Trailblazer: Anne Marie Kramer
Our featured Trailblazer of the week is Anne Marie Kramer: Wanderlust expert, founder of ZUDA Yoga (recently expanded to three Sacramento locations), and mama to the River man (that's right - she named her adorable son River!) She’s always a Wanderlust fest favorite, inspiring growth and change with her vibrant, intuitive teaching. With a degree in Exercise Physiology and 18 years of promoting healthy lifestyles as a trainer and teacher, she brings an exciting dynamic to the yoga community. Get to know her a little better from our Trailblazing Q&A below and be sure not to miss her classes at Wanderlust California!
WL: What aspects of yoga / meditation / spirituality do you bring into your work?
AMK: I co-own three yoga studios in Sacramento, called ZUDA Yoga. In my world, everything is yoga. I teach a vigorous vinyasa practice, and connection to the breath is essential at ZUDA. When I am connected to my breath, I am connected to myself and others. I feel I learn my biggest lessons from that place. Meditation is often incorporated in my classes, sometimes right in the middle of a challenging series. The practice then evolves, right in that moment, to finding stillness/calm in chaos. I do weave a “spiritual message” into each class. It’s usually something funny that happened in my day or week. It has to be fun and interesting… I can link anything back to yoga.
WL: How did you get involved with yoga?
AMK: I started yoga as another way to cross-train at Cleveland Yoga in Cleveland, Ohio. I used to leave savasana to go for a run. Slowly but surely, the yoga creeps in, even when you are not looking. These days, I’m the first one in savasana!
WL: What's your favorite pose?
AMK: I love to be upside down, Period!
WL: What's feeding your wanderlust today?
AMK: My life is all Wanderlust, all day because my partner works full time for the festival. I continue to engage in EVERY festival because it’s literally unavoidable AND its mission lines right up with ZUDA’s mission: to create community through mindful living. The opportunity to forge new relationships, to explore yoga through different lenses is what feeds my wanderlust, my family, my studios, and my yoga.
WL: If you could leave one legacy for your community what would it be?
AMK: Legacy? Geez, most days I am just trying not to poke someone’s eye out! In all seriousness, my hope is that people feel a sense of community and connection with each other. We live in a time where people avoid asking for help. We are brought up to think we can do it all on our own; raise kids, work more than full time, and save the world. Life is so much brighter when we do this good work together. I created ZUDA as a place for people to call home, where they are reminded every time they are on the mat, that they are not alone.