Who is Anne Stevens? Our New Guru, That’s Who.

We’re going to mix it up a little this month. Typically, we like to focus on one of our Paramount members, but this time around, we want to bring in some outside expertise. That’s why we’re introducing you all to someone who’s not only a friend of the gym but also a lover of good health and a provider of good vibes--Anne Stevens

Anne is our go-to source on holistic healing, and we’re going to look to her from now on to show us the benefits of things we might otherwise overlook such as breathing, acupuncture, yoga, and even Eastern medicine.  

First, let’s get to know her a bit better, shall we? 

Where did you grow up? 
The great poet Nelly once said, “I’m from the Lou and I’m proud.” But, he might’ve been wrong. I was born in St. Louis, but if someone on the street asks me where I’m from, I’m saying Chicago.  

What do you do for a living? Tell me about your typical day.
Right now, I’m in graduate school pursuing a doctorate in acupuncture and Chinese medicine, so my days are mostly filled with classes. Then, I usually make a point to get to a yoga class, come home, and cook a wholesome dinner. I’ll also watch something easy and funny like How I Met Your Mother. For work, I babysit when I can to make some money while I’m in school (so, if anyone reading this has kids and ever needs a very qualified, CPR-certified adult to watch their children, pick me!). 

What are some of your favorite things to do?
I love to listen to podcasts, peruse stores like Whole Foods (especially when their sample game is strong), cook plant-based meals, check out new cocktail bars in the neighborhood, and watch mostly okay movies with my boyfriend. I also love to talk about my beloved cat, Bob, any chance I can get! 

What’s something that people should know about you? 
If you’re unfamiliar with what acupuncture and Chinese medicine school entails, think less “hokey pokey” (pun intended) sorcery, and more integrated learning of both Western and Eastern sciences. The schooling also requires four years of full-time study and over 1,000 hours of hands-on clinical practice, so you can rest assured you won’t have to experience this.   

Deserted Island Q&A. If you were stuck on an island alone, what 1-5 things would you bring of the following:
Movies and/or TV shows?

  • Movies: Interstellar, Wayne’s World,  10 Things I Hate About You, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, About Time
  • TV shows: Lost (because I’ve never seen it, and it’s really long. I might learn a thing or two about living on a deserted island), Stranger Things, Breaking Bad, Gilmore Girls, Chef’s Table

Books? 

  • All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, all of the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling, The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, Seth Speaks by Jane Roberts 

Food?

  • Sushi, sautéed kale with hemp seeds, tacos, BBQ salmon, Whole Foods’ guacamole

Music? 

  • Moon Safari by Air, Kid A by Radiohead, Back to Black by Amy Winehouse, Cosmogramma by Flying Lotus, Greatest Hits by Notorious B.I.G.