Tell Me Your (Yoga) Story: Samantha

Samantha Anacabe

Meet Samantha Anacabe. She is the wife to her high school sweetheart and has been married for 3 wonderful years. She is the mother of 3 amazing children, Cole is 7, Elise is 3, and Walker is 1. She lives in Winona, MN and absolutely loves it here. She enjoys the outdoors, hunting and fishing especially. Her kids are crazy about hockey and animals. They live on a funny farm complete with 1 pony, 4 chickens, 6 pheasants, 2 dogs, and 1 barn cat. Things are a little busy, but a good busy! She owns a small business out of her home called Hilltop Malas. She hand crafts 108 bead Malas used in mantra meditation and yoga practices. This tiny business is very close to her heart and her voyage with yoga.

In one sentence, what is yoga to you?

Yoga to me is a journey, a way of life, a reason and a purpose to be the best you possible, it's never giving up and learning to love the person god chose you to be, even if you'll never be able to do the perfect handstand.

How did you start practicing yoga?

I began doing yoga about 2 years ago. I took a class at a local yoga studio and fell in love the second I left the mat. I never knew yoga could bring out so many emotions in a person. You see, that particular day was hard. It seemed everything was piling up around me and doing anything it could to knock me down. My kids weren't listening, the house was a mess, I had so many things to do and nothing was getting done. I was getting pushed to my limit and was in desperate need of a break! That's when I made a trip to a Saturday morning yoga class. I was nervous and had no clue what any of the poses were called or how to do them. The class was a gentle vinyasa flow perfect for beginners! I went there looking for a sweat and an hour away from motherhood, but what I walked away with was so much more than that. During those first few minutes of wondering if I was doing any of the poses correct and if people were looking at and judging the new girl, I had to actually breath and just let go of all the insecurities holding me back from enjoying the class. And just like that, I was me in the perfect moment, I didn't have to be mom for anyone, a cook for anyone, tie anyone's shoes or change any diapers. I was enjoying it so much! The class went by well and then came savasana, with that came tears! Yes, I was crying on my mat full of emotions I didn't even know I was holding back or that needed to be let out! That yoga teacher changed my life and I don't even think she knows it. The words she spoke and how she so peacefully spoke them was like everything she was saying was meant for me. That hour changed me, it changed me for the better and I will forever be thankful for this beautiful flow! Thankful for yoga!

What does your practice look like now on the mat and off the mat?

On the mat my yoga practice honestly looks about the same as it did 2 years ago. Sure I have progressed a little with the poses. But what has really changed is my life off the mat. My mind set, my thoughts and my moods. I'm living a more wild and free life. A present life full of gratitude and purpose. I'm learning to be still and enjoy the beauty and crazy that is this world around me.

Favorite pose & why?

My favorite pose would have to be tree pose. I love the meaning behind it and the push it gives me physically. "Stand strong in your faith like the roots of a tree, and never let a little wind blow you down" Trees clap their hands for you and it's nice to feel the applause!

How has yoga made your life better?

Yoga has made my life better in so many ways! My daughter and I love doing it together. It has made me slow down. It has made me see the bigger picture. Giving me the strength I need mentally and physically!

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