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Anne Clendening

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in Los Angeles, CA, The United States



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Anne Clendening is a yoga teacher, creative nonfiction writer, and columnist for Elephant Journal. She spent more than two decades working in the fashion business designing, styling music videos, producing fashion shows, and bartending in Hollywood nightclubs. She currently lives in L.A. with her Australian husband and their boxer dog Sabina, where she’s probably listening to Abbey Road right now with flowers in her hair.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Living inside Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. I could have my own chocolate river and lickable wallpaper. (Which I've read you can order, but for some reason my husband said no).

What is your greatest fear?

Flying. Also being trapped or suffocated. Or drowning. Coming hom/>What/>What

The New Jan Brady

Sometimes when I start a new project I get the “I’m the new Jan Brady” thing stuck in my head. I’m not sure why. It never has anything to do with why Jan Brady said she was the new Jan Brady. Jan Brady was a middle sister who wanted her own identity other than just being a middle sister so she put a black wig on and demanded everyone acknowledge how different she was until her crazy aunt Imogen...

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Bent: How Yoga Saved My Ass

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“I’ve always felt safer at night. You can be much more forgiving of yourself, not to mention the world and everyone in it, when your shortcomings aren’t threatened by the brazen light of day. And by shortcomings, I mean damage. The scars are still there, but at least they're easier to hide. I never understood why they shine a fluorescent spotlight in the faces of alleged culprits in old movies to get them to tell the truth. Put me to bed and turn off the lights. I’ll tell you everything. I’ll be who you want me to be, I’ll be honest. I’ll be who I want to be, I’ll be braver. Just don’t ignore me. I really do want to be stronger, sweeter, less afraid all the time. Maybe it’s a within-the-womb thing, but it’s safer in the dark. What they should really warn you about is the light.”
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“Rise up and lift your sword, peaceful warrior. Keep it strong and steady. You've already lived and fought a thousand battles, and you're not here—again—to cower in fear and pain.”
Anne Clendening, Bent: How Yoga Saved My Ass

“It's amazing how fearless you can be when you want something bad enough, the lengths to which you'll go, the grit you'll put into the scheming and maneuvering. That's determination for you. I would have made a good bounty hunter.”
Anne Clendening, Bent: How Yoga Saved My Ass

“I want to belong. Belonging makes things okay, and I want to be okay. I just want to be okay.”
Anne Clendening, Bent: How Yoga Saved My Ass

“I'd much rather spend all day on the Santa Monica pier playing Asteroids than delve into the murk and analyze myself. And if you think I haven't gone down to the pier to do that recently, well, you'd be wrong. Sometimes you just have to be twelve again.”
Anne Clendening, Bent: How Yoga Saved My Ass

“One of the hardest things you'll ever do is give yourself permission to be in pain of any kind. There's a reason we have survival instincts, so that we don't die. That goes for humans, animals (redundant, I know), all the fishes in the sea, everyone. Some researchers even say that even plants feel pain and a cucumber will scream when you cut it. (And some others say that's crap because they have no brain or central nervous system.) The point is, we're all wusses. And emotional pain is the worst.”
Anne Clendening, Bent: How Yoga Saved My Ass

“No More Games. No More Bombs. No More Walking. No More Fun. No More Swimming. 67. That is 17 years past 50. 17 more than I needed or wanted. Boring. I am always bitchy. No Fun — for anybody. 67. You are getting Greedy. Act your old age. Relax — This won't hurt”
Hunter S. Thompson

“Nothing was ever in tune. People just blindly grabbed at whatever there was: communism, health foods, zen, surfing, ballet, hypnotism, group encounters, orgies, biking, herbs, Catholicism, weight-lifting, travel, withdrawal, vegetarianism, India, painting, writing, sculpting, composing, conducting, backpacking, yoga, copulating, gambling, drinking, hanging around, frozen yogurt, Beethoven, Back, Buddha, Christ, TM, H, carrot juice, suicide, handmade suits, jet travel, New York City, and then it all evaporated and fell apart. People had to find things to do while waiting to die. I guess it was nice to have a choice.”
Charles Bukowski, Women

“If you're going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don't even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery--isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you'll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you're going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It's the only good fight there is.”
Charles Bukowski, Factotum

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