Returning to Yin

Restoring Balance to Ourselves & Our World

A live 6-week online course with Anne Marie Witmer 

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simply moving through life with a sense of ease,

  your mind clear & focused,

 your body balanced & rested, 

 your heart content & confident.

 

What if you could help heal the world simply by being in balance? 

You could wake up each day experiencing: 

Confidence in your own intrinsic value
and worthiness.

  • Enhanced mental clarity & attention span.
  • Greater reliance on your own inner wisdom.
  • Restored vitality and physical well being.
  • A renewed sense of hope & trust in life.

 

Return to What Matters Most!

 

Return to Sanity! 

 

Return to Hope!

 

Returning to Yin!

 Practical Tools & Guidance for Transforming Overwhelm Into Freedom & Ease 

 

Enroll Now! We begin March 3, 2022

Each live class will include both discussion & experiential practice including:  yin yoga, meditation & journaling. 

 

Week 1 / Restoring Balance

 Learn how we contribute to & are affected by a culture of imbalance and what we can do to change it.

Topics we'll explore:

  • The dynamic relationship of yin & yang
  • The effects of imbalance on ourselves & our environment
  • An overview of Taoism, 5 Element Theory & Yin Yoga

Week 2 /Do Less, Be More

Learn how allowing & surrender can create more freedom and possibility in your life. 

Topics we'll explore:   

  • The allure of busyness, force & control
  • Our relationship to time
  • Benefits of honoring nature's rhythms

 

Week 3 / Slow Down & Enjoy the Ride

Learn how to avoid being a bystander in your life and fully inhabit the present moment. 

Topics we'll explore:   

  • Cultural associations of fast & slow and the real life implications 
  • Experiencing a richer, more fulfilling life through the cultivation of mindful presence
  • Creating lasting improvements to mental health by noticing and savoring positive experiences

Week 4 / Release Your Way to Peace & Freedom

Learn how to regain your sanity by saying no to overconsumption and overstimulation.

Topics we'll explore:

  • Releasing the shackles of the "wanting mind" and discovering the real key to lasting happiness
  • Maintaining your focus and power when your attention is a commodity
  • How overstimulation affects your mind & mood and techniques from Yoga & Taoism that alleviate mental overload

 

Week 5 / Turning from Outside to Inside

Reclaim your personal power & dignity in a world obsessed with "likes" and "followers".

Topics we'll explore:

  • The Instagram culture's devastating effect on mental health & how to free yourself from the comparison trap 
  • Understanding the differences between self esteem, self worth and self compassion & finding ways to strengthen them
  • How to lean into your infinite wellspring of love to develop genuine power & self worth 

Week 6 /Balanced, Whole, Connected

Learn how to heal division and move from fear & anger to compassion & connection. 

Topics we'll explore:

  • The roots of duality, division & polarization.
  • Our interconnection and interdependence with nature and with each other.
  • The seismic shifts occurring in consciousness and the role we play in shaping our collective future. 
  • The rise of the Sacred Feminine principle.

What you'll receive:  

  • A two hour live class each week that includes:  yoga practice, meditation & interactive discussion. 

     
  • A final wrap up meeting for integration & next steps.

     
  • 6 additional pre-recorded yoga practice & meditation videos.

     
  • Weekly exercises, guidance and tools.  

     
  • Private, on-line discussion group.

     
  • Recordings of each live session.

     
  • Special bonus package to add to your course experience (see below).

If you are one of the first 15 people to register within 72 hours (by 2/22/22) , you will receive

these 2 incredible bonuses:      

 

 1.  A 30 Minute Human Design Consult with Beth Ann Fishberg

Human Design is a synthesis of ancient wisdom and modern science, based on the principles of the I Ching, astrology, Kabbalah, the chakra system, and quantum physics. Human Design reveals your true nature and gifts, shows you the way to optimize your unique energy, and supports you in making big decisions with greater ease and trust. In this introductory consultation, Beth Ann will discuss highlights of your Human Design Chart and suggest practical ways to integrate this information into your daily life. Beth Ann is a Certified Human Design Guide and experienced life coach. www.bethann.tv  ($97 value)

2.  A 30 Minute Nutritional Consult with Iris Briand, RD 

If your desire is to live a balanced life, you must consider what you put into your body, where it comes from and how it is prepared. Discuss your nutritional goals and challenges with registered dietician, Iris Briand of Sol Food Nutrition. She will suggest strategies for creating a more holistic approach to nutrition. Iris holds a Nutrition Degree from OSU, and completed the Life University’s Dietetics Program. Sol Food Nutrition is a full service nutritional consultation firm accepting most health insurance providers. ($97 value)

In addition, all participants

will receive the following free gifts:

The Entire Path of Ease Guidebook Series:  Five unique guides for each season: individual guides A detailed 

  Ease Guidebooks are a series of seasonal, yin yoga guides to help you harmonize with nature's cycles, reduce stress and find balance. Each guidebook in the series contains:

  • specific strategies, practices and activities to integrate with the dominant energy โ€จof the season.
  • a season specific yin yoga sequence to practice at home. 
  • an explanation of how Yin Yoga works to clear and strengthen your energetic body.
  • an overview of Taoist 5 Element Theory which is the foundation for both Chinese Medicine and Yin Yoga.โ€จ

A copy of Sacred Wisdom for Modern Times, a yogic philosophy series by Meghan Maris ($19 value )

 Enjoy this wonderfully written series of inspirational articles by acclaimed yoga teacher, Meghan Maris. The series includes articles on:

  • Pratyahara (sensory withdrawal)
  • The Root of Misconception
  • The False Sense of Self Identity
  • Attachment & Aversion
  • The Fear ofLetting Go

This is not just a course, it's a community!

