Here’s how Annie strives to help you uncover your true nature through yoga:
My classes are extremely focused on a particular movement principle that we are exploring that day – for example, finding just the right balance between working the abdominals for spinal elongation while moving into a deep backbend. In this way, each student finds her perfect pose for this day, and everyone drops into a deep state of concentration. Having said that, I'd add that I bring a blend of rigorousness and playfulness to the practice.
A deeper understanding of self and a greater access to dropping into peaceful acceptance, especially when under stress.
Years ago, I built my practice and teaching on the great foundations laid out by many amazing teachers in the Integral, Iyengar and Astanga systems. Satchidananda and Pattabhi Jois are two who come to mind. I also still hear Martha Graham's voice – I was formally a dancer – in my head. In the last decade, it’s been mostly pranayama and meditation teachers, especially Trudy Goodman.
My students inspire me. I am continuously looking for ways to reach them at a deeper, more honest level. Take time to pause. Whether it’s a formal pause like your daily meditation or pausing in the midst of a really challenging pose or pausing when you're in a big push at work or taking a long walk at the beach, pause. Take a breath or two. Pause. Reflect. Renew. And hit the reset button – you’ll dive back in with awareness and energy.
Experience class with Annie for yourself. From now until April 7th, yogavibes.com is offering a free one-hour class with Annie.