Hello Glocal Citizens! For the next two part interview, I visit with Nana Amoako-Anin, founder and owner of Bliss Yoga Accra and the Bliss Wellness Center at her lovely home in Accra, Ghana. In Part 1, Nana tells us about her transition from New York City powerhouse attorney to Accra-based wellness ambassador and market-maker.
Nana Amoako-Anin, founder of Bliss Yoga Accra, is a yoga practitioner with over 20 years of experience on the mat. She found yoga, as a college student. Nana holds a B.A. from Columbia University in Art History and Visuals Arts (New York), and a J.D. from American University, the Washington College of Law (Washington D.C.). She certified to teach yoga at Laughing Lotus, in New York City.
Her career has taken diverse twists and turns. Starting out as a public school art teacher, she spent time teaching in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island and Manhattan. Observing the deficiencies in many of the schools, she went on to work for the Children’s Defense Fund, later attending law school where her life as an advocate and guide, took shape.
Starting her legal career, as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan, prosecuting cases and working with victims of trauma, she relied on her experiences with conflict and trauma resolution, family intervention protocols, and guidance counseling – also working closely with social services. With later experiences as an executive on Wall Street, Nana has worked on organizational change initiatives and professional development platforms in diverse environments, leading groups and individuals.
Featured in Oprah Magazine’s “Where Are You Going: Finding Balance” issue she has guided (pre-natal & post-natal clients), and assisted many good people from diverse backgrounds and life experiences with international transitions, to Ghana and beyond. As the first to conceptualize and host a “life lab” goal setting event in Accra, when Bliss first opened 7 years ago, she consistently offers herself to corporations and individuals who are seeking – change and clarity.
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