Practice with Anna-Vicotria:
* Wednesdays from 10:30am: Slow Flow
* Wednesdays from 5:45-7pm: Vinyasa Flow
* Fridays from 5:30-6:45pm: Vinyasa Flow; Happy Hour Yoga
$10 drop-in for each class
* Cacao Healing Meditation and Sound Journey: Friday 12/13 from
$40 Pre-registration-highly recommended! $50 Day of
An Interview with Anna- Victoria:
What started you on a path toward yoga?
My yoga journey began in 2014 when I was 29 years old. I wish I had found it much earlier. I was introduced to yoga in an unconventional way. I was seeing a therapist for PTSD and she was a yoga teacher who was very informed about the benefits of yoga for patients who suffer from trauma. After graduating from her 12-week intensive, I discovered the public world of yoga. I found a studio where I felt a sense of community and I began practicing there several days a week for over 3 years before finally attending the studio’s yoga teacher training school. I graduated from training in December of 2017 and have been teaching ever since.
What wisdom has come to you through your yoga practice?
As a person in recovery for addiction and mental health, so many of the lessons that I’ve learned for living become real in my body through yoga. Like “suit up and show up.” I’ve learned to show up to my life just like I show up to my mat.
What is the most challenging experience that you have overcome?
In December of 2018, I had ligament reconstruction surgery on my left ankle and was unable to walk for 6 weeks afterwards. It was very difficult for me to be away from my Asana practice but I had to dig deeper into the meditation part of yoga. It was many months before I could return to my own personal practice, but being able to teach during the time meant the world to me. I don’t know how I would have been able to get through that time without at least being able to teach in the absence of my own personal practice.
What can your students expect from a class with you?
Students can expect class with me to include meditation. Oftentimes I teach some of the basics of neuroscience and anatomy. I also like to make sure students have a chance to connect to their chakras. I use a lot of blocks and bolsters for assisted poses as well as hands-on assists. Students can expect me to teach in Sanskrit because it’s the universal language of yoga. And sometimes I throw in some humor as well. I believe our bodies are our friends — not our enemies.
Tell us about your yoga training.
My yoga teacher training was completed through Okra yoga in Charlotte North Carolina in 2017. My teacher was Brooke Carleson, yoga manager at okra. This month I celebrate two years of teaching and have earned enough hours to be recognized as an experienced teacher by the yoga alliance.
Are there any specific teachers or practices that have made a major impact in your life?
The yoga Guru I admire most is a man named Rolf Gates. His book “Meditations from the Mat” helped me to integrate the philosophy of yoga with the philosophy of addiction recovery. In September 2019, I finally had the pleasure of attending one of his retreats at the Art of Living Center in Boone, North Carolina. It was such a blessing to be able to sit and talk with him.
Do you have any particular offerings that your consider your specialty?
I consider meditation my specialty. I was introduced to yoga and meditation simultaneously. I believe these two belong together and shouldn’t be separated. I teach workshops regularly on traditional yoga meditation. I also do sound journeying in the shamanic tradition.
What gifts has your yoga practice brought into your life?
The older I get the more I am learning what it means to truly listen to my body and mind and heart. Yoga has taught me not to judge myself but rather, to always respond to myself with compassion. This hasn’t always been easy for me, but the more I practice the easier it becomes.
Is there anything else you would like us to know?
I’m also a clairasentient intuitive and I’m available for private readings if you or someone you know is interested in a private session.