Ana has taught yoga since 2006. In 2007, she embarked on a rigorous training certification with renowned yoga teacher Dona Holleman, a commitment that has taken her back to Italy once a year since 2007.
For Ana, teaching yoga is more than knowing the basics of yoga postures: she practices under the Eight Vital Principles of Practice developed by Dona Holleman and applies those principles in her daily life too, especially now during strenuous Pandemic times.
Ana is a dual citizen from the United States and Mexico. She has taught at several yoga studios in Washington, DC, Portland, OR, and most recently at Sukhavati Yoga in Mexico City. She works as a part-time trade consultant with the International Trade Group at White & Case LLP and teaches Global Business Practices at Mexico’s IBEROamericana University. She is also a regular Mexico Contributor for the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
After residing for several years in the United States, she now lives in Mexico City with her three children. She is working towards creating a new concept of “ open yoga space” once the pandemic is over.
Ana’s classes include a safe, aligned and balanced practice that focuses on a particular theme (e.g., forward bending, back bending, leg stretches, seated postures, etc.) that always prepare the body for the immediate posture that follows. Ana adapts her sequencing to the class level, which may involve intermediate/advanced postures, such as inversions.
She guides her students to practice the postures incorporating the Eight Vital Principles of Practice, which result in effortless, beautiful yoga practice. When working with beginners or special groups (e.g., seniors, pregnant women, athletes), Ana “breaks down” the postures to allow students to find proper alignment, develop confidence, create a solid imprint of the posture in their bodies, and prevent injury, enabling them to prepare for more intermediate practice.
Ana earned her first Centered Yoga Diploma in 2009. She holds a Centered Yoga Beginners Diploma (2011) and a Medium Level I Diploma (2015). She is working towards earning her Centered Yoga Medium Level II Diploma. Ana recently wrote an article for the ICYA Blog on how the practice of Centered Yoga can help the mind and the body during Pandemic times (click here to read).