Katrina and Avenelle at Pixar's Black Business Fair, 2/13/2019
We're celebrating a whole lotta LOVE with Valentine's Day, the Lunar New Year of the Pig with its symbols of fortune & wealth, and Black History Month. Did you know that one of the things that makes Anasa Yoga a very special place is our status as a Black-owned business (BOB)? We are proud to be known as a sanctuary space with a mission-driven focus on the unity in community.  That is our yoga.  And we're especially proud to be recognized as a healthy BOB led by strong Black women because, throughout this country's history, racist and discriminatory practices have challenged the ability of BOB's to exist and to thrive. As we celebrate Black History Month, we're reminded how far we've come thanks to the sacrifices of our trailblazers, civil rights leaders, and activists. We're also reminded how much more work remains to be done to awaken and transform the minds and actions of those who do harm, and to heal the wounds of injustice.

Thank you Katrina and Avenelle for representing us at Pixar's Black Business Fair last week. We'll have a table next week too at Airbnb who is actively boosting Black-owned businesses by hosting their "Buy Black" event at their San Francisco headquarters on Feb. 26.

We were humbled that Oakland Magazine chose pictures of Anasa Yoga for last month's article featuring the Laurel District (see below). The magazine recognized Anasa as "one of the only Black-owned businesses of its kind in the area" which is true in the sense that we are the only Black-owned yoga studio in the Laurel. However, there are many other BOB's to support along MacArthur Boulevard in the Laurel, over 20 of them! Some have been around for decades! So check out my list of addresses and BOB's which includes an unparalleled variety of neighborhood barbers and salons who keep us feeling good about our crowns. Shop local and support your community's BOB's during Black History Month and throughout the year.

3623 Skin Care by Maisha - Maisha is celebrating 13 years in the Laurel. I got my first facial here!
3624-28 Laurel Smile Dentistry - 2018 Oakland Magazine Best Dental Practice, Dr. Sibhatu has beautifully reconstructed the building too.
3645 Beauty Supply.
3647 Sisters Cuts & Styles.
3717 Showin' Out Hair Gallery.
3718 RBA Creative - Co-Working Space and Boutique Art Gallery.
3725 Miliki Restaurant - Nigerian-owned offering "Authentic West African Cuisine".
3805 Hair Krafters Barber Shop.
3825 The Source Chiropractic - Voted Oakland's Best Chiropractic Team 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.
3827 Hair by Nelda  - salon and gift shop.
3831 Body Mechanix Fitness - their juice bar is opening soon 2 doors down from their gym in Taylor Jay's old spot!
3843 Selective Cuts.
3900 Candy's Beauty Island Salon.
4050 Mizaan Boutique - women's wear, jewelry, and gifts.
4116 DJs Martial Arts & Fitness - youth and adult classes, established by Grandmaster Doug Jones over 25 years ago!
4140 Be Well Natural - acupuncture, massage therapy, & herbal medicine.
4142 Savvy The Salon - hair and lashes too.
4144 Graham & Company Beauty & Barber Salon - Lance etablished his business in the Laurel in 1999!
4152 Diva Styles Salon & Spa - Lala keeps me neat and happy thank you.
4153 Bless U Beauty Salon and Barber Shop, ask for Donnie.
4156 Blitz Barber shop, ask for Quincy.
4222 State Farm Insurance - our next-door neighbor Jain Williams is celebrating 30 years at their location!!!
4245 Everett & Jones BBQ - 2, 3, and 4-ways, sides, plus sweet potato & pecan pies you'll crave fo'ever.

Please let me know if I missed anyone.

Check out our announcements and community offerings below. Please pre-register for weekend events at AnasaOakland.com to take advantage of EARLY BIRD PRICING and help us plan in advance for our amazing line-up of holistic offerings!
Blessings to All,
Jean Marie

Studio Announcements

2-Weeks of Unlimited Classes
for New Students*

Try as many classes as you wish, meet our teachers, and discover how consistent yoga, Nia, Feldenkrais, and dance practices can support your health and well-being.

*Returning students who've not previously purchased a class package or membership are also eligible for this intro offer!

For Unlimited Classes each month
For students coming once a week

Save money per class, receive Special Benefits including Guest Passes and discounts, PLUS support your community yoga studio. Choose between two convenient Automatic-Payment Plans to fit your budget & your schedule with a recurring fee of $64 or $120 per month!  Easy freeze policies and no  set-up fees.

Introducing Sparkle Thornton,
our newest Teacher

Sparkle leads her vinyasa flow class at Anasa every Thursday evening 7:00-8:15pm.  This was Annabelle's old time slot since shortly after we opened and she'll be missed.  You'll still see Annabelle helping at the front desk when she isn't travelling with Satya Retreats.

Sparkle has been practicing and studying yoga for 18 years. She started teaching yoga in 2008 and has taught vinyasa flow classes, workshops, teachers trainings and led yoga retreats for LGBTQ people. Sparkle is also a Certified Massage Therapist and runs a successful private practice in Oakland. She is passionate about optimal health and her favorite color is green.
Photo by: 510Media
Oakland Magazine features
the Laurel District

We were humbled to find that Oakland Magazine chose pictures from Anasa Yoga to represent their feature about the Laurel in their January issue!  

