YOGA FOR LIFE WITH AFI AYANNA
Rise & Shine Yoga: Tuesdays, 8am
Restorative Rest: Thursdays, 5pm
Enjoy free morning and evening yoga, calming practices and breath work with Afi Ayanna, Certified Soulistic Wellness Coach and RYT-500. Subscribe to the AAACC SF YouTube channel and turn on your notifications to stay connected! Past classes will be save and archived on the AAACC YouTube channel–your healing awaits you.
RISE & SHINE YOGA: Tuesdays, 8am
Energizing practices for the body, mind, and spirit
RESTORATIVE REST: Thursdays, 5pm
Calming regenerative breath work, yin & guided sleep meditations (yoga nidra)
ABOUT AFI AYANNA
As a pre-teen I was obsessed with images churned out in fashion magazines and puzzled that no one looked like me. In a world before Beyonce, as the only “black” girl I felt isolated. After reading Diet for a Small Planet at 11, I decided to become a vegetarian. I sensed, and all the other kids knew then that I was quite a bit different. In the tiny upstate NY town where I grew up, other kids hosted pepperoni pizza parties; I planned a local chapter of Students for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. I never quite fit in. In an attempt to help, I was put on a pharmaceutical course to destruction as doctors attempted to treat seasonal depression with hormonal mood swings. The side effects of the medication caused depression; depression medication made me lose my appetite; appetite loss made me anxious; anxiety feed insomnia … so the story went. You get the picture: as the list of connecting dis-order grew, the number of pill bottles increased. And this was all by the ripe old age of 13.
I tried to eat away my feelings away the more unhappy I became. Things spiraled out of control with a 65 pound weight gain in less than a year & I became even more lethargic, disconnected and suicidal. My penchant for studying weight loss techniques quickly turned into disordered eating. As an overachiever with perfect grades, I could not stand to see my own reflection in the mirror. I vowed to diet for senior pictures and lost over half of my bodyweight in six months. Needless to say I was suffering. The pills, doctors, and treatments had to go.
Dangerously thin and filled with self-loathing I entered my first year of college. I was a prisoner in my own body. There I was introduced to an amazing Food Chemistry class. As I began to study the science of nutrition and how it effects the human body I began to understand my history of being over-medicated, malnourished and underfed.
Enter a path of self-inquiry.
I knew I wanted to get off my depression medication but I did not know how. Serendipitously a friend gave me a book on yogic philosophy, nutrition, and the physical practice. With a one-page diagram and no teacher, I began to put my body in the shape of the pictures on the page.
I yearned to be able to sit in meditation like the text suggested, however I could not stand the sound of my own thoughts.
I learned to go back to the movement because that is all I could manage.
I began to develop more patience to move through the hard edges of my life and breathe into the unknowns.
I began to find peace.
I followed the practice everyday for a year as if my life depended on it, because it did.
Enter another decade of sorting out digestive issues, constipation, GERD, IBS and multiple belly complications from years of self-destruction. Working my way off pharmaceuticals permanently, therapeutic yoga and nutrition now take the place of the pain I once could not imagine a day without. My body, once my test site, has now become my temple. Now nearly two decades of studying yoga and food as medicine, I support clients who yearn to empower themselves to create a full spectrum personal practice to feed your mind, body and spirit.
Let’s talk! Believe me… I’ve been there.
Find more information on Afi Ayanna on her website: www.afiayanna.com