Anya is a recent uproot from NYC to NOLA, coming to this vibrant city to pursue her masters in public health at Tulane. Her interest in yoga is long lasting and deep. As a child Anya grew up with yogi parents and found her own practice through fascination with the history of yoga, interest in the teachings of her father’s teacher Swami Satchidananda, and a need to balance a wildly busy teen life filled with travel, sports, and school programs with something more nurturing and holistic. The decision to become a teacher was spurred by her amazement with yoga’s versatility in helping all kinds of people in all kinds of settings, and a larger interest in non-western health systems. Her teacher training was completed at Yoga High in her native NYC, where she was taught to actively blend traditional yoga exercises, including the non-physical ones, with modern knowledge and interests. Anya likes to give a challenging class that balances fun music and laid back flow with rigorous alignment and demanding poses (every one can access any pose in some form, even if it’s just learning about it!) and will talk your ear off about the human body and yoga as a health intervention if you let her. Anya’s teaching style pulls on experiences from her training at Yoga High, her fitness teaching (which ranges from Piloxing to bodyART to standard conditioning), her world travels, her background in anthropology and archaeology, and her schoolwork in public health. When off the mat Anya is often glued to her computer for school, but she also devotes time to running, her African Grey parrot Apollo, animal conservation, and, recently, exploring NOLA’s amazing food and music scene.