Meet the teach. We caught up with Anna Laurita of Davannayoga to find out about Waterfall Yoga and to get the much-acclaimed recipe for Vegan Anna Banana Cake. A cake so good, it has its own Facebook page.
What advice would you give to aspiring yoga teachers?
Keep up your personal practice daily and then teach, teach, teach… to anybody who will be your student.
What was your life before yoga?
I was in corporate PR in the US, Asia and Latin America. I lived in many countries and practiced all kinds of yoga and other healing arts along the way.
How did you get into yoga?
I was in Nepal in 1991 and decided to take a private class and lets just say it showed me how much I could use yoga in my life.
What would you say is the one best thing about yoga?
You always finish feeling Yoga GOOD! You can’t explain it any other way, it’s not ‘I feel good’, ‘I feel wonderful’, or any other thing, it’s ‘Yoga Good’!
What style of yoga would you teach if you weren’t teaching your current style?
Waterfall yoga, where one sits under a waterfall and contemplates.
What was your most embarrassing class teaching experience?
The day I wasn’t fully present.
What was your best class teaching experience?
Every day that I am fully present
Where is your favorite retreat destination?
Puerto Vallarta Mexico… of course
What else do you do apart from yoga?
Walk with my family and my dog, hike, SUP, and hang out in waterfalls
What is your favorite place to visit in the local area?
I like the peace of the ocean anywhere to the South of Puerto Vallarta. I really like the hiking trail between Boca de Tomatlan and Las Animas beaches (only accessible by boat or foot)
Besides yoga what is your favorite thing?
Hanging out with the family swimming in the sea, playing, or creating something like a new dish or some art.
Do you have a signature dish? Can we have the recipe?
ooohhh yaaaaa…. I’m well known for Banana Cake – Anna Banana Cake some of the student teachers even started a recipe sharing facebook page called Banana Cake! Here it goes:
VEGAN ANNA BANANA CAKE
- 2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup oil (I like to use coconut oil)
- 1 tsp (or just a bit more) of cinnamon
- a dash of cardamom
- 4 ripe bananas, mashed
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tsp vanilla
- some organic coconut oil for the pan
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9-inch square baking pan with organic coconut oil if available.
In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt and then the cardamom and cinnamon. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the sugar and oil, then add bananas. Add water and vanilla, stirring to combine.
Add the flour mixture, stirring just until wet.
Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Who? Anna Laurita
What? Davannayoga, www.davannayoga.com
Where? Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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