Funny, Irreverent, Loyal
Where are you from?
I’m a Jamaican living in Miami.
How did yoga come into your life and what has that journey been like for you?
The profound practices of Yoga helped me get through the grief of losing my elders one year apart. The journey has been deep, magical, and life-changing. Yoga has connected me to so many different people, supported me in joy and sorrow, and brought me to a revolution of consciousness. I’d say it’s been an amazing journey so far with more surprises to come.
How has yoga changed and what do you feel it creates in your daily life?
Yoga has taught me to go inward. To uncover the voice of intuition and trust it. To have courage to look at my shadows. To understand that compassion and radical self-love are necessary to be able to offer the same to others. It creates a space for authentic joy.
What is yoga to you?
Yoga is my north star. It helps redirect me when I fall off the mindfulness wagon. There is no longer a difference between my Yoga on the mat and off the mat.
How did you feel after your first yoga class and how do you feel this influences or impacts the space you create for your students?
I felt so embodied after my first yoga class. Like I had finally arrived home in my body and the space around me. I had never felt so whole before. That feeling is what I try to provide for students. Everyone is welcome. Everyone is seen. Everyone is safe. You are home.
Why did you decide to start teaching yoga and what qualities do you feel are important to build and work on as a yoga teacher?
When I experienced the profound healing qualities of Yoga I felt the need to share that with others. It’s important as a teacher to SEE the student in front of you and not the idea of what a pose should look like. It’s the most important to have your own practice so you have something rich and authentic to transmit. You have to do the work before you can teach the work. Remember you are a student before you are a teacher- always.
What has been the most inspirational moment you’ve experienced as a yoga student?
When my intuition very strongly led me to my Himalayan Tantric lineage. I had never heard that inner voice speak so loudly or clearly.
What has been the most inspirational moment you’ve experienced as a yoga teacher?
I’ve had many. But the most recent one was when a student told me that her yoga practice brought her back to her spirituality. That made my heart soar.
Why do you practice?
To stay awake to Life.
Why do you teach?
Because I love to share the rich beauty of Yoga. And I feel blessed every time I teach that I can be a conduit for the teachings. I can get out of the way knowing that any transformation that takes place is the grace that happens between the student and their practice.
What is the single most defining issue facing the global yoga community today?
Holding the space between Namaste and activism.
Do you have any recommended yoga reading?
Loving the simple, yet thought-provoking, message of the Yamas & Niyamas by Deborah Adele.
What advice would you give to someone who is just starting out on their yoga journey?
Student first. Teacher second. Consistent practice is key. Fill your toolbox. Be the light.
Are there any current projects you’re working on that you can tell us about?
Bringing the linear and the spiritual together.
What’s your favorite book?
What’s your favorite meal to make at home?
Vegetarian Picadillo & Parmesan crisps
What do you like to do for fun that’s non-yoga related?
Dance, swim, draw, write poetry, go boating, host dinner parties, read, laugh with friends, go on road trips, be out in nature with Fonzie.
Who is your greatest inspiration?
Do you have a favorite podcast?
Right now I’m listening to Lama Rod.
If you were stranded on an island what 3 things would you bring with you?
Books, my dog Fonzie, my favorite knife
When you were a child what did you want to be when you grew up?
A teacher- lol
What’s your favorite movie?
The Man That Fell to Earth
What’s your favorite TV series?
Do you have a favorite band/singer?
Favorite song to dance to?
Salsa music in general
What’s your favorite quote/affirmation/mantra?
“Look for the rainbow after the rain.” my personal quote
What is your life’s biggest question?
Who is the I?
Among Miami’s most experienced and sought-after yoga teachers, Anamargret Sanchez is a global citizen of Jamaican, Cuban, and German heritage. She is a dedicated teacher and student of the yoga tradition, and has been blessed to study with many respected teachers, including Rod Stryker, creator of Para Yoga, Manorama, founder of Sanskrit Studies, T.K.V. Desikachar, Leslie Kaminoff, Marlysa Sullivan, and Judith Lasater. She is Cofounder of the Enhanced Healing Yoga Studio, located in Miami’s Upper East Side, and Cohosts YOGAMI, a podcast originating in Miami and focusing on “yoga and stuff.” As part of her commitment to giving and service through yoga, Anamargret also founded the Legion Park Community Yoga class, East Miami’s most successful and long-running yoga outreach effort. Anamargret’s classes are challenging, fun, compassionate, and create space for students to shine in their own light.
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