Click here  to read the article online.
Shining the Light
on Anasa Student  Teri Schlesinger!

Get to know our Teachers and Students a little better so that next time you see them in class or in the grocery store, you can say hi Teri! Send us your stories and pics for future issues.

Yoga came to me in my early 30's, right after my son, Sam, (now 31 years old) was born. I've been practicing ever since and am thankful every day for the peace and freedom Yoga has brought into my life. After 30 years of practice, I still consider myself a beginner and prefer a slow careful practice. A class that focuses on holding a pose while working on alignment and breathing is my favorite. I know that Yoga has increased my strength, kept me flexible, and contributed to any degree of calm I have found in this crazy world. I can remember my first teacher saying "now take a rest in downward dog". What? A rest? In that pose? You must be kidding. But after 3 or 4 years of practice I discovered that downward dog is indeed a resting pose. I guess that makes me an advanced beginner...right?

I found Anasa Yoga soon after the studio opened. At the time I was living in the Laurel neighborhood but even now that I live in San Leandro, I drive to Anasa for a weekly class or two. At Anasa I find a welcoming community, excellent teachers, and a place to park! My current favorite is the Tuesday morning class with Liz Raven. Liz, as is true with every teacher at Anasa, encourages students to do what works for them without worrying about the strength, balance, or ability of anyone else in the room. She understands the link between brain and body and that fascinates me.

I am fortunate enough to have been retired for nearly 3 years. Nineteen years ago I started volunteering at Chabot Space and Science Center (www.chabotspace.org). I'm at the science center 3 or 4 times per month. Being retired leaves me more time for this passion as well as a new one I discovered 2 years ago. Twice a week, I serve as a volunteer Alameda County Marriage Commissioner, marrying couples who drop in to the County Recorder's Office in downtown Oakland to "the knot". Lucky me!! 

Thank you Yoga. Thank you Anasa.
by Teri Schlesinger
We're looking for good help

We invite students with limited budgets for self care to support the studio while we support your practice. The Work Exchange Program requires a 3-month commitment to assist in operating and maintaining the studio, or assisting in marketing and social media in exchange for a Class Package. Reliability, strong effort, and excellent customer service are required. 

Scroll down here on our Pricing & Policies page to learn more .

Upcoming Anasa Events

Intro to Yoga for Absolute Newbies
with Katrina Lashea

A Six-Week Series
Monday nights beginning 2/25
7:30 - 8:30pm

SOLD OUT! Now taking wait list reservations.
Katrina Lashea is leading this 6-week introductory yoga series on Monday nights from Feb. 25 through April 1. The series will include learning and practicing yoga poses, breathing awareness, and meditation. No yoga experience is necessary.

9 Mornings of Yoga Ritual for Spring!
with Annabelle Teleki

March 18 - 26 (9 mornings)
6:30 - 7:30am
Start this Spring with Annabelle in a 9-day mindfully devotional yoga practice w here we'll reset and recommit to showing up daily for our practice!  Each day we will repeat the same practices to cultivate and strengthen a wellness routine. We'll share ancient rituals of yoga and dive deep into meditation, mantra, pranayama (breath work) bhakti (devotion) and subtle elements of asana (physical postures/movement).
Meditation for Awakening 
with Satya de la Paz

A Four-Week Series
Tuesdays, March 26 - April 16
7:30 - 8:15pm

Using the meditation practice of Tonglen, or "taking and sending," we will cultivate a capacity to be with our pain in a way that awakens compassion and wisdom. Through guided meditation, visualization, and discussion we will cultivate unconditional acceptance and kindness toward our suffering and the suffering in the world.

Previous meditation experience recommended. Pre-register early to guarantee your spot.

Restorative Yoga and
Sound Healing
with Elika Aird &
Shree Shyam Das

Saturday, April 6
2:00 - 4:30pm
Back by popular demand! E njoy supported restorative yoga poses with the divine sounds of the Halo drum. All levels and abilities welcomed, including pregnancy.

Introduction to Mindfulness:
A Six-Week Training in Mindfulness
with Kimber Simpkins

A Six-Week Series
Tuesdays, April 23 - May 28
6:30 - 8:30pm

Explore what mindfulness means and discover how this this wise and gentle training of your mind can have a daily, lasting impact on your self-care, your work, and your relationships. Pre-register early to guarantee your spot.

Mindfulness-Based Pain Neuroscience Education
for Yoga Teachers & Yoga Therapists

Presented by Samuel Merritt University,
Physical Therapy Department

For Yoga Teachers, Yoga Therapists, and all others interested in the bridge between yoga, neuroscience, and pain.

Saturday, May 11
2:00 - 5:00pm
Suggested donation $20 to support the community partners, Anasa Yoga and YogaLove, in bringing this training to you.
Learn more about the neuroanatomy of pain,  current models of understanding pain,  and the importance of teaching these models to people with chronic pain so that they may take an important step toward shifting their experience of living with it.

Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Units available.

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Be well,
Jean Marie
Co-founder Anasa Yoga
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