Annie (Johanna) Mahon
I am a published author, ordained Buddhist mindfulness teacher and founder of the Circle Yoga Cooperative, DC Yoga Week, Opening Heart Mindfulness Community, and the Pink House Foundation. I have always enjoyed writing about my life -- starting with passing long notes to friends in junior high, writing for the Michigansian Yearbook and editing the University of Michigan's Greek Newspaper The Forum, creating technical papers for IBM and Oracle, and, since 2003, blogging about how the challenging practice of mindfulness can transform the lives that we often feel are mundane or painful.
My first book was a collection of my yoga and mindfulness essays -- Words to Be With: Thoughts from Annie, and my latest book, published by Parallax Press in September, 2015, was Things I Did When I Was Hangry: Navigating a Peaceful Relationship with Food. It chronicles my growth from angry bulimic to today, through the lens of mindfulness, yoga, and self-awareness practices.
I am certified in yoga, focusing, massage therapy, and health coaching and have studied other transformation modalities including Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and Emotional Freedom Technique (aka Tapping.) I have both a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science, which I earned in the 1980's (so not very relevant today,) and more recently a Masters in Religious Studies from Howard University. I love to visit my adult children in the countries and states in which they live, teach mindfulness, drink Jasmine tea with my partner of 30+ years, walk on the Appalachian Trail with my twin terriers, and, when inspired, write about those sweet and rare moments of ease and how to find them.