Featured Teacher: Anri
Originally attracted to yoga as a remedy for her dancing injuries, Anri was inspired to teach after experiencing yoga's all-encompassing power and benefits. 'Making everyone happy' is her biggest personal challenge in teaching - but she pursues it with joyful persistence!
Where are you originally from?
A small town in Hokkaido, Japan called Asahikawa.
How long have you been teaching?
Who was your very first yoga teacher and what was he/she like?
Jaime in a Hot 1 class. I was on the floor most of the class! I just remember how patient she was and she encouraged us to go on till the end.
How long have you been practising?
Originally, what attracted you to yoga?
I wanted to stretch out my lower back - it was injured quite heavily due to professional dancing.
What motivates you to practise today?
To make everything simpler in life.
How would you describe your personal practice?
Calmness on the outside, power within.
Before you became a yoga teacher, what did you do?
I was a professional ballet dancer and Japanese/English translator.
What do you love about teaching?
Seeing students discover something new about themselves.
What do you find challenging about teaching?
That it is impossible to make everybody happy but I always like to try!
Describe your ideal class (as a teacher).
Seeing happy faces in deep savasana.
Describe a class that you would find challenging or difficult
(as a teacher).
Teaching impatient students that they are impatient.
What teacher has had the biggest impact on your practice?
When my question was answered and truth was revealed, then yoga became a deeper practice.
What is your most embarrassing moment in the studio
(as a teacher or student)?
As a teacher, I once finished the class after 45 minutes instead of the scheduled 75...never been good at maths...!!
Where is the strangest place you've practised yoga?
At side stage in a ballet tutu and pointe shoes two minutes before a performance. Handstands are great for warming up and wake you up better than coffee!
Aside from yoga, what other hobbies or interests do you have?
Cooking, wining and dining, reading, watching movies and chatting with my lovely friends.
Describe your most profound yoga experience.
It was the first time my legs floated up doing a headstand.
If you weren't a yoga teacher, what would you be?
A globetrotter of peace.