Alchemist Yogi, Actress & Master of Sound TherapyFounder Pawan Studio of Yoga & Sound Healing
Who is Ana?
Well, in short, Ana is a consequence of the Big Bang. Like all of us, of course. Besides that, she is a Yoga Teacher, Sound Healer Gong Master with over 4000 hours of study and practice, and numerous certifications.
Ana teaches Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, Hatha Yoga, Khalsa Way Prenatal Yoga, Sound Healing, Mindfulness and various techniques of Breath Work and Meditation.
After a successful international career that included acting and dance, Ana found her way to yoga and rediscovered herself.
This journey might seem unusual. But, in fact, it is not.
In a way, dance is already a form of yoga since it allows you to get in touch with and express your body. And the same is true about acting, though from a different perspective. Acting is for your own self what dancing is for your body. It allows you to observe yourself from within, to learn more about yourself from the characters you play and to distance yourself from your ego. This journey has shaped her unique style of teaching – that of an Alchemist Yogi.
A crucial period in her personal journey started with her move to New York City, a 5 years life-changing experience that guided her on the yogic path. Upon discovering Kundalini Yoga, she found this particular practice to be the one that healed her from specific physical problems and emotional wounds, evidence that pushed her curiosity towards practicing and diving deeper into mastering the techniques.
Studying and practicing Kundalini Yoga led her from New York to Hawaii, Lisbon, London and Rome, teaching and working with people from all over the world.
World-leading teachers, Ana has studied with and been inspired by: Guru Dharam, Mahankirn Kaur Khalsa, Dr Joe Dispenza, Dr Jeffrey Thompson, Deborah Coehn, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Amanbir Joe Singh, Don Conreaux, Angelo & Katia Surinder, Guru Dev and Gurumarka Khalsa.
In 2017, guided by her teachers and her own inner compass, Ana followed her mission and dedication to this practice and returned to her native Romania, opening Pawan Studio of Yoga & Sound Healing in the heart of Bucharest. Sharing this ancient wisdom is a testament to her strong belief in the power of these techniques and an expression of gratitude for her own transformation.
Sat Nam Rasayan, Sound Healing and Kundalini Therapy Medicine are her most beloved techniques that she applies and works with her students in both classes and conferences. She uniquely blends her talent with the teachings she received and the thousands of hours of study, to find the best way to guide people towards identifying their own inner resources to evolve, recover and find balance inside out, enabling them to enjoy life in any circumstances.
She believes the greatest gift you can give someone is the gift of a skill and teaching people how to build caliber, tap into awareness, empathy and compassion is her mission.
Funky and full of energy, Ana is now splitting time between Amsterdam and Bucharest where she acts, dances, rocks the gong, teaches and travels for both yoga and acting, organising conferences, public speaking sessions and acting coaching.
"My joy, gratitude and love for my teachers who taught me everything I know, inspired me to gracefully seek and embrace my higher self, stay on the path of awareness and be a guide to those in need."
The promise of this practice is that you will become more conscious about who you really are, and you will be able to reunite with your source. Kundalini Yoga unites all the yogic techniques, physical exercises, breathing techniques, mantras and meditation in each practice in order to bring you a sense of trueness and ecstasy enabling you to merge or “yoke” the universal Self.
Kundalini is an ancient practice dating back to the fifth century BC, described in the Upanishads, but the oral tradition of its sacred science goes even further with thousands of years back when the practice was to pass it along verbally from master to chosen disciple.
The Kundalini practice clears the inner duality, creates the power to deeply listen, cultivates the inner stillness and helps the practitioner to prosper bringing excellence in our daily life.
The Gong and its vibration are a very important part of the kundalini classes, completes the practice and soothes the nervous system.
Yogi Bhajan’s teachings do not rely on one technique alone, but on many, and is the combination of kriyas (sequence of exercises) and naad (sound current) that drives you on a personal experience toward a deeper awareness.
Each kriya if followed as taught will provide a certain steady progress leveraging the basic functions of the body and mind creating sustainable personal healing and growth.
Yogi Bhajan developed this system after coming to United States in 1969.
Kundalini Yoga is a safe and powerful system to live a greater life of joy and clarity amidst all the pressures of life.
Kundalini Yoga is an ancient tradition that is very applicable to the modern world.
The focus of Kundalini Yoga is to raise the potential for full awareness in every individual’s life.
Kundalini Yoga is a practice which increases physical health and strength, emotional balance, heightens sensory awareness, enhances intuition and creativity.
It leads you to greater peace and fulfilment in your daily activities and offers you a deeper sense of your own spirituality.
Its main purpose is the control of the energy through awareness by combining postures, pranayama (breathing techniques) mantras (word or sound), mudras (body energy looks) music and meditation in order to break patterns, cleanse the subconscious mind, rejuvenate the nervous system, obtain deep relaxation, self-healing and elevation.
Balancing body and mind enables you to experience the clarity and beauty of your soul.
No previous experience in yoga is required for you to experience it and achieve results with your very first class.
Kundalini Yoga focuses on the glandular system, optical nerve, sciatic nerve, on the spine and the central nervous system.
The vibration and transformational sound of our symphonic gong is often played during our classes to deepen relaxation and meditation and to restore the nervous system.
Every class begins with the Adi Mantra: Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo. This mantra opens the potential to relate to state of flowing creativity and higher consciousness.
Each class involves the use of physical asana, breath work, mantra, mudra, and deep meditation.
Although the sequence of exercises in each class are different - all the exercises work to align practitioners into a state of harmony.
All classes end with chanting the mantra Sat Nam which is to reaffirm your authentic self.
Until I met Ana Popescu, over the years, I have worked with 2-3 skilled therapists. In this way I was able to compare and evaluate my results and their methods. Ana does not only work with intuition, with inspiration, in advance she confirms them through readings, studies, workshops and a lot of work. She is the most complete and dedicated therapist I have ever worked with. In addition to complex techniques and new theories, methods appropriate to the times, I received from her the sincere joy of sharing, a fair optimism, much and sincere generosity, good energy and a lot of humor.
I worked with her both individually and in groups. She has a rare talent as a teacher, she keeps a good balance between what she asks and what she offers to the participants. The environment in which she works gives a lot of comfort and safety. The development is received and efficient long-term.
One day, I hope Ana sends me a manuscript, that our publishing house can publish her messages to a large audience. It would be a great joy for me.
Ana is a very special person in my life. She is a great and kind human being, an inspired yoga teacher and a very talented artist. I love her Kundalini yoga classes because every session is different, every class has a different topic, it is so insightful, so provocative and deep. Her private classes are also very special. Her intuitive personality guided me and helped me to become a better version of myself and I have improved and have a better connection with my body.
For one’s evolution it is crucial that you are around those kind of people who see potential. And then they maximize it. Ana is exactly that. She is a phenomenal blend of artist and trainer and yoga teacher. Results of the work we have done together are amazing. I am only hoping she keeps me on her clients list for as long as I live!
I've met Ana at a very low point of my life. I was not sleeping, not breathing, not eating, not drinking water, it was like I was waiting to die. I've known her for many years but I'm speaking about our first Real meeting: she is the one who knew how to talk to my mind and my soul so that bits by bits I started to quit living on medication and started approaching my life with self-aware & lack of fear of the future. Many people are afraid of failure, I was afraid of success. I lost myself up to the point I didn't see any light at the end of the tunnel. She is the one I owe the balance, focus & mental health I have right now. I was in hell and she got me out. She is much more than a yoga teacher, personal coach or healer. She truly is one of those rare beings that if you are lucky to meet they will change your life. Forever & For Good.
With unspeakable gratitude.