Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Off the Mat with Anthony

Get to know Anthony, RYT500 & Zuna Yoga assistant trainer

Describe yourself in one word. 
Unpretentious

What is your spirit animal?
The Bull Ant. Where I grew up there is a particular ant, the Bull Ant, which I remember being fascinated by as a kid. They are so animated, and seem to be ready to take on any creature regardless of its size. When I come across a lone Bull Ant hiking, I swear just as I’m about to step over it, it’s staring at me preparing for battle. ‘Ant’ is also the shortened form of my name which I've always preferred, and I like to think I embody ant-like characteristics such as strength, hard work and being a team member.  

What is your astrological sign?
Sagittarius

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.
I am a Bonsai enthusiast. It’s a bit hard to pursue the hobby as I'm often away from home, but there is a lovely couple (Mum & Dad) to whom I have entrusted keeping them watered and fertilized. I get so excited when I see new growth on my planties and love taking my time shaping these living art forms.
                        
What do you love about Bali? 
The plant life. From the jungles, the beautiful gardens with awesome trees you find in temples; to even the interesting looking plants that sprout from the footpaths. This place is so fertile and lush compared to where I’m from, and vegetation seems to grow out of everything. I love exploring quiet, winding roads on the scooter and seeing cool trees with their huge roots grasping the road’s edge and vine-covered limbs towering above.   

What's your favorite place to eat in Ubud? 
The Elephant with their awesome chili jam

What are your three top travel tips? 
Get up early, don’t waste the day.
Avoid planning lots of different activities for a single day. It’s hard to enjoy things when you’re looking at the clock.
Always carry water.

What book are you reading right now? 
Wuthering Heights

Three songs on your playlist right now? 
I don’t do the digitals but the last three records I bought were Dr. Dre "2001," Alicia Keys' "Songs in A Minor" and "Al Green’s Greatest Hits," which is on green colored vinyl!  

One thing you're really good at: 
Beatboxing.

One thing you're epically bad at: 
Winking. I’m facially uncoordinated.

What do you do for fun? 
Singing, dancing and being merry with loved ones.

What's your biggest pet peeve? 
Littering.

How did you make your first dollar? 
Child labour. I would pull a specific weed from our paddock, and Dad paid me one dollar for every wheelbarrow I filled.

What are the three qualities that got you where you are today?
Hard work, honesty, and a sense of humour. 

What's your favorite thing about being a yoga teacher?  
The people you meet. It's amazing how people from totally different walks of life can come together and beautifully share the practice of yoga.

What's your biggest challenge as a yoga teacher?  
Not spreading yourself too thin. Saving time for yourself and your own practice.

What are you working on in your own practice? 
The breath. Always working on a deeper, longer, more masterful expression of my most essential function.

What's your favorite yoga pose, and why?
Ustrasana. Give me nine full breaths in camel and I’m glowing.

What's your favorite quote?
"Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens" ~Jimi Hendrix

What advice would you give to your younger self? 
Life’s simple, not easy. Find your purpose in life and never give up.  

Anthony is based in Perth and is assisting Zuna Yoga's 200 hour and 300 hour Bali yoga teacher trainings. Learn more about our staff here! 

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