Today we’d like to introduce you to Anjali Alamshaw.
Hi Anjali, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Thank you so much for having me! My name is Anjali and I’m a pre-med student in my gap year before medical school. I recently graduated from U.C. Berkeley in May 2020 . While I was a college student at Berkeley, I noticed that many students, including my close friends, were much more focused solely on work and striving for good grades rather than cultivating a healthy work-life balance. This inspired me to teach a class about happiness at Berkeley. In this class, we focused on mindfulness, gratitude, and kindness and how these are techniques and many others can be incorporated into our routine to add more happiness to our day. As I continued to teach this class, I realized just how important mindfulness in particular is in daily life and decided to enroll in a 200-hour yoga teacher training program. Even though I was committing to many hours of training during my busiest school semester yet, which involved a notoriously tough organic chemistry class, I learned firsthand just how beneficial balance is in my life.
I decided to teach yoga classes while being a full-time student and I believe that having a committed mindful practice allowed me to find a flow state on and off my mat. I also began a lifestyle and wellness blog to share weekly intentions, healthy recipes, travel guides, and more. As the pandemic began, I realized that I could use my blog platform to also bring yoga to our communities virtually. I created my small business , Yoga with Anjali, to teach yoga to the community, and for corporations and businesses. I am continuing to teach on Zoom and more recently in person for vaccinated individuals!
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I have definitely faced various challenges trying to find a healthy balance in the midst of challenging classes and unpredictable life events. For example, pursuing a 200-hour yoga teacher training while being a pre-med student is a pretty unconventional path that made me question if I was making the right decision. However, juggling different priorities that I was passionate about taught me how to work even more effectively and productively than I ever had to before. I ended up receiving my best grades so far at that point in my college career, and I truly believe that incorporating more mindfulness into my routine had something to do with that. When moving through various challenges, I try to broaden my perspective and recognize how influential my mindset is in just about any situation. By focusing on positivity and writing down what I’m grateful for everyday, I have been able to find gratitude even in tough moments. Appreciating tough circumstances is a practice in and of itself that I’m always striving towards, and it helps me personally navigate through challenging times.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for reading my interview and following along with my journey! I would love to see you in a future yoga class or connect with you through my blog Anjali Adventures (anjaliadventures.com) or my Instagram @anjaliadventures. I have a lifestyle and wellness blog called Anjali Adventures, where I encourage positivity and finding a sense of joy and+ adventure in daily life. I also love to hike and explore outdoors with my mini goldendoodle Oatly, so you’ll see me post my favorite spots to opt outdoors. with him! I love to use my platform presence to focus on wellness, self-care, and intentional living.
Can you share something surprising about yourself?
Something surprising about myself is that I was never able to touch my toes growing up. Most people assume that because I’m a yoga instructor, I’m naturally flexible, but I grew up playing soccer, and running cross country and track. As a result, I actually had and still have pretty tight hips and hamstrings. Yoga is definitely a practice that I’m always working on, and it’s been very rewarding to feel my body become more flexible and to encourage others to try yoga regardless of their flexibility.
- For paid partnerships, I try to work within any budget. My typical rates are $25 per story post and $75 per feed post.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: anjaliadventures.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/anjaliadventures/