What’s your superpower/what do you want it to be?
I’m always able to get the dance party going. I also have a knack for creating delicious sweet treats with somewhat obscure ingredients and without any refined sugar or gluten. I’d love to be able to heal illness or disease with my touch, that would be pretty amazing.
How do you express gratitude?
I express gratitude by being present to others, by saying I love you, by dancing, by baking, by cooking. I say thank you, I share, I smile and I hug. And when all else fails I give the gift of chocolate.
Why do you share yoga?
I share yoga because I love it. I love that it is limitless, that it is always teaching me, always challenging me. I love that no matter how happy or sad or overwhelmed or tired or energetic I’m feeling, it is there for me. I love that there is always more to learn, and also that if I learned nothing more, the teachings of yoga tell me that I am still okay, that I was okay, that I will be okay.
What’s your favorite pose? Why?
Double pigeon because it consistently teaches me that in order to work through discomfort, I must lean into it, breathe through it, and be patient. When I first get into the pose it sometimes feels awful. It is uncomfortable, it makes me want to squirm and kick and scream and run away. But I make the choice to stay (most days!) Not because I want to torture myself, but because I know the pain I’m feeling is only temporary. The more time and space I give myself in the pose, the more I resist the urge to quickly come out of it, the more I see my mental and physical state start to transform. I may begin the posture in a noisy, agitated, fragile state, but I always end it feeling quiet in my mind, and free in my body. It constantly reminds me to allow myself to feel vulnerable and rest into that vulnerability, rather than react.
When was the last time you laughed out loud?
Last night lying in bed with my sister. I laughed so hard I cried.
What always makes you smile?
Most things that my dog does, watching her walk around outside in particular always puts a smile on my face. She is so present to everything that is around her, always curious and ready to engage with her surroundings, always alive to the world. Also- dancing and watching others dance, notes from my Mom, my sister’s voice when she talks to my dog, Dachsund youtube videos.
What does flow mean to you?
Flow means letting go and leaning in. It means releasing perfection and embracing the fear of failure. For me, flow is all about trusting in my innate ability to lead myself in the direction that I want to go. It is about meeting myself right where I am and receiving the good, the bad and everything in between. It is about the present, the here and now, and the journey of choosing to wake up to myself in each moment, in every capacity.
What can our TGY friends expect from your class?
You can expect to receive an offering that is meant for you, for you to unfold into yourself, for you to listen and receive the intelligence that resides in both your physical and emotional body. We will work the body physically, we will sweat and move and play, but we will also be still and listen to the movement that resides within our stillness. You can expect to feel challenged but also fully supported and celebrated just as you are today, in every moment. You can also expect to relax into the unexpected, to open up to the exploration of the unknown and to breathe, always breathe.
Anja is a Seattle based dance artist/performer, RYT 200hr certified and barre instructor. She has been teaching movement in various capacities since the age of 16 and holds degrees in both Exercise Physiology and Dance. She is inspired by movement and is continually investigating how emotions can be expressed and communicated through the physical space of the body.