In the series of “Berlin Yoga Conference Presents”, this article is dedicated to the Berlin Yoga Conference Festival Opening Ceremony with Anna Giunta and Amber Riya.

Photo: Brava Magazine

Some background information first.

When I first planned the program for the Berlin Yoga Conference, I invited teachers exclusively from out of town. My idea for this was the following: Berliners already had access to these amazing Berlin teachers, so why not bring the teachers from other cities and countries then? Furthermore, I even set a specific ration of national (German) VS international (from outside of Germany and Europe) teachers to be 50/50, which is still very much the case.

However, with time I realized that my thinking was not wholistic. Since I wanted this to become an international yoga event that reflects on the local yoga community, I needed to get the Berlin teachers on board, to give them a chance to present themselves to an international audience and to get them involved in this major Berlin yoga happening. This is how the idea for the Berlin Yoga Conference Festival Program was born.

Photo: Nick Martin

ANNA GIUNTA | Anna Flawsome Yoga

Originally hailing from Italy but feeling like a true citizen of the world, Anna spent many years in London, Ibiza and now Berlin. Formerly working in the electronic music scene as a radio speaker and then talent agent, Anna discovered Yoga 10 years ago and immediately grew devoted to it. While going through some tough times in her previous career, her consistent Yoga and meditation practice helped her rise above all the obstacles and fears. Yoga offered Anna a path to constant improvement and re- discovery of her authentic Self.

These days Anna is a Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor, who is passionate about sharing the empowering benefits of yoga with her community, Anna has been teaching in Berlin, Italy and Spain Vinyasa Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Post-partum Yoga, Yoga for kids, Yoga Nidra and Meditation. Besides, her curriculum for Yoga has been implemented with her studies at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition: Nutrition & Holistic Health School. In 2018 she founded Flawsome Yoga Wellness a service that integrates Yoga practice, wellness coaching, nutrition advice and encourages healthy lifestyle habits. Rooted in the belief that nutrition is not one-size-fits-all, Anna is committed to helping women and men to find balance, strength, and confidence, enhancing their creativity to do the things that inspire them in their lives.

Anna’s Yoga classes are created to motivate and encourage people to delve deeper into their body, mind, and souls. Flawsome Yoga is a flow that takes care of the natural change that individuals go through on a daily basis while accepting each person as they are in the moment. It is a practice that embraces the perfection existing in everyone just the way we are but also takes into consideration the need to improve and transform, giving us the chance to bring out the best in ourselves every day.

Photo curtesy of Amber Riya

Festival Opening Ceremony at the Berlin Yoga Conference

Anna will be leading the following session at the Berlin Yoga Conference May 24-26:

Cacao Ceremony & Heart Opening Flow with Anna Flawsome Yoga featuring Amber Riya | 10:00-12:00 | Friday, 24.05

Have you ever practised yoga high on cacao?

Health Coach and Yoga teacher Anna believes that there’s nothing that bonds people together like food and cacao beans, which are considered the world’s most precious food. In fact, the word kə-ˈkau̇ means food of the gods. Cacao is a gentle way for people to experience awakening, a revelation that’s safe and available. Integrating meditation on cacao, breath-work and a heart-opening dynamic Yoga Flow, this is going to be a full body and soul bonding experience.

The whole ceremony will be filled with the angelic voice and music of Amber Riya. Amber is a channel of sacred sound that permeates the body, heart and spirit. Her alchemical sound enfolds the listener and brings a deepening and softening quality to spiritual practice. Come to sing yourself, celebrate yourself and pour your heart out with us!