We had the good fortune of connecting with Anna Lumbreras and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anna, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I am a born and raised Midwest girl. We lived in a few different cities growing up, but I call my hometown Gypsum, Kansas. It’s a rural town near the middle of the state, with a population less than 400. We lived in a traditional farmhouse, complete with a big red barn and acres of open land in every single direction.
My upbringing was simple and family-centric. When we weren’t shuffling between football games, theater performances and band camps, my siblings and I could be found racing DIY go-karts (these were rickety, let me tell you) around our neighboring fields or playing in the creek behind our house. Unlike my friends, we did not have a pool, high-speed internet or even bikes to ride as all our surrounding roads were gravel.
Looking back now, I fully embrace and appreciate those years. It was such a simpler time. Having open space taught me to be creative and resilient, often learning the hard way that I must rely on myself to stay strong and push forward. It also created a deeply rooted connection between myself and the outdoors — anytime I need a break or a bit of mental clarity, I head outside. Now with a family of my own, I dream of the day when I can provide my kids open space to just be.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
The Embody Movement is a female-focused community dedicated to discovering your personal strength. As a certified fitness instructor and integrative holistic nutrition coach, I teach women how to build lifelong habits of self-care through movement, clean cooking and mindfulness.
We currently offer weekly livestream workouts that are designed to build functional strength, boost cardiovascular health and give you an effective, feel-good sweat. Moving forward in 2022, we have secured dates to relaunch our Outdoor Movement series, local fundraising partnerships, private cooking classes, in addition to with meal planning kits and a few local market pop-up shops.
The Embody Movement started out of necessity to heal my own body and mind after having kids, and it required facing years of past doubt, trauma and insecurity to get where we are today. Each woman that joins us has her own personal journey that she is on, and it is a magical display of trust when they step forward to be heard. I am wildly passionate about women learning to prioritize themselves, in a way that is affordable and obtainable on a day-to-day basis. We cannot fill up the cups of others — spouse or partner, kids, our work, family and friends — until our own cup is overflowing.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
First, I’d start with a peek at Tidbits Houston — they have the best insights to local shopping, food hotspots and fitness classes.
If they were not joining one of my own live workouts, I’d take them to Citizen Pilates or Barry’s Bootcamp for a sizzle sweat.
For fancy eats, we would definitely make our way to Bludorn, B&B Butchers, and Coltivare. The best cocktails can be found at Julep, Eight Row Flint and Better Luck Tomorrow.
Kids or no kids, Levy Park is an amazing outdoor space to indulge and relax (and people watch). The Miller Outdoor Theater is another incredible venue to pack an evening picnic and enjoy a show outside. The Houston Ballet is always an option to get dressed up and spend an evening downtown.
Shopping is a must — my favorite local shops are Emerson Rose, Kuhl-Linscomb and More Than You Can Imagine.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
So much credit is due! My husband is my greatest motivator, along with close girlfriends who hold space for my vulnerabilities, fear and wild ideas. My parents are always first in line to provide love and encouragement. My colleagues at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition keep me accountable for personal growth.
For books, I highly recommend the following:
“Believe It” by Jamie Kern Lima
“Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert
“Untamed” by Glennon Doyle
“You Are a Badass” by Jen Sincero
This is a stretch for mentorship as I do not personally do not know these women, but the following podcasts are weekly must-listen’s for incredible resources on mindfulness, nutrition and self-care:
“Healthier Together” by Liz Moody “
“Untangle” by Muse Meditation Studio