What was your first introduction to yoga?
It was almost 6 years ago at PLAY. I registered to take Pre-natal yoga classes. It was a wonderful experience. It was my first “baby and me” class and it gave me gift of relaxation in a time when so many things seemed uncertain and new.
At what point did you decide you wanted to teach?
When I had my second daughter. She is a natural yogini; She challenges herself every day to get better at what she does and she immensely enjoys stretching, reaching, bending and twisting. I knew right there that I had to better my own practice and then go the extra mile: teach her.
How would you characterize your style of yoga?
I like the challenge of bending deeper, reaching higher and twisting further with each breath. For myself, my style is challenging. Now, when it comes to yoginis I want to watch them enjoy, smile, sing, and have fun with every stretch and every pose. My style for the yoginis is: Integrative.
What/Who has made the most impact in your practice?
Garry Alesio and Catherine Mazur.
What’s on your playlist?
Colbie Caillat, Christina Perry, The Band Perry, Passenger
Your favorite pose?
Crow Pose (Bakasana) and headstand (Sirsasana). They both require me to be so focused that it forces me to block everything outside the hot room and completely synchronize my mind and body.
Your most challenging pose? Why?
Mermaid Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana). I still can’t get the full pose but I’m surely working on it.
Best Yoga moment/accomplishment/memory?
When I was able to finally balance on Bakasana without falling!
Favorite snack before you take/teach a class?
Peaches, grapes or yogurt…
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. George Santayana.
“You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!”. Dr. Seuss
Any book recommendations?
The kite runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. Marvelous stories of bravery, strength and persistence.
Top three tips for someone first getting into yoga:
Enjoy this time to yourself, clear your mind.
Don’t worry about others’ practice; everyone’s practice is at a different level, this is non-competitive.
Don’t forget about your breath.
What do you like the most about PLAY?
Its teachers. I’ve found great guidance in all of them, each with their unique style but all with their incredible ability to guide us through a flawless flow. I just love the place, there’s something about it that makes me feel safe and at peace when I cross the door.
What else inspires you? Keeps you going?
My two daughters. They are the bright light in my days. I love to hear them have “serious” conversations between them and agree to disagree on almost everything. They are my fuel. Their baby kisses, hugs, thoughts and kid-logic make my heart smile.
Thanks for sharing Ana!
Ana teaches NGY Kids Yoga for 2-4 yr olds Wednesdays at 10 AM. Learn more about Ana here.