Its that time of year again! Now in its 55yr and as popular as ever Rose of Tralee International Festival always reminds us of the end of the summer when hits our screens. Corks current Senior Camogie Captain Anna Geary (and let us not forget Bikram yoga enthusiast) has the honor to be chosen as the 2014 Cork Rose. The 26 years old marketing professional from Milford Co Cork has many string to her bow a passion for sport, love of fashion, food, dancing as well as enjoying the challenge of Bikram Yoga. Anna reveals how Bikram Yoga has helped her on the lead up to the Rose of Tralee. “The very first question I was asked when I sat down with the judges for the Cork Rose in the individual interview was, “Now, tell us about this Bikram yoga! Usually they ease you into it with a question about your family or work but mine was about BYC!” Anna has been coming to class since June 2013 and last Summer took part in the RTE documentary ‘Skin in the Game’ which offered a unique insight into 4 inter-county stars lives their sacrifices and how playing for their county impacts on their everyday lives after which the blonde beauty received national attention. “Bikram is going to be in my bio in Tralee as well. I am just such a huge enthusiast. Ideally I want to be doing it at least twice a week in the run up to the competition.
No matter what kind of a crap day you had, a Bikram yoga class forces you to forget about it. It forces you to forget because you can’t concentrate on the class and everything else you have to think about. It is amazing way to de-stress. I am a different person afterward the class.” Anna says although she works hard she doesn’t deprive herself either. “Anyone who knows me knows that I like the finer things in life but you do have to be conscious of what you put into your body. Trainers I have had before say, the fuel you put into your body is the fuel for your car. And that’s the truth! “That’s not to say I don’t have my bar of chocolate or ice cream!” We couldn’t agree more Anna, best of luck. We’ll all be tuning in!
Don’t miss out 8pm on Mon 18th & Tue 19th August on RTÉ One. The heart of the festival brings young women of Irish descent from around the world to County Kerry, Ireland for a global celebration of Irish culture. http://www.roseoftralee.ie