These seeds began to sprout when she moved to Hong Kong where she was drawn to the practices and began her training with Indian Master, Kamal Srinivas in 2001, followed by extensive training in the U.S. including Duke University’s Therapeutic Yoga and the 2-year Mindfulness Meditation Certification Program with Dr. Tara Brach and Dr. Jack Kornfield, through UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center.
Anna's teaching is also influenced through her studies with luminaries such as Jonathan Foust, Rick Hanson, Lama Surya Das and ongoing learning from the teachings of HH The Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Gil Fronsdal, Pema Chödrön, Frank Ostaseski and Ajahn Brahm. She is currently enrolled in a graduate level Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program through Sati Center for Buddhist Studies.
Anna is a teacher at Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW) also serves on the board. She is also a mentor at Inward Bound Mindfulness Education teen retreats.
Anna's life has transformed through her practices and she brings her gifts forth through her family, her classes and with clients. She lives with her husband, two human and two non-human children.
Brief introduction to one of the Buddhist practices followed by guided meditation. Q&A and mindful sharing by participants. No prior experience necessary.This class is offered on a donation basis. Donations can be made to PayPal.me/MeditationSangha [https://paypal.me/MeditationSangha] or Venmo @yoginiannaj [https://venmo.com/yoginiannaj]
Baptiste Power “Vinyasa” Yoga is the primary yoga practice at Karma Yoga. Created by Baron Baptiste after years of study and practice, a flow called Journey into Power (JIP) combines fitness and yoga and includes the best from the East and the West. Vinyasa is the flow that occurs when we connect movement with breath. In the practice of power yoga each cycle of breath sets the tempo of movement and creates momentum. Momentum builds heat and cardiovascular health. Each pose, and the pose between each pose, occurs with an inhale or an exhale. There is fluidity in vinyasa that brings freedom to the body and a “moving meditation” that frees your mind. You will find that even in relative stillness, each moment of vinyasa has movement and holds opportunity for exploration. In vinyasa you will think less and be more, staying out of your head and letting your body and soul shine. Creativity and discovery await if you surrender, let go, and flow.
Hatha yoga means the physical practice of yoga. An excellent class to learn the foundations of yoga in a safe and supportive environment. Postures are held for an extended period to ensure proper alignment, balance and build strength and enhance flexibility. No flow or sun salutations. No prior yoga experience necessary.
This morning practice will be an intuitively guided vinyasa flow to wake the mind, body, and spirit. Combining both aspects of yang and yin yoga, Rise and Shine will incorporate flowing and holding poses. Classes end with a quiet savasana and energizing pranayama.
In this 60-minute yin yoga class, poses are held for 3-5 minutes in order to target connective tissue such as ligaments, tendons, bone, and fascia. As opposed to yang yoga – our power vinyasa and sculpt classes, which primarily work the muscle tissues. The yin practice begins where the yang practice ends – with a focus on stillness, surrender, and surfing the edge of comfort and discomfort. Both practices focus on breath, and bringing awareness into the body.You might be asking what style of yoga you need. The answer is both. At times when you have been still or inactive for long periods of time (i.e. sitting behind a desk at a computer) the benefits of a yang practice will be evident. And then when life has been a roller coaster and frantic, the benefits of yin become evident.