February 03, 2021 3 min read

About Anna Blog Post

Waking up every morning and simply choosing to access the breath in a conscious way - connecting body & mind with the breath, inviting more flow into life and feeling a deep appreciation for the beauty that surrounds us - well, this quickly became the highlight of Anna's life.

Raising her vibration and opening up to feeling pure, sustainable wellness and increasing her physical strength, flexibility, focus, stability and balance, are reasons why Anna pursued a career in the Wellness industry as a Nutritional Therapist and Yoga Teacher.  

 

Qualifications

  • 2000 – 2001:  Diploma in Nutritional & Holistic Therapies – Camelot International, Johannesburg.
  • 2003 – 2005:  BA Degree (Languages)  – University of Johannesburg.
  • 2005:  Health & Skincare Assessor –Behaviour Systems Development, Johannesburg
  • 2015:  RYS 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Yo Yoga, Cape Town. Specializing in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Hot (Bikram) Yoga.
  • 2020:  International Diploma in Clinical Nutrition – International Academy of Nutrition, Australia. Currently studying.

Q & A with Anna Maroudas:

What do you love most about yoga?
When I practice Yoga, my whole body vibrates with peace and joy. I feel in the moments of stillness and movement, I am freeing myself from my turbulent mind and getting in touch with my highest vibrational self.

What kind of yoga is your favourite?
I love alignment based yoga but I also enjoy getting off the grid and moving in fluid, circular ways. Vinyasa flows with traditional yoga poses, creative transitions and fluid movement are my go-to these days.
I really like to develop muscles that move. They can be strong when they need to be strong and loose when I need to get long!

What made you start doing yoga?
In my college days, in the late 90’s, without knowing much about Yoga except that it could be helpful in raising my personal vibration thus keeping me flowing, healthy & youthful - I chose to do my thesis on Yoga.
I found the most incredible literature in a tiny bookstore in Melville, JHB – such a gem, which had me entirely hooked on the philosophy. The natural progression from there was finding an incredible Yoga teacher, which I did and it’s been true love ever since.

Do you remember your very first yoga experience?
I most certainly do! My very first class was in a small community centre in Modderfontein, JHB. There were 8 of us. 4 men and 4 ladies of which all were quite advanced yogi’s. It was an Iyengar Yoga class and I remember being assisted by the teacher in the most incredible way, using straps, chairs & blocks to get me into such powerful postures. I felt like I was reliving parts of my early ballet and gymnastic days but without having to compete against anyone. This wasn’t performance based but rather an exploration of Self. I felt a transmission of positive vibrations coming into my heart and my mind was quiet. During the meditation, I felt more connected to the Universe than ever before. Pure Bliss!

Why did you become a teacher?
Yoga embodies love, peace & kindness. It connects us to ourselves, each other and nature. I chose to become a teacher so that I could get in touch with my highest vibrational self, stay mindfully fit & healthy and from this place, to guide more people into letting go of expectations, to move & flow through life from their most authentic place.

What is your favourite:
Yoga style:  Ashtanga Vinyasa
Yoga mat:  Prana
Yoga studio:  The Practice, Canggu, Bali
Incense:  Sandalwood

Online or in person? Love transcends all distance so online is great given the times we are facing but in-person is my Happiness.

Morning or evening practice? A morning moving meditation with the energy of the rising sun – BLISS!

Downdog or Updog? Updog! I love a little backbend magic and front body stretch.

Forward folds or back bends? Backbends. These are very stimulating for me and quite challenging but I feel so rejuvenated after a good backbend.


Heated or non-heated yoga? Naturally heated by the sun

 


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