Not many people can sum up their life philosophy in just one word, but for Anna Getty
, it’s all about balance
. It’s a remarkably simple word that drives a powerful concept: finding balance in work, art, leisure, and parenting. And, on a more fundamental level, finding it in the way you eat, drink, and live.
Anna Getty has played many roles over the course of her remarkable life: Actress. Fashion maven. Chef. Kundalini yoga teacher. Writer. Mother. Environmental Activist. And now green living and holistic lifestyle expert. But through it all she has maintained a keen sense of self, a grounded perspective and a passion for healthy living, spiritual fulfillment and respect for the environment. She calls this conscious mentality PureStyle Living.
PureStyle Living is the idea that a fabulous Prada bag (as long as it's vintage or second hand) and a bunch of organic kale needn’t be mutually exclusive, that to live healthy does not require you to rule out the odd French fry (as long as it is organic,) the belief that pure style is not an oxymoron. It’s bracingly modern attitude that Anna has adopted wholeheartedly – and wants to share with the world.
The great granddaughter of J. Paul Getty I, daughter of bohemian parents J. Paul Getty III and photographer Gisela Getty, and sister of actor Balthazar Getty, Anna was educated at the Sorbonne, became fluent in French and German, then returned to the U.S. to pursue her acting career. The Hollywood lifestyle, while offering its share of glamour, left her ultimately unfulfilled. “I didn’t feel I was being of service,” she reflects. “It was all about me.”
Anna decided to pursue an interest in cooking. She became an assistant to revered organic chef Akasha Richmond, whose catering company, Akasha’s Visionary Cuisine, has served a discriminating A-list celebrity clientele for fifteen years. Anna’s work with Akasha gave her a deep understanding of the complexity, sophistication and healing powers of organic cuisine. And brought her to the world of yoga.
Akasha introduced Anna to legendary yoga teacher Gurmukh Khalsa (who has taught Cindy Crawford, Madonna and others). It was then that Anna made a decision to not just live a healthy and balanced lifestyle, but to teach it to others. She became a certified Kundalini Yoga and Prenatal Yoga teacher and specializes in womens’ yoga. She is on staff at Golden Bridge
where teaches a variety of classes and workshops.
After her marriage to screenwriter Gregory Pruss, Anna started an innovative Conscious Preconception
plan for pregnancy. Perhaps it was fate, but three weeks after receiving her prenatal yoga certification, Anna became pregnant. She was amazed at the positive effect – both physically and mentally – that a regular yoga regimen had on her pregnancy. And, again, she wanted to share it.
Anna was pleased to unveil her debut DVD collection: Anna Getty’s Pre and Postnatal Yoga Workout, which launched nationwide in April of 2008. The DVD box set includes 2-discs, the first aimed at expectant mothers, with the goal of a graceful, peaceful birth for the child, while simultaneously providing peace, stretching and respite for the mother. The postnatal DVD, with the admirable goal of helping new moms meet their physical (and emotional) post-baby challenges. Equally ideal for beginners or seasoned practitioners, both DVD's approach are smart, insightful and utterly invigorating.
Aiming to empower women with information, Anna founded along with her business partner Alisa Donner, Pregnancy Awareness Month or PAM in of May 2008. @009 marks the second year of PAM. Through this month long campaign Anna provides "how to" ideas and inspiration to show women how easy it can be to make healthy changes in their lives. May 1, 2008 was a celebrity celebrity packed kick-off event at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, with Anna as one of the hosts which also included former prenatal student and organic make-up maven Josie Maran. This year the event will be held on May 2nd in Santa Monica , CA including celebrity hosts, Ricki Lake, Kelly Rutherford among others. Check events page for more information.
Anna adds author to her resume and has embarked on a 2-book deal with Chronicle Books. The 1st is a green entertainment book for the holidays called I am Dreaming of a Green Christmas due out in November of 2009. The 2nd is a cookbook titled, Anna Getty's Easy Green Organic due out in the Spring of 2010. Last year she designed jewelry for Energy Muse, titled "Divine Creation." Anna plans to take PureStyle Living even farther: looking to create the ultimate in her green, organic and holistic lifestyle brand through multi-media outlets.
"My mission is to be a trusted voice in all things good for you and for the planet," Anna explains. "The goal is bettering your health, bettering the health of your family, bettering the quality of the environment, doing it all at the same time, and doing it in a way that's fun, accessible, easy and adventurous."Anna’s search for joy in everyday life is apparent in the charitable causes she champions. Anna sits on the board of Healthy Child Healthy World and the Environmental Media Awards and also works closely with The Organic Center.
A prolific writer, she has written articles on a range of topics from baby care, global warming, her life as a recovering fashionista, and, above all, the importance of a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Anna was a regular columnist inYogiTimes Magazine for two years and was the eco-editor for the former Healing Lifestyles & Spas Magazine for one year. She currently the eco-editor for Pregnancy magazine. She blogs for various websites including Avalon Organics, Hotmomsclub.com, Healthy Child Healthy World, Ecoperks, among others. She is also a contributer to the Hot Mom’s Handbook.
This fresh voice, with all its conviction, passion and expertise is poised to be the next lifestyle brand to positively impact peoples lives. How? In Anna’s words, “By promoting a life in balance. In balance with the planet, with yourself, with your environment.”