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Meet Anna Conversano of Symbiotic Wellness in Venice

Today we’d like to introduce you to Anna Conversano.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Anna. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Oh gosh, I know this sounds cliche, but, really everything in my life has been leading me up to this moment in my offerings. An eating disorder that began to manifest itself in maladaptive behaviors sometime in middle school and the recovery from that through integrative therapy and embodiment practices, my first career in fashion marketing that taught me how to market and “brand” myself authentically, my path with Yoga that began when I was 16, which eventually led me to India to study Yoga Therapy twice. Each and every single moment of shame and pain that was transmuted into Grace and understanding is how I’ve become who I am and who I am and what I do is deeply intertwined, as my work is my offering of the tools and wisdom I’ve gathered myself along my not-so-long but very eventful road to healing. My “what did you want to be when you grow up” answer when I was young, was “Author and Illustrator” and that is just what I’ve become — an author to the stories I believe help others heal and my ability to illustrate the many ways in which we can come home to ourselves, as Whole and Complete Beings.

Has it been a smooth road?
So not smooth. Is any road smooth? The greatest struggle I’ve had to address is showing my full self, unfiltered, unmonitored, unedited, as I have a very low BS tolerance for people who use the word “authentic” as a marketing ploy. I knew that if I wanted to grow what I’ve started in Los Angeles, I had to show up fully as myself and overcome any insecurities around being “sales-y” with my business. But man, what a gift, to stand fully in who I am and know my work is at the benefit of so, so many. When I can keep that in mind, fears around money, business growth, and “what if no one comes” become less important. I will say, the expansion has been huge thus far and I tend to be very hard on myself (recovering perfectionist) so when I can allow myself to see with clear eyes, what has happened and what I’ve done thus far has been astounding.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Symbiotic Wellness – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
I self-titled as a Wellbeing + Embodiment Coach, but underneath these words, I am also a writer, a teacher, a healer, a speaker– all of which are ways that I share the integrative embodiment practices of Therapeutic Yoga & Mindfulness Meditation in combination with intuitive guidance around habits, mindset, and behavior. My focus is with women who self-punish through negative habits around food, eating + body image.

I am really good at getting underneath the surface level “issue” and helping to heal the “root cause” through spiritual and emotional empowerment. The “root cause” is the underlying pain or limiting belief that have us caught on the surface trying to control and manipulate our lives, our bodies, or how and what we eat. I believe that spiritual nourishment is absolutely necessary for the healing of body shame and self-hating acts around food and eating. I also believe we are all capable of this level of healing, once we decide we are ready to fully step into our Power. My “job” is to assist in this process, to be a sounding board, to be a resource, to be a sense of safety and validation. We are not meant to go at it alone, and I learned all of this through my own journey.

I think something that is really special about what I do is how integrative it truly is. Whether you work with me in person or virtually, we are not just having conversation. But we are also just not doing Yoga. I don’t have set protocol for how I work with clients, but I truly let myself be guided in how I meet each person’s unique and individual needs with compassion and understanding. I have been told repeatedly that I make people feel safe, feel seen and am able to ignite their Power through tough Love as honesty. I am really proud of that because that is exactly how I see people changing and overcoming. People must first feel loved and safe, then they must be encouraged through honesty. I don’t sugar coat. I don’t instigate spiritual bypassing. I don’t think any feelings are negative, or any emotions are bad. I help you find permission for your whole self by teaching that.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love so much about Los Angeles. I was born and raised in a suburb of Atlanta, so I grew up in dense humidity and a forest of trees. Here, I feel like I can breathe! It is not just about the space and the breeze, it is about the energy. LA is magnetic and expansive and creative. I am constantly being asked to be my Best Self here because the city expects that. At least, from me. I least enjoy *shocker* the traffic… and also, what the traffic represents. Masses and masses of people. I am happy to live so close to the coast because otherwise, I think I’d feel trapped. I like spaciousness and I love that Los Angeles is spacious… and if you need to escape it, the nature surrounding is endless! That has been my saving grace of living here. Nature trips weekly!

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