Tell Me Your (Yoga) Story : Anna
Meet Anna, a yoga teacher, nursing student, and life lover. She is an Arizona native now living in Minnesota with her fiance, Kyle and her pit bull, Lucille. Family, friends, sharing laughs, and good conversation make her come alive. She is one of my favorite Vinyasa teachers, and if you're in Winona, take her class. You'll be happy you did.
In one sentence, what is yoga to you?
Yoga is clarity, peace of mind, and the best therapy I could ask for.
How did you start practicing yoga?
I started practicing yoga as a teenager after being introduced during my ballet training. I didn’t practice regularly at first, but once I pushed myself to become more dedicated I saw the overwhelmingly positive changes that it brought to my life. I felt more self love and self acceptance and less judgment and anger at situations that were out of my control. Practicing yoga makes me more present and connected to every single person I encounter in my life, and for that I am forever indebted.
What does your practice look like now on the mat and off the mat?
My practice is fluid. Life gets in the way, and yoga teachers are humans too! Some periods of my life I struggle to get on my mat daily, while others it is what I crave most. I try to practice at least 15-20 minutes every day, regardless of what else is going on, and I try to gift myself with hour long flows as often as possible. Off the mat I practice yoga every day, in every encounter I have by being kind, and mostly remembering that everyone is going through something.
Favorite pose & why?
Downward Facing Dog is my all time favorite pose. It teaches you so much, regardless of how perfected you may think your practice is. It grounds my body, eases my back and gives release to my hips and legs. All while strengthening my arms, shoulders, and mind.
How has yoga made your life better?
Yoga has made my life better because it has given me the ability to let go. It has changed the way I think, which changed my entire life and sense of being. I have clarity about my decisions, who I am, what I stand for and how I interact with the world around me because of yoga. I now know that I am enough because of yoga, which is something I never dreamed of.