20 Questions with Anton Mackey

Anton is one of those people that you meet and you feel like you have known him your entire life. He radiates an energy that vibrates among the spectrum of masculine but with such an ease of the feminine interwoven as well. You can’t help but fall for this guy and his balanced practice. He is going to be a new dad soon, and we will have an entirely new collection of videos by Anton coming with our new launch in June! We here at Gather are SO honored to have him as a part of The Local Collective. Be sure to check him out- there is a reason he has such a devout following! Thank you for your continued support, Anton! 

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GY:  What is your go-to yoga pose when you’ve only got a few minutes to practice? Why do you think it’s so appealing?

AM: Triangle and Goddess. Triangle feels wonderful and Goddess brings so much up for me when I force myself to stay in it. 

GY: Early morning routine? What’s yours? Coffee? Tea?

AM: Wake up and do a gratitude meditation, then read from the meditation book The 72  Names of God, then practice at 6am or go walk my dogs. 

GY:  What is one song you never get tired of hearing?

AM: Promised Land by Trevor Hall

GY: Do you have a favorite quote, affirmation, or saying that gets you through the tough times? What is it?

AM: This too shall pass

GY: How would you describe your yoga teaching style?

AM: Passionate. Motivational. Dynamic.

GY: How old were you when you fell in love with the practice of yoga? What was so appealing about it to you?

AM: 28 I felt at home in my body and my soul. 

GY: What made you want to become a yoga teacher?

AM: I was inspired by how I felt after taking classes from Alex Austin, John Salisbury and many other great teachers in Arizona.

GY:  Describe yourself at 21.

AM: Yikes! Insecure, trying to compensate with over-confidence. Hungry for spiritual connection. 

GY: What would you say has been one of the best parts of growing up, getting older?

AM: Learning about my not so bright side. Working through my stuff so I can grow as a human being and become more connected to my soul. 

GY: Snack wise, what is your greatest weakness, what can you simply not pass up?

AM: Chips and salsa. 

GY: What are a couple of traits of your own that you hope your kids (or future kids) may inherit. Maybe a couple you hope they don’t?

AM: Passion and confidence and being able to express emotions. I hope by the time I have kids I won’t demonstrate jealousy and guilt. 

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GY: Describe your first love, in six words or less.

AM: Desire Sanchez. Head over heels. 

GY:  A Sunday all to yourself, how do you spend it?

AM: Hike Camelback mountain, take a yoga class, read a book, take a nap.

GY: What about a night out on the town? Who would you spend it with? What would you do?

AM: “I just wanna dance!” I would spend it with whoever else wants to dance.

GY: Who have you been friends with the longest and how did you meet?

AM: Brad Isenberg. We met in high school 1993 and stay in contact to this day. 

GY: What yoga teacher has most influenced your practice and teaching?

AM: Rod Stryker 

GY: Can you name three traits you cherish most in this teacher?

AM: Grounded. Masculine. Disciplined. 

GY: What do you love most about your home space?

AM: My meditation altar.

GY: What was the last thing you binge watched on Netflix?

AM: Sense 8

GY:  What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

AM: Teachings about karma from Gesha Michael Roach. Thoughts, words, and actions plant seeds, those seeds become your future reality. Learn to be non-reactive.