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who am i? a little about anna lag


At the moment I am sitting outside a Portland cafe feeling the sun beat down my back and as I gaze at a lone beautifully tall pine tree I am feeling such a sense of awe and gratitude. These are emotions due to my lovely view and nice weather but mostly to my recent discover of World Pulse. I am slightly giddy and nervous at the idea that I can read, communicate and get informed about women through out the world!

So I figured that I would begin by sharing a bit about myself. I just moved to Portland from New York City, where I completed my BA in Theatre Directing as well as becoming a 500 RYT Yoga Teacher. In New York, I discovered a great sense of independence and drive mixed with aggression and lots of stress. I needed a change, a life where I felt closer to the rythmn of nature. Hence, calm and weird Portland, which has welcomed me with such kind smiles and fresh crisp air.

I have been lucky enough to discover three beautiful studios in my neighborhood where I teach such inspiring and dedicated yoga students. I also teach Dance and Physical Theatre at PHAME Arts Academy, a school for mentally handicapped young adults. These students are teaching me more and more every day about the powers of believing in oneself and one's body and how those two go hand in hand. I also dance in Mizu Diseirto's Butoh Dance Company as well as The Hot Little Hands, a very imaginative Modern Dance Company.

I find dancing and yoga one of the easiest ways to access the spiritual and my truest sense of self and so making it a key part of my life is essential. Staying connected to other strong and inspiring women is incredibly important to me as well. I look forward to learning more about all the women connected through Pulse Wire and listening to your stories.

Much Light & Love,



JaniceW's picture


Anna, I also just moved from New York City and am having so much fun exploring my new home. Your excitement over PulseWire sends chills down my spine as it is our vision to connect women around the world, across continents, and beyond cultural barriers to share ideas, exchange stories, seek support and be heard. Each day, I see women from different backgrounds bonding over a common interest, goal or dream. I have no doubt that soon you will also feel the power of the sisterhood that is the PulseWire community. I encourage you to share your hopes, dreams, ideas and concerns by writing in your journal, reading other journals and making comments, or joining some of our many groups.

Browsing through our group directory ( is a great way to build powerful networks, find members with similar interests to your own, share ideas or actions. With the group journal, you can brainstorm solutions, pose questions, test ideas and create a support network for your visions.

Seeing as you are new to Portland, I would also love to introduce you to our wonderful volunteer, Jocelyn, who shares your love for dance. She can be found at:

Again, welcome and I know you will find this to be a positive experience.
PulseWire Community Director

consolata's picture

I Love Dancing too.

Ann, you are most welcome on Pulse wire, a Network i believe is so strong to move mountains. It is here women of all walks of life are able to share their different ideas, success and challenges. All this makes us strong to move on and touch someones heart. I am so excited that you also love dancing. Love it too! when i am stressed or tired i make sure i dance myself for hours. This leaves me feeling great and renewed. Hope one day you visit us and take you to areas you will dance to very good music. I appreciate that you joined SOLE SISTAS and we will ensure we change the lives of the less fortunate girls for the better. Together we can.

thanks for that- I hear ya, dancing can make any day better-- I'd love to hear awesome music and dance with you if our paths might ever get the good fortune of crossing-- until then, lets keep moving through pulse wire- a

anna lag

Rachel C's picture

Hi Anna!


I was delighted to hear from you - thanks for taking the time to connect!

I must tell you that your wonderful journal entry resonated deeply. I came across WorldPulse a few days ago via a Nicholas Kristoff blog entry, and I too feel giddy over the discovery! There is something about this site that stands out from the others... Maybe it's the effectiveness of the overall design, or the warmth imbued throughout, but I sense this is a forum that could spark some amazing projects over time. I also feel compelled to visit every day and stay connected in a way that I haven't with other social networking sites.

By way of other connections.... I live in New York (Greenpoint, Brooklyn) and although I adore the city and have grown as a human being in colorful ways - for the same reasons you mention - I am finding the stress makes it unsuitable for the long haul. My partner feels the same way, so leaving the city in the next few years is definitely on our minds - AND Portland is certainly one of the places we feel we could enjoy (although the weather is a concern!) Kevin is a pretty dedicated cyclist, so right away that puts Portland on the map.

And not only that, but he's a percussionist for modern dancers! He plays for Ailey, Graham, American Ballet Theatre, and a few others places around the city and has been able to carve out a living as a musician that way. When we think about where else we might live, we have to take into account the dancing community. It's wonderful to hear there is one in Portland, and I invite you to share more information if you'd like.

Please stay in touch via WorldPulse and send musings on what it's like to live in your new, wondrous, and 'weird' town. Tempt me!

I'll certainly send you the link to my site when it's up. And by the way, all the power to you when it comes to Yoga. I'm trying to establish a more regular practice, but I credit it with giving me a most profound kind of guidance, like nothing else has offered me before. What a gift.

All my best,

Rachel Clift
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