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Heart to Heart

Meet Your Teacher: Anna Jump

Anna Jump supports our early-bird yogis with thoughtful, challenging, and soulful classes every Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. We caught up with her to talk about her life, practices, and what inspires her on and off the mat.

 

If you could describe your teaching style in three words, which would you choose?

Playful but precise

 

What do you hope students will take away from your classes?

On the mat, I want students to engage the body, breath, and mind, and to leave feeling grounded and attuned as they engage with the world off the mat.

 

When you think back on your personal yoga journey, what is one standout way it has changed your life?

This question brings to mind something Hinduism scholar Douglas Brooks told his students in a lecture this year: “Yoga is the drawing together of who we say we are and who we want to be.”

There is not one standout way that yoga has changed my life — it is everything.

 

What’s a quote, poem, or personal mantra that’s resonating with you right now?

“I want to be in the beautiful dance with what’s dancing with me.” -Adrienne Maree Brown

 

When you’re not teaching at SYJ, what can we find you doing?

Working from my dining room table, dancing, reading, listening, cooking, snuggling my dog, rock climbing, daydreaming.

 

Is there a song you’ve had on repeat lately?

According to Spotify, “Two Thousand and Seventeen” by Four Tet was my most listened to song of 2020. For 2021, I bet my top song will be anything by Phoebe Bridgers.

 

What does the SYJ community mean to you?

The SYJ kula is the embodiment of satsanga: good company.

Donna always reminds us that you are the company you keep, so keep good company. SYJers like to dig deep, practice presence, hold space, laugh, listen to groovy music, and do smart, sweaty asana.

 

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be?

In Donna’s 10 a.m. Sunday “church” class in a post-COVID world with Aretha Franklin blasting from the speakers, while getting a hands-on adjustment in parivrtta janu sirsasana.

After that? Probably on a beach in Bali.

 

What’s one beautiful thing that happened to you during the COVID-19 pandemic?

I finally ran out of excuses to not do things I’d been wanting to do for years.


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