Anna Janssen

Student level

I started my yoga practice with a love for the physical asanas, excited by my progression on the mat and how I began to feel during and after classes. I became more and more curious the non physical concepts that were explored in these classes and noticed the changes that a regular yoga practice was having on my life off the mat. As a paramedic, yoga allows me to unwind mentally, whilst entering a space of never ending introspection.

I love teaching Vinyasa and Yin in a way that is accessible for people of all abilities and backgrounds. I am passionate about anatomy, rad music playlists and creating juicy sequences. Although I'm convinced my students come mostly for my massages and butt presses.

I run Ginyasa (yes, YOGA and GIN) on the Mornington Peninsula. More recently, I've found empowerment using props and creating a space where people are comfortable in exploring their practice without judgement or expectation.

Teaching & Certification

  • Essence of Living 200YTT at Live Life Well Studio in Chelsea. Facilitated by Cara Gillespie.
  • Om People 50hr Immersion - Josh Blau, Mark Pheely, Irene Ais
  • Sacred Architecture 30hr at Power Living - Duncan Parviainen
  • Creative Sequencing at Here Yoga - Nikky Grimsdale
  • Yin 25hr at Warrior One - Dustin Brown and Phoebe Cole

Teaching Style

  • Adjustments/Assists: Yes, but I like to check students are comfortable with this first.

  • Theming: Yes! Although I feel as though this is something I am continuing to explore and develop. Common themes: anatomy (groups of postures, shapes, planes of the body), mindfulness (gratitude, acceptance, awareness, removing judgement), peak posture progression

  • Sequencing: In a Vinyasa class I follow a "mountain approach" starting at the bottom, gradually building to a peak, and then coming back down slowly to savasana. In Yin I generally focus on a particular fascial line (superficial backline etc) with the use of Yoga Tune Up balls.

  • Music: A variety! RnB, Instrumental, Hip Hop, Folk, East Forest, Lapsley, Moby, Alt J, Ludovico Einaudi, Bon Iver

On & Off the Mat With: Anna Janssen

As a yoga teacher, what inspires and motivates your teaching?

The ability of my body to move every day and sync to my breath. The incredible teachers that I practice with and have trained with.

How has your own yoga practice evolved since becoming a teacher?

It continues to evolve and shift every day. I've incorportated so much more pranayama, meditation and removed plenty of unsafe ego!

I am passionate about anatomy, rad music playlists and creating juicy sequences.

Do you have any yoga teachers that you admire and/or look up to? Who are they?

Katie Mellican, Duncan Parviainen, Amelia Schrader, Nikky Grimsdale, Sarah Metzger

For those of us that haven't practiced with you before, what can we expect from your classes?

Lots of jokes, a high likelihood of repeating the same side, sweet tunes, juicy savasana massages.

What type of class could you teach all day, everyday and why?

Ginyasa - it brings people together and creates a beautiful connection in a fun, inclusive and relaxed environment. Filled with laughter, good tunes and quality gin.

Do you practice any other form of movement or fitness besides yoga? If so, what kind?

Gym - strength, mobility and conditioning training

What's your go-to spot in Melbourne to get inspired?

High Vibe with Katie Mellican

Which 3 icons or figures would you want to sit next to at a dinner party and why?

JK Rowling - huge Harry Potter Fan
Emma Watson - she's an absolute beauty who advocates for women all over the world
Duncan Parviainen - he is an absolute delight

Finish this sentence. "I feel the most like myself when..."

I'm smiling, in the sunshine, taking in breaths of gratitude.

And lastly because it's fun, what animal do you identify with?

A staffy - I'm needy, I have skin allergies and I love food.

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