 

During our time together, you'll be part of a supportive learning community of like-minded seekers.  You’ll have the opportunity to connect and bond with your fellow course-mates during our live classes as well as in our private online discussion group. We'll encourage and support each other to make necessary changes in our lives.  We will also join forces to make the world a healthier and more peaceful place to live. 

WHY THIS CLASS?  WHY NOW? 

 

For someone who teaches Yin Yoga, I have always had an inordinate amount of Yang energy. This yang focus helped me finish graduate school and begin a successful career in healthcare. This approach seemed to work fine until Hurricane Katrina suddenly forced me to leave my home and career in New Orleans. The life I had worked so hard to “achieve” was now crumbling all around me.

I decided to take a temporary sabbatical from my career to go “figure things out” at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. When I arrived, I told a therapist that I was eager to get my life back on track and asked for “homework assignments” to ensure quick progress. She looked at me and with a kind yet forceful tone said, “Your homework is to REST!”

Rest? Rest? I don’t have time to rest, I thought! Well……….actually, I guess I did because instead of staying for 8 weeks, I remained for 18 months. When I finally left, it was no longer as a healthcare executive, but as a yoga teacher, with a new found appreciation for living a  more balanced life.

I know many of you struggle with balancing the need for action and achievement with the need for reflection and rest. We are certainly not encouraged to devote as much time to our inner experience as to our outer one. However, we need to turn the tide if we want to live in a world that is healthy and whole. When we make positive changes in  ourselves, we create a ripple effect of healing for the people around us, for our environment and for the earth itself. We're all in this together, so let's "be the change", now. 

Anne Marie Witmer

Anne Witmer is a gifted, heartfelt teacher who has been guiding students in the practice of yoga, meditation & spiritual growth for over 15 years. Anne has advanced training in Yin Yoga & Yoga Therapy and specializes in women’s health, stress & the nervous system and psycho-spiritual growth.

Her teaching is informed by her study of Tantric Yoga Philosophy, Ayurveda, Taoism & Chinese Medicine. She has had the pleasure to study with some of the world's most renowned teachers including, Sally Kempton, Sarah Powers, Richard Miller & Christina Sell.

Anne Marie holds a Master of Public Health Degree from UCLA and a BA in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She worked for many years in the non profit sector promoting women’s health and access to healthcare for marginalized groups.

Student Testimonial: 

Katherine Allen

Anne is deeply thoughtful & easily the most compassionate person I know. She is finely attuned to the subtle needs of the body and skillfully brought my own body back to a state of ease. Through nourishing movement and deeply relaxing poses, she also helped calm my nervous system. I'm so grateful for her!

Student Testimonial:

Steven Gervais

Anne is my favorite yoga teacher of all time. Magic, mastery, kindness, patience, all come to mind when I think of her as a yoga teacher. I find wholeness within myself and with the world every class I take with Anne. She invites us to live deeply and authentically by her shining example. 

Student Testimonial:

Willow O'Brien

Anne Witmer is hands down the most engaging and knowledgeable YIN yoga teacher in Portland. She meets every student where they need to be met with kindness, humor & expert guidance. She has shown me a path of least resistance and has led me to a deeper practice both on my yoga mat and in my personal life. 

Registration Information  

 

 Details:

  • Course begins March 3, 2022
  • Live sessions will be held on Thursdays from 5:30-7:30 pm PST  on Zoom (recordings available if you miss) 
  • Class dates are 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7
  • A final wrap-up meeting will be held on Sunday, April 10, 2022 from 5:30-7:30.
 

Here's Everything included in the price:

  • A two hour live class each week with yoga, meditation & interactive discussion plus a 90 minute closing session.
  • 6 additional pre-recorded yoga practice & meditation videos.
  • Weekly exercises, guidance and tools. 
  • Private, on-line discussion group. 
  • Recordings of each live session. 
  • Special bonus & free gifts 

 

The Course & Bonuses are Valued at Over $500 But Are Available To You Starting at $297

SINGLE PAYMENT

$297

BEST VALUE

$60 off total price

SINGLE PAYMENT

PAYMENT PLAN

$119/m

3 INSTALLMENTS

$357 Total 

3 PAYMENTS

Reserve Your Spot Today! 

Registration Closes on March 1st!

Enroll Now!

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Hope For A World Out Of Balance!

 

I’m sure, like me, there are times when you feel overwhelmed by the state of the world. Everywhere you look, from the health of the planet to global politics, things appear to be getting more extreme and out of control. You may wonder, is there anyway to change the current trajectory? 

Taoists would immediately recognize the cause of our predicament. The modern world is out of balance and we’ve lost the dynamic harmony that keeps opposing forces in check. We live in a culture that places inordinate value on yang qualities such as action, achievement, competition, acquisition, consumption, speed and external focus. At the same time, we neglect and devalue yin qualities, such as being, releasing, stillness, cooperation, interconnection and inner experience. As a result, we are witnessing the effects of  long term imbalance on our planet, in our communities and in our own physical and mental health. 


Living in a state of imbalance can cause: 

  • Feelings of overwhelm and lack of control
  • Increased anxiety and fear of the future
  • Loneliness and depression
  • Chronic health issues such as inflammation, insomnia & digestive disorders 
  • Inability to focus and decreased attention span

Can you relate?