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Sometimes, we discover our passion in unexpected ways. That's what happened to Anna Manalastas, an Ashtangi, Vinsaya, Yin Yoga and Pregnancy Yoga teacher. It all began with curiosity to try something new. Back in 2012, she was working for one of the biggest film production companies in the Philippines. "I remember I was very stressed and needed an outlet to keep myself healthy," she said. "And there was this yoga studio that opened up near my office, so I was very curious and wanted to try it out."
After several months, Anna found herself enjoying the yoga sessions so much that she pursued yoga teacher training. And from there, she discovered her newfound passion. "I liked yoga because I went there without expectations; whatever comes, you just take it and experience the moment." Read on as we chat more with Anna about what it's like to be a yoga instructor and how yoga can transform your perspective in life.
Fill in the blank: I'm a yoga teacher, a student of life, and a __________.
You were in the film industry for quite some time. What was it like to change career paths?
I was at the time in my life that I really wanted to get out of my current career path. I know I will not have any regrets because pursuing filmmaking is not something that I'd like for my future. So because of that, I was open to possibilities. Yoga came into my life, and it was something I love so I went for it.
As someone who loves planning, security and knowing what to do, it's surprising to say that it wasn't quite scary for me. Being a yoga teacher is not really a stable job when compared to office jobs, so at some point, I had my doubts. It was when I accepted and realised that I may not be as rich as my peers, but I get to do what I love and continued to pursue that things eventually started to fall into place. I started getting more opportunities, and before I knew it everything was provided for. It made me realise that you don’t need to control every single thing, you just have to trust yourself, do what is needed of you, and it will all work out.