“It’s also helpful to realize that this very body that we have, with its aches and its pleasures,
is exactly what we need to be fully human, fully awake, fully alive.” – Pema Chödrön
I’m Anya Taylor. I first became interested in movement in my late teens when I thought to myself, “I better start moving more, I need to start good habits now before I get older and it’s too late.” And so my relationship with my body and movement began. I found biking, swimming, snowboarding, running and Yoga, and they all fulfilled me and brought me joy in different ways.
However, along with these different types of movement came injuries and pain. These injuries and pain gave me more information about myself and my body on a deeper level which led me to explore what was happening in my body, how it worked, and what I could do to relieve it of pain and heal. I started experimenting with massage, chiropractic care, acupuncture, and other types of bodywork. After college I continued a deeper exploration into yoga which deepened my personal yoga and meditation practice as well as my interest in the mind/body/spirit connection.
This eventually led me to pursue my career in massage therapy and Pilates.
I pursued Pilates as a movement and rehabilitation modality in order to help us develop strength and heal from our injuries, as well as become more connected to and aware of our bodies, how we move, and how we feel in our bodies. In my own experience, movement, Pilates, yoga, and bodywork have all helped me to get in touch with myself on a deeper level, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I believe we can grow and learn more about ourselves by becoming in touch with our bodies on more subtle levels.
I have been a practitioner of therapeutic bodywork and Pilates in Oakland for over 16 years. After working as a massage therapist and Pilates instructor at a physical therapy clinic for many years, I started my own practice working with clients privately in my own space. I am passionate about working one-on-one with people and seeing them grow stronger, become more mindful of their bodies and, ultimately, heal and change. I strive to empower my clients with a mind-body awareness that can be carried into their everyday lives.
I am a seeker at heart. I am continually looking for new adventures and embarking on new journeys that will help me grow and learn.
I am currently pursuing an Interfaith Spiritual Director and Coaching course in Berkeley. Please ask me if you are interested in finding out more about this work.
I look forward to meeting you and embarking on a journey of healing, recovery, and self-knowledge with you.
Education & Training
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
Certified Yoga Instructor
Certified Massage Therapist
Certified Pilates Rehabilitation Instructor
Hendrickson Method of Orthopedic Massage– mobilization and neuromuscular re-education
Passing the Torch Pilates Mentorship with Wendy LeBlanc Arbuckle
Craniosacral Therapy Trainings: Upledger, Hugh Milne, Biodynamic work with Giorgia Milne, The Brain with Benjamin Shield, Craniosacral Anatomy with Giorgia Milne
Current studies: Interfaith Spiritual Direction, Mindful Schools Training