I'm Anne

Long before there was Lululemon, and a yoga studio on every corner, I took my first yoga class wearing “comfortable, loose-fitting clothing” at the YWCA in Berkeley, CA.  I was blown away!  I felt so high after class that I had to sit down and smoke a cigarette (I know so gross, but that’s what I did back then).  Well, the cigs are long since gone  but yoga has been a part of my life for over 30 years. 

As I moved through adulthood, I continued to practice yoga wherever my life took me:  Berkeley, LA , Mexico City and eventually New Orleans.   But with a steady 9-5 job in healthcare, I spent most of my time wearing suits and high heels rather then yoga pants.  That all changed when Hurricane Katrina literally tossed my life upside down.  I left my job & life in Louisiana and headed for Big Sur, CA.  It was there at the Esalen Institute that I completed my first teacher training and had the great fortune to work with some of the world’s most renowned teachers including - Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, Sara Powers and Sally Kempton.

Eventually, I left Esalen to work for a volunteer organization in South Africa.  I expected with my background in Public Health that I would be asked to work in HIV prevention.  But instead, they asked if I would teach yoga at a domestic violence shelter in a Cape Town, township.  The universe spoke - and from that moment forward -  I literally transformed into a yoga teacher.  

Over the years I have had unique experiences teaching yoga to different populations in a variety of settings.  I have worked with survivors of domestic violence, people suffering from chronic pain, mothers recovering from challenging births, people dealing with chronic illness and people trying to heal from grief and loss.  I am particularly drawn to working with individuals who are coping with challenging, life transitions.  My hopes are to help them find healing and meaning in the midst of challenging life circumstances and to use these experiences as a gateway for discovering their spiritual purpose.  

My overall approach to teaching yoga is nurturing, holistic, and heart-centered.  I try to create classes that go beyond just a physical practice and include spiritual themes, meditation and self-inquiry practices.  I work hard to create an environment where students feel safe to be themselves no matter what they are feeling physically or emotionally.  I see myself really as a guide who simply creates the opportunity for students to learn from their own bodies and their own experiences.

Being a yoga teacher has afforded me the opportunity to continually grow and learn new things. Over the years I have completed a variety of trainings in Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga, Yin Yoga, Perinatal Yoga and Yoga Therapy.  I am also an avid student of Taoism, Tantra, Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine and I integrate this knowledge into my teaching.  Personally, I don’t think I will ever stop learning & growing from Yoga.  I am both deeply humbled & endlessly fascinated by where yoga has led me physically, intellectually and of course spiritually.  My hope is that through my teaching, I might inspire others to  embark on their own journey of self-discovery

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