Hi, I’m Anjali, and I’m a fitness addict.
Ever since I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with moving my body.
I took dance classes as a kid, I regularly trained for and ran races during college and beyond, and I’ve been challenging myself with new fitness opportunities every day since.
Though I studied law and have my own legal practice now, my fitness obsession led to me to obtain my Personal Training Certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
This workout journey of mine also took me through some pretty heavy duty things: an MMA gym (where I definitely was too chicken for combat!), Crossfit, Shaun T’s Insanity (yes, I did the whole thing, and yes, I wanted to die the whole time, but I absolutely love and am obsessed with Shaun :-)), Autumn Calabrese’s 80 Day Obsession (I’m equally as obsessed with Autumn!).
The one place I never expected this journey to take me?
And the thing is, that makes no sense because I’m Indian, and I was raised yoga.
You see, my dad, a physician, has done yoga every morning at 4:30 AM for as long as I could possibly remember. As a child, I remember coming down the stairs to watch him and then joining in occasionally. As an adult, I remember visiting home from college and law school and never seeing him skip a morning.
Yogic philosophy was infused throughout my Hindu childhood. I understood the Bhagavad Gita and the idea of yogic “unity” far before I perfected my pincha mayurasana.
The thing is, whenever I’d tried yoga in the past, it always tasted a little stale to me.
There were zen-ed out hippies (that I didn’t think really understood what actual yoga, not just physical asana practice, is) around me telling me to “tap into my inner peace” and “find my flow,” some people in the class were so flexible I wondered if they had any bones in their body, and my body left feeling like it hadn’t done any real work (well, “real work” for me, which at the time, meant destroying my body beyond all recognition).
I was sick of the cultural appropriation of my culture. And I also felt like yoga didn’t do enough for my body.
But I was wrong.
It was me that wasn’t doing enough for my body in yoga.
Ultimately, my fitness and spiritual journey still led me back to yoga.
When I started practicing again, I felt something different.
I felt this new found strength, power, and clarity that no fitness exercise had ever given me before.
I experienced a real, raw connection to my body in a way that marathons and deadlifts never allowed.
Better than either of those, I feel like I was doing something wonderful for my body, instead of constantly putting it through the ringer.
A big part of this change was learning how to master yoga’s multi-layer nature. And, if I’m being honest, to start to find ways to combat the cultural appropriation that takes place so frequently in yoga in the United States.
The asanas, the physical poses, are just a small part of regular practice.
When you become a student of yoga, you also learn to master your prana, or breath.
You learn how to connect mind and body as you flow through poses, push yourself to new sensations, and find clarity all around you.
I’d never taken the time to experience the full benefits yoga has to offer in the past, but shifting my perspective allowed me to use this new tool in daily life.
I loved it so much that I quickly realized I wanted to share it. If I’m being honest, it wasn’t just that. It was also that I wanted the tools to be able to work in studios and gyms and other places and share true yoga, not just grossly basic asana practiced.
I studied for and obtained my RYT-200, and registered as a teacher with the Yoga Alliance.
The discipline, self-awareness, and self-appreciation I’ve gained from yoga has been life-changing, and it’s my mission to help you gain that same experience.
If you’re anything like me, you love pushing your body to new heights and you want to feel and look your best.
But, you also want a fitness tool that’s more than just another workout.
You want something that will help you gain more strength, find more peace, and go deep into relaxation all at once.
Through one-on-one and group classes, as well as a six-week beginner’s yoga intensive, I’ll guide you through using yoga as your own magical life and fitness tool.
If so, go ahead and click the button below to learn more about the classes I offer.
I can’t wait to walk down this journey with you,
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