We believe that yoga is a source of endless life benefits for the mind, the body, and the spirit. The word “Anasa” has dual meaning. In India, a boy child named Anasa translates as "indestructible" or "undivided". In Swahili, a girl child named Anasa translates as “joy”. Our tagline Yoga.Health.Community defines our commitment to bringing wellness practices into the Laurel, a community that we fully embrace. We facilitate an atmosphere of community by scheduling classes 30 minutes apart, allowing space for students to connect and get to know each other in our healing, green-certified studios and lounge. It is our vision to be a recognizable symbol of health and peace inspiring transformation in oneself and our community.
Our mission at Anasa Yoga is to improve the health and well-being of our students and empower them to live life more fully. We provide a variety of class offerings for new and experienced practitioners in a welcoming and inclusive environment that honors our community’s diversity.
JEAN MARIE MOORE / Co-Founder
Jean Marie, managing partner & instructor, teaches Y12SR and a weekly donation-based, level 1 vinyasa yoga flow class. She discovered the joys of a regular yoga practice in 2004 as a means of coping with daily stress and healing spinal and leg injuries. As a certified yoga teacher, she completed 200-hr programs with YogaFit and with Piedmont Yoga Studio; a 100-hour Immersion at Yoga Tree focusing on the Tantric roots of Yoga; studies with Rolf Gates in his 500-hour Advanced Vinyasa Training; and continues to grow through Social Justice and Leadership Trainings with Off the Mat, Into the World® . She is certified as a Y12SR (Yoga of 12-Step Recovery) Group Leader. As a UC Berkeley Architecture grad, and a LEED AP in the green building industry, Jean Marie retired her construction management business at the end of 2015 after building K-12 schools for 17 years and works at the studio fulltime. She used her green building skills to assist in the design and certification of Anasa Yoga as Alameda County's only green-certified yoga studio.
KATRINA LASHEA / Co-Founder
Katrina teaches Beginning Yoga and says, “Yoga has been my healing salve for an injured back, broken heart, and shoulder, wrist and neck issues from sitting at a desk in front of an computer now, science is constantly coming in about yoga’s health benefits.” She has taught at Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre, Alameda Yoga Station and Adeline Yoga Studio in Berkeley. She has 20+ years of experience as a program coordinator/theatrical director/health educator and performer for Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre. She is a graduate of the 500-hour Yoga Room, teacher training program. She is an Oakland City Rep for GirlTrek (www.GirlTrek.org), a non-profit national health organization to inspire African American women and girls to live their healthiest and most fulfilled lives-simply by walking. Katrina was featured in the December 2013 issue of the Yoga Journal Magazine’s “Home Practice” for radiant energy.
Yoga comes from the ancient Sanskrit language and means to “yoke” or “join”, as in connecting one’s mind, body, and spirit - or connecting our individual selves and communities with the rest of the world and that which is greater than ourselves. Yoga is believed to have originated in India roughly 5,000 years ago. The physical practices most familiar in Western World studios often prepare the mind and body for stillnesss and meditation. Anasa Yoga offers Hatha Yoga, and other wellness and bodyworks practices. Hatha Yoga includes holding and or flowing through a series of physical poses, also known as “asana” and includes relaxation, meditation, and breathing techniques. Hatha Yoga offered at Anasa Yoga blends safe body alignment with intelligent sequencing of the poses. At Anasa Yoga, there is a class offering for every level of experience from true beginner to advanced practitioner. Anasa Yoga Studio is fully equipped with yoga props to support practitioners in modifying poses and giving a clear sense of the action and direction of the pose.
The health benefits of yoga are well researched and documented. Yoga can help to: develop and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints and reduce incidences of obesity; increase flexibility, strength, balance, and endurance for all ages; and may prevent or delay the development of high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes in adults. Research has found that yoga practitioners experience decreased depression, stress and anxiety-related symptoms. Studies also show that yoga may be more effective than conventional care for reducing chronic low back pain and pain medication use. Yoga provides a balanced fitness regimen for people who regularly engage in strength and aerobic activity, but are looking for ways to maintain a healthy range of motion by maintaining or improving their flexibility, balance, and alignment. Yoga and deep breathing exercises create a genuine sense of calm because they lower blood pressure and slow down the sympathetic nervous system, the system that is responsible for producing hormones in response to stress. A regular yoga practice of at least two times a week teaches one to be present, more aware, and in control of making healthy choices while letting go of harmful ones.
Our community extends from new and experienced yoga practitioners, to yoga teachers, neighbors, and local merchants. And, our yoga practice brings awareness to the knowledge that we are all connected. From allocating 30 minutes between classes, to the essence of our inspired “Love” mural, we strive to make everyone feel welcome and invested in creating a healthy lifestyle. Anasa Yoga strongly believes that if an individual is healthy, so is that community. And community can then become a place where we can work together to identify and solve problems, generate improvements, and raise the quality of life for all.