived to be thirteen! Local shelters are full of rabbits that need second chances.
Anyone special you’d like to thank for helping you through parenthood?
My mother has always been a huge influence in my life. She was the one who started me with yoga and has always inspired me to keep growing … and to always stay grateful.
Favorite things to do with your kids?
All and everything local. I grew up in a small town and I want my children to enjoy everything our town has to offer. We love spending time at the library or summers at the Harrison pools. I also volunteer at their school any chance I get. Just being WITH them and making memories .. is what I love most.
Are you involved in a business venture, a local organization or a creative endeavor?
I instruct yoga for kids at the Harrison Public Library every Friday. It brings me incredible joy to share the knowledge of yoga in a place that I hold so dear. I’ve also been the first instructor to bring Kitty Yoga to Harrison Library as well as the Rye Free Reading Room. Animals naturally help us relax. So combining yoga with the company of adoptable kittens was just a win win!
I volunteer locally at the Harrison Avenue School, in many town events and teach Religious Education at Saint Gregory’s. When I’m not practicing yoga, you can find me serving/waitressing at Wellington’s Grill.
How has this community been instrumental in getting you to where you are now?
I love this community and the people in it. I was always told “you give good, you get good.” Anything I can do to help, in turn helps my family. And everything I do is supported by my neighbors and I support them. If there’s something you don’t like, don’t complain. Volunteer to make it better!
Any time saving tips you’d like to share?
Keep moving. Never stop learning. If someone asked me if I’d like to learn how to do plumbing, I’d say yes. Make time for new adventures and chances to experience new things. I swear by sticky notes and my phone schedule. And I find many days there just aren’t enough minutes to do it all! Maybe I’ll slow down in a few years or maybe not! But I’m living this life fully.