Annette Alyssa grew up in California and earned her Bachelor's degree in Earth Science at UC Berkeley before moving to Spain to teach English as a second language. After about 5 years, she came back to the US and started a career in Land Surveying. She moved to Sherwood in 2002 and worked as the Newberg City Surveyor until the end of 2011 when she started her 3rd career as an entrepreneur. In April of 2012, Escape to Yoga opened for business in Old Town Sherwood and the journey of becoming a yoga instructor and business owner has been the most rewarding adventure of her life so far. Annette is currently hoping to add to her family by adopting an adult rescue dog. She’s looking for a potty-trained teeny-tiny who wants to go hiking and adventuring with her whenever the sun comes out! Know anyone special?
Why did you select the business you are in?
Teaching Yoga is my Passion. Being my own boss is my Destiny.
What do you like most about what you do?
I love teaching yoga and the opportunity it gives me to change people's lives for the better. I love bringing yoga to people who have not yet discovered this gift! I also love being challenged to learn how to market and run a business. Between the worlds of yoga and small business, I never run out of new things to learn!
Why did you join WOW and what is the most rewarding or valuable aspect of being a WOW member?
I joined WOW to get to know other local women entrepreneurs and to stay connected in the local community. So far my favorite has been getting invited to the Wine, Art, and Fashion event at Blakeslee Vineyard!
Who could be an ideal potential client for you?
My ideal client is a person who wants more strength, flexibility, balance, and tranquility in their lives and is ready to add yoga to their regular weekly self-care routine.
What do you like to do for fun?
Besides doing yoga, I LOVE to go hiking or just be outside, travel to exotic places, taste fantastic Oregon Pinot Noir, make custom Essential Oil blends for home and personal care, and make fantastic meals for my hungry boyfriend.
What are five things you cannot live without?
I need 7: Good sleep, good food, yoga, hiking, travel, love, and Escape to Yoga!
Where is your favorite place to vacation?
I don't have a favorite because I like to go somewhere new every time! Currently on my list are Yellowstone, Hawaii, Victoria BC, Costa Rica, and Greece.
Escape to Yoga
Annette Alyssa, Yoga Teacher/Studio Director
Location: Old Town Sherwood- 22520 SW Washington St.