A self-proclaimed “wanderer”, Giva Ann came to yoga in 2014 out of sheer curiosity and was immediately drawn in by the calming, cleansing, and rejuvenating effects of the practice. A confessed perfectionist, she leaves her expectations off the mat and instead embraces her practice as is — a philosophy she encourages her students to take as well. A graduate of the 2018 250-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Wake Up Yoga, Giva places great emphasis on body awareness and the connection between breath and movement. Her goal is for her students to leave class more empowered, relaxed, self-aware, and happy.
Where is your favorite place to go in Philadelphia?
I love Valley Green and the Wissahickon. It is truly a gem in the middle of the city. I go there to hike, exercise, and reconnect with nature.
What kind of music are you into?
I love anything soulful. So, you'll likely hear jazz, R&B, or soul playing in my car. But I'm also a rebel, so don't be surprised if I'm blasting a lil' Living Colour or Fishbone!
What causes do you support?
I am an advocate for women and girls and those in the most vulnerable positions in our society. Therefore, any organization that empowers or seeks to create a more equitable world for us, I totally support.