Teacher Feature: Olivia Anselmo

What year did you attend training? Why did you go?

I attended teacher training in Summer 2004. 

At that time in my life I was searching for a career in a field that was relevant to my education. However, I also believed (and still do) that when we work in a field that we have passion for, only then can we experience true success.

I chose to attend teacher training because, in a conversation with a friend of mine on this subject, he told me that he had never seen me speak as passionately about any other subject as when I spoke about yoga, particularly when I was trying to convince someone to try it. I think that is still true of me today.

oliviaanselmo1What is your favorite thing about being a Bikram Yoga instructor?

The thing I love most about being a yoga teacher is that I am able to create the space for people to feel good. I have immense respect and gratitude for each student who comes into the room, because no matter what the exact outcome, we are all there because we want to feel good. When we feel good, people around us feel good. 

Tell us about your own practice. Which posture is most challenging for you and how do you get through it?

After practicing various styles of yoga for 14 years, I have come to a place where I am getting a lot of fulfillment from WHY I am practicing – using the asana to therapeutically create and maintain body, mind and spirit balance. 

(see above, I practice to feel good :))

Outside of Bikram Yoga NYC, what projects are you involved with? What do you do for fun?

I am co-founder of ‘Corinne & Olivia present’. Corinne and I have been leading workshops and retreats together for 5 years. This December we will be doing our 4th annual retreat in Central America. 

www.corinneandolivia.com for more information 

Do you have a favorite inspirational quote or saying?

“Nothing can be achieved without practice”
– Yoga Sutras of Master Patanjali’s 

More than just a quote, this is the foundation of the entire art and science of yoga. More than yoga, I use this as the foundation of living life. 

What are you currently reading or listening to?

I have been listening to Carole King’s Tapestry a lot lately. I just recently started singing lessons and I am working on one the songs from that album. 

Please don’t expect that I will break out in song during your final savasana…let’s leave that to the professionals, people!