Anna Guest-Jelley is the founder of Curvy Yoga – a training & inspiration portal for curvy and body lovin’ yoga students and teachers. A writer, teacher and lifelong champion of women’s empowerment and body acceptance, Anna encourages women of every size, age and ability to grab life by the curves, and never let go. Awesome, non?
I just love what Anna puts into the world – check out her fabulous MATifesto for a taste. She truly lives what she gives and is creating a beautiful global yogini movement.
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When were you happiest? I actually think I’m happier now than I’ve ever been. I was going to choose my wedding day because that was such a sweet moment, but I’m sad to say that I spent much of the day inwardly obsessing about how my belly looked in my dress that I didn’t enjoy it as fully as I would have liked.
What was the most important thing that happened to you as a child?I was a fairly sick kid. In addition to colds and strep throat and whatnot, I had a bout with chronic stomach pain in middle school. Then during my Junior year in high school, I had a year of chronic migraines. My life really changed that year. For a long time I thought it was for the worst, but in retrospect, I’m grateful for the lessons pain has brought me. It was those very migraines that eventually led me to yoga – which unlocked an entire world for me: the world of connection with myself and my body.
To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why? The younger version of me. I ignored many of the messages she was trying to send me loud-and-clear – sometimes for years.
What song best explains the soundtrack to your teenage life? I’m Sensitive, Jewel
What does love feel like? An exhale with my face to the sun, while sitting at the beach with my feet in the ocean.
What is the dumbest thing you have done in the name of love? Lied to myself.
What three qualities must/does your life partner possess? My partner is kind above all, willing to grow together and oh so supportive. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
What is your favourite love song? Sail Away, David Gray
What is your secret job title? Catalyst.
What trait do you deplore in others? Condescension.
What is your greatest life lesson (so far)? External to internal – the more I listen to and trust myself, the better everything goes.
What song would you like played at your funeral? Naked As We Came, Iron and Wine
What is your most treasured possession? I wear my jewelry like a talisman – mala bead bracelets, a lotus necklace from my bestie, my wedding rings.
What is your favourite daily ritual? Snoozle (snooze + snuggle before getting out of the bed in the morning).
Who are the five people you would love to host at afternoon tea? My sister and four of my besties. We’d never stop talking!
What song feels like home? Simply Irresistible, Robert Palmer
How do you take care of your body? By listening to what it actually wants, rather than telling it what it should have/do/be.
What has your body taught you? That I am here – in this moment – and that that’s enough.
If reincarnation is a thing, what body do you want to possess in your next life? This one, but I want to start loving it way sooner. Of course, the odds I’d get to be a human again so soon are probably pretty slim, so my back-up choice is a sparrow.
What song never fails to make you feel un-freakin-stoppable? Vogue, Madonna
What feeds your soul? Sunshine, Spring, driving with the windows down, tea with a girlfriend and nowhere to go afterwards, reading in bed, luxurious yoga practices, snuggling with my pups, holding hands with my hubby at the grocery.
What do people thank you for? Telling my truth and letting people know they’re not alone.
If you were to be remembered for one thing, what would you like it to be? Choosing openness, when I could have so easily gone the other way.
What song feels like it was written about you? Anna Begins, Counting Crows