Anna Farkas is a Brooklyn based yoga teacher, writer and health coach. She leads international yoga retreats, most recently to Bahia, Brazil. Her writing is featured in Elephant Journal and Shut Up & Yoga. Anna began her career in movement as a professional dancer. She loves hot climates and beaches and most often has a green juice in her hand when she is not upside down in an inversion. Anna is also a certified Acroyoga teacher with Yoga Beyond. She teaches an alignment based practice, leading with her heart and an endless amount of optimism.
What do I do best?
I help people celebrate who they are. Not just to be ok with it, but to love, honor and embrace it fully. I was never part of the normal, the standard, or anything related to a typical American up-bringing. For a time, I tried to fit in, to be who I saw all of these other people being, dressing like other people, acting like other people, even holding jobs that I thought would make me fit in, likeable, loveable. After many years of turmoil and heart ache, I finally realized being myself was really the only option. I teach to remind people of their own beauty, self-worth and uniqueness. Being able to embrace ourselves fully is an essential baseline for our health and happiness.
What makes me the best version of myself?
I have a naturally sunny disposition, I’m generally positive and I expect the best outcome of all situations. It’s sometimes a quality that leaves me vulnerable or disappointed. Still, I wouldn’t change it.
What are my aspirations?
I feel very grateful for all that I’ve been exposed to already. My desire, generally, is to help people realize that they can live these really beautiful lives. That takes many forms on a personal level, cultivating community through dinner parties, book clubs, etc.. On a professional level, the international retreats I’ve been leading have been super rewarding and I look forward to leading more and building up to running yoga teacher trainings in the near future.
My Biggest Success?
I think some of my biggest success is the self-growth that I’ve done. I’ve had a few moments so far in my life, where I had huge learning lessons, when I had to stop and look at what I was doing and really fine tune how I was living. Months of meditation, sobriety, journaling and mantras in order to really shift things. Those are my proudest moments.
My Most Challenging Moment?
There’s always a way.
My Favorite People/Role Models?
My role models are those who are very real about their life. Our lives don’t have to be perfect to be inspirational or aspirational. Rather I’m more inspired by those who have gone through challenges and come out on the other side stronger wiser and not afraid to share it. Brene Brown, Oprah, Iyanla Vanzant and Seane Corn to name a few.
My Favorite Places/Destinations?
Warm places with lots of sun near the ocean.
My Favorite Products/Objects?
My dharma yoga wheel, seaweed snacks and my Lifestraw water bottle.
My Current Passions?
Vegan cooking without recipes, de-cluttering spaces (my own and others), running out of pages in my passport.