INTERVIEW WITH: ANNE JONES
Can you tell us about your background?
First and foremost, I am a mom. I have an online, holistic fitness coaching business for women who want a fitness transformation without dieting (and who need to do their physio exercises! ha). I have been a fitness professional for 11 years and a Registered Massage Therapist for 6 years. That background strongly influences my yoga teachings. I am proud to be the anatomy instructor in Vayusha’s Yoga Teacher Trainings. I was home-schooled and raised in the bush in the Northwest Territories without electricity or running water.
What brought you to yoga?
I started yoga as a 17-year-old living in downtown Toronto. I didn’t know much about it, but knew it was something I would love, so I started going to Ashtanga classes because they were so challenging and strong. I was hooked.
Why did you decide to become a teacher?
I honestly don’t remember why I decided to become a teacher. When I am passionate or love something, I just want all in.
What do you love most about teaching?
I love the connections I make with people. This is why I do all of the work I do.
What is your favorite pose?
My favourite active pose right now is goddess/temple pose squat. My favourite restorative pose right now is supported bridge on a block.
What should students expect from you?
I try to fuse anatomy and fitness with the traditional practices of yoga. Students should expect an accessible, but strong class, including elements of traditional yoga, but also a lot of ‘yoga/not yoga’ tidbits. And we never, ever take ourselves too seriously in my class. :)
What do you want your students to take away from your teachings?
I want students to know that they can; that there is a version of every pose for every body. And that getting into the flow takes time.
Proudest yoga moment?
Every day I find myself still practicing after 15 years.
Most embarrassing yoga moment?
Oh I have farted while teaching meditation. 100%.
“It’s good to feel good.” and “This too shall pass."
My yoga inspiration is not complex shapes on Instagram wearing alo. My yoga inspiration is my clients and students; like my client who can sit cross-legged for the first time in 20 years, or the one who no longer has to wear an SI belt every single day and night, or the one who no longer has heel pain while she walks...and any other yoga student who has transformed their body from a place of self-love.
What is your advice for new yoga students?
I LOVE new students! My advice to new yoga students is to try. Try, try, try. Try a class, try a posture, try a teacher. If that doesn’t work, try a different class, a different posture, and a different teacher. There is yoga for every body, but sometimes it requires some committed trial and error.