Keep your travel plans blissful with “Sisters from AARP”

September 24, 2019

Although African Americans make up more than 13% of the U.S. population, we own fewer than 7% of the businesses in the US. So we celebrate and support those of us who’ve beaten the odds in order to offer our unique brands of products, services, and yoga studios across the country! The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) included Anasa in their list of Black-owned yoga studios to visit during your travels. Click on one of those colorful cushions at Ama Wellness to read more. And a big shout out to the other Black-owned studios in the Bay Area too! We’re in good company with Yoga Love (Oakland), Hot Spot Yoga (Oakland), Doux Yoga (Crockett), and Satori Yoga studio (SF). If we missed anyone, please email us with the details.

Mindful Studio Sept/Oct 2019 issue. Photos by Mawiyah Johnson

Mindful Studio Sept/Oct 2019 issue. Photos by Mawiyah Johnson

Mindful Studio magazine captures the essence of Anasa Yoga

September/October, 2019

We’ve discovered many useful tips for running a business from this magazine. This time we were honored to share our wisdom with the yoga studio community! Check out the online version of the article. Or see the entire issue, including the Editor’s Notes with the Co-Founders stories, plus more photos of students and teachers experiencing the love at Anasa.

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Anasa Student Teri Schlesinger thinks we're "A Hole in the Wall"!

September 7, 2017

Check out our KGO radio broadcast with Teri and Brian Copeland during his special segment featuring Bay Area small businesses recommended by their customers.  Click the link to listen in September 7, 2017: Hole in the Wall - Anasa Yoga in Oakland

Main Street Launch visits Anasa Yoga on Feb. 13, 2017

Main Street Launch visits Anasa Yoga on Feb. 13, 2017

Main Street Launch ~ Client Spotlight

February 2017

Main Street Launch has been empowering local, small business owners and veteran-owned businesses in the Bay Area since 1979. They provide capital, education, and relationships that allow community-oriented entrepreneurs to flourish, create jobs, and stimulate economic development in low-to-moderate income communities.  “At our first meeting with Main Street Launch I had a strong sense of relationship and felt Main Street’s desire to partner with us to help make our dream come true.  That was the type of funder we were seeking for our business,” remembers Jean Marie.  

Learn more about Main Street Launch and see our Client Profile at

WEN Spotlight ~ On Being Green

November 2016

The Women's Environmental Network (WEN) is a group of more than 2,000 members in the San Francisco Bay Area whose interests range from environmental education and conservation, to public policy and renewable energy.  Founded in 1997 and run by an all-volunteer board of directors, WEN supports a diverse community working collaboratively to bridge leadership gaps and advance women's interests toward a more equitable, sustainable, and resilient planet.  

Learn more about WEN and see Jean Marie's Spotlight at

The Value of Black-Owned Businesses

July 12, 2016

By Rachel Zabonick

Jean Marie Moore, co-founder of Anasa Yoga, tells us about their mission as a Black-owned business to bring yoga, health, and wellness into their neighborhood and of the responsibility for inclusive leadership in growing community. See the full article here at

How a Yoga Studio in Oakland Practices Environmental & Social Sustainability

January 2016

Carolina Miranda, a Sustainability Coach from Cultivating Capital, interviews Anasa Yoga co-founder and instructor Jean Marie In this ongoing series that highlights local businesses demonstrating what sustainability looks like in action.  Read the full article here at

Katrina shares her yoga journey with Gaiam and the #EverybodyBends Campaign

January 2016

When Katrina Lashea started practicing yoga over 30 years ago, she often found that she was the only person of color, male or female, in any of her classes. Now she and her business partner, Jean-Marie Moore, co-own Yoga Anasa in Oakland, a welcoming space founded on the idea that yoga offers benefits for everyone, no matter their age, race, or what brought them to the mat in the first place.

You Don’t Have To Be Flexible To Do Yoga (Gasp!): Advice For Newbies From Anasa Yoga Co-Founders

April 13, 2015

By Princess Gabbara, BDO Daily Contributor

Katrina recommends that first-timers try seeking out an instructor who has the depth of knowledge to be able to modify the poses for their bodies. A few other things to keep in mind - avoid eating for at least 1-2 hours before class begins, bring your own personal mat, towel, and refillable water bottle,  wear comfortable clothing, and be prepared to be barefoot.  See the full article here at

Two Local Studios Share How Yoga Builds Community When Everyone Feels Welcome

April 2014

Niema Jordan, a freelance writer and editor from Oakland and UC Berkeley Grad student, interviewed Anasa Yoga co-founders for her "Yoga and Inclusivity" project.  See how Anasa and Adeline studios strive to make the practice more accessible to all.  More about Niema at

Ebony Magazine's Top Black Yogis and Yoga Studios in the United States

March 2014

Crystal Whaley, Contributing Editor to Ebony Magazine, lists prominent Black yogis and Black-owned studios around the country.  We always feel blessed when our new studio is recognized, especially on the national level!  See the full list here at

Katrina Lashea featured in Yoga Journal’s December 2013 issue

Katrina Lashea, Anasa Yoga co-founder and yoga instructor, demonstrates a sequence of 16 asanas (poses) for radiant energy created by Larissa Hall Carlson for a physical and mental energy pick me up.