When the program was cut by the Board of Regents, she was chosen to speak before the board to represent UL’s philosophy department and to plead for them to reverse their decision. The study of philosophy may be dwindling in Louisiana’s schools, but Anna keeps it as her mission to spread the love of wisdom.Anna’s interest in philosophy took a turn from the analytical to the spiritual as she pursued her yogic path. She has been practicing yoga for four years of her young life and just recently earned her 200-hour yoga teacher certification under Jerry Smith- Guidry. Anna is driven by her passion for teaching and the honor of serving others
Co-Founder, Jivamukti Yoga School
Author, Jivamukti Yoga: Practices for Liberating Body and Soul
“Jerry is an excellent teacher who embodies /teaches/conveys a wholistic understanding of what’s really meant by the word ‘yoga’.”
Erich Schiffmann,Yoga Master, Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness
Jerry’s interest in the connection between the mind and the body began while she was an undergraduate student at the University of Southwestern Louisiana. While there, she received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Jerry went on to receive a Master of Science in Psychology and Applied Physiology from Meridian University.
Jerry also received a Master of Metaphysical Science degree from the University of Metaphysics.
Invested in the power of touch, Jerry is a state licensed and nationally certified Massage Therapist. She received additional certifications in Prenatal and Infant Massage, as well as, Neuromuscular Therapy.
She obtained certification to teach from Jivamukti Yoga School and the White Lotus Yoga Foundation, as well as being an inspired Anusara Yoga instructor. She is also an Experienced Registered Yoga Instructor at the 500 hour level (E-RYT500) with the Yoga Alliance, which means that she is able to train other yoga teachers. Her Pilates training is from the Physical Mind Institute, where she received certification as a Pilates Mat Instructor and a Pilates Equipment Instructor.
In all things, Jerry looks to combine the spiritual with the physical. She is an ordained minister of World Congregational Fellowship Church and affiliated with the International Metaphysical Ministry. Her goal is to teach people to come into conscious realization of the divinity within, and the unity of God and man.
Just a guy working on “being the change” one day at a time with a yoga mat, running shoes and a bike.
After sustaining a lingering injury from running The New York City Marathon in 2007 Scott began a rehabilitation routine that consisted mostly of yoga poses. But this did not lead him to a regular practice of yoga, it was not until he backpacked throughout Europe where he meet and then traveled with several yogis that he knew that yoga was something he wanted to incorporate into his exercise routine along with running, cycling and weight training. He knew that this would help him overcome his injuries more quickly and give him more balance to counteract all of the directional motions that were apart of running and cycling. But what he realized only after taking a few classes that this was only the tip of the iceberg, he immediately fell in love with philosophy of yoga and not just the asanas of yoga. “Yoga is part of me and was a part of my life, it had always been there but I had never realized that it was Yoga.” Scott has been a yogi ever since, and it did not take long for him to realize that he wanted to become a Yoga Teacher and wanted to share all of the awesome things that his yoga practice had given and continues to given him with others.
Graduate of ULL in General Studies with a minor in Humanities and concentrations in Marketing & International Business.
During a hike to the top of Mt. Schilthorn, Switzerland my two new yogi best friends and I stopped for a photo op at 8000 ft on this bench with the back drop of the Swiss Alps. We took pictures of them performing their favorite pose with this epic backdrop. I did not know any pinnacle poses, the majority of the poses I knew were twist, bridges and cat/cow’s. My friends quickly described eagle pose (Garuda) and this picture is my first attempt, and then at this moment I knew I was going to practice yoga.
In June, 2007, shortly after completing her teacher training, she decided to leap into teaching yoga full time. Shannon is grateful and excited to share her knowledge and experience with anyone who is interested. She is constantly adding to her knowledge through self study and attending workshops. For Shannon, yoga is a practice that is to be lived not something that we just do in a classroom. She also practices reiki, another healing art form, and holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.