In 2006 Anna quit her journalism job in Los Angeles and moved to India to study yoga under the renowned TKV Desikachar. She had no intention of ever teaching yoga – just an insatiable curiosity about the practice and its purpose. But after seven months of eating, sleeping, and breathing yoga, it seemed selfish not to share the teachings. Anna returned to the US, completed a 500-hour teacher training, and began leading classes that combine the fluid, playful style of her LA days with the measured, therapeutic approach she embraced in India. The onetime political journalist also became a frequent contributor to Yoga International, Yoga Journal, and other wellness publications. 

Anna was living the dream – getting paid to jet to yoga conferences and pick the brains of America’s top teachers – until she had two babies in less than two years (insert screeching tire sound effect). These days, you’re more likely to find her at a soccer match or dance recital than a yoga conference, but her practice continues to serve her. As Desikachar put it: “The success of yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.”