Stages of being me:

Little bitty me 🙂 (1983)





Festive me!  (Belize, 2007- Solo Traveler Born)





 Triathlete me! (2008) (phoenix #1)




Kicking Cancer’s Ass Me! (2013)






Mom me!  (Sep 13th, 16 – April 13th, 17)*




(phoenix #2) ( Jan 2017)







Pheonix moments come after an enormous loss. The pain of loss is a universal experience.

I hope within my mirage of words you might find inspiration, advice or just take to realize how enormously beautiful life is 🙂 

I apologize in advance for any grammatical errors in my posts. Chemo brain 🙂




  • Ph.D. in Modern Peninsular Literature with a Certificate in Women’s Studies, May 2009, University of Houston Dissertation: “Manuel Rivas: A Revolution in Contemporary Galician Literature & Beyond” Director: Dr. María Elena Soliño- Study of narrative and film from the feminist perspective in the context of XX and XXI century Spain.
  • M.A. in Peninsular Literature, December 2005, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO. Master’s Thesis: “La novela cortesana y su influencia en los episodios interpolados del Quijote” Director: Dr. Ana Montero
  • B.A. in Hispanic Studies with a Minor in Sociology, May 2003, University of Texas at Austin


  • Books:- Medina, (2014) A. Collapse and Catastrophe: Spain’s Cultural Panorama in the XXI Century. Ana-Maria Medina, Ibon Izurieta, Jen Brady (Ed.) Cambridge Scholars.
  • Refereed Book Chapters- Medina, A. (2012). “Detection as a means of resistance in El embrujo del Shanghai”. Detecting Detection. In Deborah Shaller and Peter Baker (Ed.), (pp. 43-58). New York: Continuum.- Medina, A. (2011). “Las voces del exilio: Su remembranza mediante la construcción literaria híbrida”. Hybridity in Spanish Culture. In Maria Tajes (Ed.), (pp. 61-76). Cambridge Scholars.
  • Invited Book Chapters- Medina, A. (2012). “Redefining Art: Manuel Rivas’ Woman in the Bath.” World Cinema and Visual Arts In David Gallagher (Ed.), (pp. 139-152). London: Anthem Press.

I am currently available for freelancing through intellegō Consulting Services or direct contact. Lear more about me via LinkedIn.

Recent reviews:





Yoga Teacher 200hr Certification, Samadhi Center for Yoga, Denver, CO – JUNE 2013


  • * Tias Little, Pranja Yoga, April 26th -April 28th, 2013, Denver,
  • * Laura Kupperman – Survivor Training Workshop May 11th, 2013, Boulder, CO
  • * Lisa Aslor & Ashely Curran – Adaptive Yoga Workshop, June 9th 2013, Denver, CO



  • Summer Series in Cadiz, Spain. July 2013
  • Private Classes in Seville, Vietnam & Morocco August 2013.
  • Private Classes in Austin, August 2014- Present



In order to understand how my path has brought me yoga, I would like you to know about my past.  In 2011 I was faced with her first fight against cervical/uterine cancer, in 2012 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After going through a bilateral mastectomy, chemotherapy, and reconstruction I realized something needed to change in my life. I left a tenure-track position at Metropolitan State University of Denver to embark on a yogic journey to find true inward happiness. In April 2013 I did a three-day workshop with Tias Little, and immediately felt the benefits of yoga allowing me to once again feel under the arm where her lymph glands had been extracted. In May 2013 I completed a survivor workshop with Laura Kupperman. In June 2013 I completed her 200-hour teacher training at Samadhi Center for Yoga, under the mentorship of renowned teachers such as Beth Sanchez, Anne Hart, Jeremy Wolf, Cheryl Deer & Sarah Messer.



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