Anna Neiman Passalacqua
Anna Neiman is a food and lifestyle coach and certified Hatha and Peaceful Weight Loss™ through Yoga teacher. After years of struggling with weight and body image issues, Anna discovered yoga and the power of a daily practice. As her perspective and lifestyle shifted, so did her body. Today, in addition to teaching group yoga classes, Anna works with private clients of all ages, helping them to connect with their own best selves and make lifelong change. Based in Northampton, Massachusetts, Anna has coordinated and assisted yoga trainings at renowned yoga retreat centers including Kripalu, Yogaville, and Garrison Institute. Anna is co-creator of At Home with Peaceful Weight Loss and works with Brandt on all aspects of Peaceful Weight Loss through Yoga including the teacher training, workshops, retreats, and seminars.
“The more I practice yoga, the more respect I find for my body. I am grateful to share my experience with the healing, transformational power of Peaceful Weight Loss™ with others like myself who are tired of the struggle and ready for the rewards. It’s a privilege to join you on the journey!”
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Gita Brown, MM, MT-BC
“During my years of training as a classical musician, I gradually became fascinated with the connection between my mind & body. I began studying yoga in 1996 as a means to facilitate greater physical ease during my music performance career. Little did I know that a decade of dedicated private study would lead to attending teacher training to become a yoga teacher!
The physical ease and mental calmness I found through these practices inevitably led to a desire for a more intense course of study, as well as an eagerness to share the benefits with others. In 2007 & 2008 I attended Integral Yoga Teacher Training through the Integral Yoga Academy in Yogaville, Virginia.
While looking for ways to cope with my own sense of helplessness and fear as I watched my ex-husband struggle with alcoholism and obesity, I found an inner reserve of calm and peace through deepening my yoga practice. Years have passed since transforming my personal life, and I now find myself living with balance & awareness.
Very naturally, as I’ve been a teacher for over 15 years, I wanted to share the practice of yoga with others. Several certifications in Integral Yoga introduced me to the branch of Peaceful Weight Loss™ through Yoga. This amazing practice, founded by Brandt Passalacqua, struck me with its simplicity and effectiveness. I have been honored to become a certified teacher in this practice, and know that sharing these teachings with others is an appropriate way to share the benefits I have received from yoga.”
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Peaceful Weight Loss & My Food Story: I am a self-declared foodie. I’ve spent years trying to figure out what I should eat so I can feel healthy, well-nourished, and satisfied without overeating. Over the years I tried just about all the diets out there. And gradually over the years I also learned to explore the “back story” behind the food. I slowly changed my relationship with/to my body, as I discovered I loved yoga, and canoeing and hiking, and even exercise in a gym.
I was put on my first diet by my mother when I was 8 years old. I was a chubby kid and I looked an awful lot like the women on my father’s side of the family. I had their cowlicks in my hair, their eyes and build, and in retrospect it’s clear my parents both feared that I would also gain the extra pounds that both my grandmother and aunt carried all their adult lives.
I didn’t pay much attention to that first diet, but it set me on a course of being super conscious of weight and food. I’ve more than made up for my nonchalant attitude toward that first diet by trying just about every diet out there at one time or another. I spent most of my life in a daily battle with food, weight, my body and my appetites. I gained and then lost the same 25 pounds over and over. I have been more than 50 pounds overweight. I learned to starve myself for weeks at a time every year or so to “manage” my weight.
Then slowly something started to shift. I started to make some changes in my life–some of which had nothing to do with food. I began to do yoga regularly, found myself in a daily routine that included getting enough sleep, and something else started to happen. I began to see how the addiction to food related to my emotional states. This seems obvious, but there was a level of truth and feeling here that I hadn’t been willing to touch.