Born and raised in Armenia, Anait came to to the USA with her family when she was 18. She loves helping people, especially the disadvantaged, so she chose the perfect profession to be able to do this. As a special education teacher, Anait loves working with students with special needs and their families.
Anait started her yoga journey at the East Valley YMCA about 12 years ago and have had several teachers since then. Seeking a workout to improve her posture, she walked into her first yoga class with her daughter. Little did she know it was going to become a lifelong activity to enjoy in many different ways. With encouragement from teachers and other yogis, she persisted in her yoga practice overcoming challenges on the journey.
Anait joined the Root 2 Rise Yoga community about 7 years ago when Michelle started teaching at the East Valley YMCA, and has been attending Michelle's Saturday classes regularly since then. She's also attended several retreats, hike + yoga, yoga + meditation + potluck at Michelle's mom's backyard (the original location for Root 2 Rise Yoga's early years of yoga tastings), Sunday yoga at the park and "am always looking forward to what's next," she says, "Every event with Root 2 Rise Yoga has been memorable because it's all about being yourself, sharing who you are and learning from each other."
Anait reflects on insights gained from her 12-year practice:
Yoga has helped me gain confidence and strength in my personal and professional life and in my relationship with my family. As we smile and find joy through even difficult poses and flows, I remind myself to do the same every day of my life. I always remember: smile, and breath, you are not going to be here forever. Yoga has made me stronger physically and emotionally. It has helped me understand myself, my habits--good or bad, and how to overcome them. As yoga poses are always work in progress, so are we as individuals. We continue to grow and hopefully become better in every aspect of our lives.
I am thankful and grateful to have met Michelle. I am always inspired by her energy, courage, love and compassion. As we all know, life happens. There have been periods in my life when I couldn't attend classes but continued my practice on my own and returned as soon as I could. I encourage everyone to not give up, continue taking classes and attending different events. The benefits are incredible for both mind and body. My hope is to join Costa Rica retreat with Root 2 Rise soon.
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REviews of Root 2 Rise Yoga with Michelle chua:
Michelle truly lives out what she teaches. She is so much more than a yoga teacher - I learned this when I went on her exquisitely curated trip that she organized to Costa Rica this past June 2018...Hopefully like me, you'll be delighted by her effervescent love of movement, nature, and all people!
Michelle clearly stands out with her beautiful and bright energy. I love how her practice and teaching encompass body, mind and spirit. She not only teaches yoga but lives and exudes it.
Michelle not only teaches 'yoga', she embodies it fully with her heart and soul...
Michelle is by far one of the best instructors I've ever had, period. Patient, clear in her explanations and demos, and so encouraging...
My first yoga class was with Michelle years ago. You can have the best (yoga pose) sequence and not teach from your heart. With Michelle, I also feel her passion when I'm in her class. I can see she loves what she does, and she inspired me to want to teach yoga, too.
I'm so grateful to have met Michelle! Her kind energy opened up my interest in pursuing yoga and meditation. She is such an incredibly light and soul. She starts with grounding ourselves through mindfulness and breathing exercise. She brings the most authentic energy to the class by sharing the history and understanding behind poses, names, and techniques. I truly appreciate her work and impact on my well-being!
I’ve had dozens of instructors over the years, but Michelle is far and away the best yoga mentor I’ve ever practiced with. She epitomizes grace during these difficult times. Michelle has saved my sanity and my back while working from home, keeping me grounded with her sharing of yogic teachings and meditation techniques. Her repertoire of physical asanas is encyclopedic, and I’ve loved learning new poses and stretching my boundaries. Jump in, all. You’ve got this!
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