Anna has been teaching yoga since 2010. Prior to Jivamukti Yoga Sydney, Anna worked in the media industry as a freelance journalist, researcher and online producer but felt the teachings of yoga calling for her full attention. Anna trained in the Jivamukti Yoga method in 2011 and completed her 800-hr certification in the Jivamukti apprenticeship program with Jessica Sage Stickler in 2012.
Anna has an interest in many movement disciplines, practicing not only yoga asana but kung fu and aerial silks/circus arts. All balance strength, fluidity and mobility in different ways but yoga’s philosophical and spiritual underpinnings keep her firmly on this beautiful path. Anna loves Jivamukti’s emphasis on asana as a way to reconnect with the Earth and Yoga as a path to liberation through compassion for all beings. Anna has always been drawn to activism, starting off in the refugee rights and anti-capitalism movements and more recently crewing with Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in Antarctica for two whale defence campaigns in 2012/13 and 2013/14, protecting whales from the Japanese poachers who turn Antarctic waters red every Summer.
At present Anna’s focus, in passing on the teachings of Yoga, is to encourage people to embody love, kindness, fearlessness, beauty in these destructive times –– to use the practices of yoga to rewild our hearts, minds, bodies and souls –– to fall in love with the Earth and protect what we love.
Inversions workshops and handstands courses:
Anna is an amazing teacher, [the handstands course] being a small class, she had time to understand where your body was at and push you to take the next step. The class is a perfect mix of yoga, conditioning, strength and fun handstand skills, I also learnt lots of new ways to practice at home. Anna really understands the anatomy for handstand, we learnt how to engage the nessesary muscles and find the right alignment for the perfect handstand. I loved every class
Anna created an enjoyable yet challenging set of workshops. The balance of yoga, conditioning, and paired exercises made being upside-down on the weekend a pleasure! I noticed an improvement in general technique and confidence, but the real improvement was made with the non-yoga strength exercises creating more awareness of the body.
Anna’s combination of in-depth knowledge and passion for inversions meant that the [inversions] workshop [at the Yoga Well] was both informative and fun. Her natural warmth, understanding of anatomy, and her clear communication style left a lasting impact.
~ Marita Dortins, owner/director, The Yoga Well.
Anna’s handstand conditioning workshop taught us basic fundamentals of how to get upside down, it was really interesting to learn how to use the hands, wrists and core muscles properly. The sequence in the class helped build up the strength and confidence to do handstands and helped me get a little better at handstands, even if I still have a long way to go. And it was fun, with great music, in true Anna style. Highly recommended!