Anna Guest-Jelley, founder of Curvy Yoga, answers our questions.
What’s your favorite time of day?
I love the early evening for sunset and transitioning from work to home -- especially when the days are longer!
What’s your favorite place?
The Oregon coast has my heart forever
What’s your favorite sound?
My husband’s laugh when he finds something really funny
What’s your favorite word? Simple -- it evokes the good things in life for me and reminds me to keep my feet on the earth
Favorite book? Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach is one of my most read, recommended & gifted
Favorite artform? Poetry -- sometimes it just captures a particular feeling so precisely it’s almost painful in how beautiful it is
Favorite form of transportation? I love a good road trip!
Favorite painting? The first time I stood in front of a Rothko, I felt the same way I do standing in front of the ocean.
Favorite person? My sweet hubby
Favorite food? Dark chocolate anything
Favorite name? I’ve always been partial to Clementine
Favorite thing about yourself? My resilience
Favorite recent memory? Walking through the redwoods with my sister
Favorite childhood memory? Going home from the library with huge stacks of books
Favorite leisure activity? Reading -- especially snuggled in bed on cold or rainy days
Favorite quotation? This is actually a poem, but I love it --
“Late Fragment,” Raymond Carver
And did you get what you wanted
from this life, even so?
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel
myself beloved on the earth.
What is your most worn article of clothing? My favorite yoga pants, for sure!
What armful of things would you carry out of your home in a fire? I’m totally not a sentimentalist for things, so this wouldn’t be a big priority for me. If I had time, though, I’d save love notes from my husband.
If we were to throw a party and require you to wear your favorite outfit, what would you show up in? I’m an introvert so this question is my worst nightmare, haha! If I had to choose, though, I’d go with a breezy white top and black pants -- simple, comfortable, elegant.
What is style? Being true to yourself.
What is taste? Being true to yourself.
What is beauty? Being true to yourself.
If you were to be cremated, where would your ashes go? Half to a redwood forest and half to the Oregon coast.
If you were to be reincarnated as an inanimate object, what would it be? A yoga mat
Greatest achievement to date? I think the right answer might be finishing my new book, Curvy Yoga, but the truer answer is following my heart
When or where did you feel most like yourself? I feel most myself when I’m with my beloveds
When or where did you most like yourself? I like myself most days right now -- which I never, ever thought I’d be able to say
What do you regret? Times I wasn’t kind
What did you learn from your parents? To live from my values
What did you learn in school? How to be curious
What did you need to unlearn after school? How to focus mostly on getting the A
What do you spend your money on? Experiences -- especially traveling
Who do you admire? My best girlfriends, who constantly amaze me with their love and smarts
How do you know when you love something or someone? I feel it in my body -- it’s an instinctual knowing (and the same is true for when I don’t)
What makes you really, really happy? Taking a deep breath by the ocean
Most indispensable body part? Heart
Most unique body part? Dimple in my cheek -- my grandmother is proud to be the first person who spotted that :)
What bones have you broken, if any? A tiny bone in my ankle, but that’s it
Organ that you're most grateful for? Heart
Most impressive feat your body has ever accomplished? Sticking with me despite how unkind I’ve been to it at times.
Which chakra(s) take(s) a little extra opening? 3rd
What takes you out of your body? So much! But especially when I’m trying to be someone I’m not.
How do you tune back into your body? I start by feeling my feet on the floor, then take a deep breath.