Anna Landauer is hands-down the Namaste guru on outdoor adventures. We all turn to Anna when we are looking for a little outdoor inspiration, good recommendations or a buddy to hit the trails with. Below, Anna shares a few of her favorite photos and tells us a little bit about what inspires her, where she’s been and what she has in store next.
Anna will be leading two group hikes this summer. They will include a refreshing all levels vinyasa practice, a peaceful walk through the trees, and an opportunity to sit quietly and reflect on your experiences.
Saturday May 17 and Sunday June 22
Namaste: When did your adventurous spirit of exploration begin?
Anna: I distinctly remember falling in love with the outdoors on my 7th grade camping trip to Yosemite Valley. I grew up locally and at the time was in Ms. Davis’ class at Albany Middle School. I was also fortunate to grow up with a mom who was an Environmental Studies major at UC Berkeley. I remember playing in the creeks at Tilden Park and especially being fascinated by the water bugs scooting across the surface.
Namaste: Do you have a favorite place to hike, somewhere that feels like ‘your’ spot?
Anna: The first place that comes to mind is Lyell Canyon in Yosemite National Park, and it expands from there into the high country of the Sierras, Tuolumne Meadows and south to Mt. Whitney, the high mountain passes. I feel most at home, alive and vibrant above 10,000 ft. in the Sierras. I love the wide open spaces, the endless sea of granite and powerful contrast of water flowing over smooth glacial polished stone.
Namaste: What is the most inspiring place you’ve ever visited?
Anna: Would it be boring to say Yosemite? Now you can tell pretty clearly where my favorite place on earth is. I am also in awe of and inspired by the Grand Canyon. Rafting down the Colorado for three weeks through the Grand Canyon tops my list of amazing adventures. I love the feeling of utter insignificance I experience being a small human creature in such a vast space.
Namaste: What’s left on your bucket list?
Anna: Hike the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. Climb El Capitan. Run an ultra, maybe the Leadville 100 or Western States. Hike in the Alps. Trek in Nepal and Tibet. Take my niece backpacking…
Namaste: How do your big adventures impact your everyday life?
Anna: Every part of my life is a big adventure. My time in the wilderness feeds my spirit, keeps me nourished and vibrant. It is my time to recharge and connect with myself, with nature, with that which is grander and bigger than all things. Creation. Universe. Love. It reminds me that I am a living breathing, experiencing, being residing on this beautiful planet. This feeling of passion and enthusiasm for life is what I hope to carry back to my everyday life, my work and my community.