There are a million "things" that play a part in making a dream become a reality. Over the past several months I've realized that its often the items that were low on the priority list that are consistently now at the top (throat clear...storage). However, its been my experience that the people who play roles in this "dream becomes a reality" transformation are above and beyond the most important.
One of the things that I loved about 13 S 13th Street was, not just all the thirteens, but the people that I got to work with. The minute I walked into our now studio, it felt warm. Loved. So, when one of these prized members of "Humble Haven build out team 2016" introduced me to his friend who happens to be a yoga teacher, I had to listen.
I'm lucky that my architect keeps such good company because it's what allows Anna Strahs Watts to be a part of the Humble Haven family. When Anna and I first sat down over coffee, I realized that while our paths to becoming yoga teachers were not identical, they were parallel in many ways and I knew there was so much that I could learn from her and so much she could share and teach a community of students.
Read a little bit more about Anna below and come practice with her soon!
What is your favorite style of class to teach and why?
I love vinyasa because it’s like dancing on a mat. It’s so easy to get to a space in my head where the rest of the world melts away – the ultimate quiet time.
What made you want to go beyond just practicing yoga and start teaching?
I wanted an opportunity to learn more about the craft I was spending so much of my personal time invested in, and I love being able to share something that has changed my life with others.
If you had to describe your teaching style in 3 words or less, what would you say?
playful and patient
What’s your favorite yoga pose?
Right now, Pincha Mayurasana (forearm stand) – because I can be upside down without putting pressure on my cranky wrists!
What do you like to do around Richmond?
All the things! Go to other people’s yoga classes, hit the trails at Forest Hill Park, eat gluten free muffins at WPA Bakery, hang out in my girlfriends living rooms. Love the VMFA and Lamplighter and random walks with my camera.
What’s your favorite food?
Probably chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. (I’m being serious.) I also love straight off the farm eggs… the ones with the bright yolks.
Tea or Coffee? Tea. Definitely decaffeinated tea.
founder, National Institute for Play
"Most people think that the opposite of play is work (especially in the corporate world) but the opposite is boredom or even depression. To me, play is what you're passionate about doing. You want to do it because it's enjoyable and you want to keep doing it because it brings you joy. But play is a ton of effort.”
Why are you excited to teach at Humble Haven Yoga?
Mostly because of the community – a group of likeminded people turning up the heat in and out of the studio J
What’s your favorite song to practice to?
This definitely depends on the day, but I always love Jubel (Klingande). I think the minute this song starts my shoulders start moving away from my ears.
When can you practice with Anna? Wednesday 6am-7am Warm Vinyasa