How I discovered Yoga
My yogic path began in my early 20’s with my first teacher Sylvia Klein Olkin at Connecticut College. At that moment I knew that Yoga was something I wanted to keep in my life. A few years later another inspirational teacher entered my life, Ellie Brown of Stonington who is an exceptional instructor and healer. Seeking more instruction I headed to Kripalu Yoga Center with my good friend Karen Clarke for our first visit to Kripalu over 20 years ago and the rest as they say is history. In June of 2003, I completed my 200 hour RYT certification program, a rigorous but delightful journey. Since that time I have attended numerous Yoga training's, designed workshops and curriculum for a course at Mitchell College, “The Wisdom of Yoga” and a collaborative workshop with Karen “Awakening the Goddess Within.” As I continue on my Yogic path I enter the sister study of Yoga, “Fundamentals of Ayurveda.” A level two Reiki practitioner, I utilize these skills in my Yoga Classes when a student may need an additional healing from injury or stress.
As I have always been interested in exercise throughout my lifetime, swimming, running, aerobics, hiking and such, I knew that cross-training is a helpful component so that you are not over-straining muscles and seeking to avoid injury. Ten years ago Pilates entered my life and I received my Level 2 Pilates (Mindful Mat Practice) certification from Soma Yoga Center in Newport, RI. Pilates was brought into this country in the 1930’s from Joseph Pilates who began his work at an internment center in Germany in WW1, where he had been sent. It was there that the design was developed for Pilates and in the 1930’s, disappointed with the social conditions in Germany, he migrated to the USA. Upon entering NYC he became an instructor to actors and dancers.
My Pilates class has evolved into a fusion of Yoga, Pilates, Callenetics and Tai Chi. It is a “whole” body workout with a strong focus on upper body strength, a strong core and a great s t r e t c h. My goal is to bring healthful practices into people’s lives and encourage “commitment” to a healthy lifestyle doing whatever “practice” works for you. As we all face different challenges in our lives whether they are physical or nutritional; and when you find out what works for you and commit,
it enhances your life in so many ways. It's about taking time to take care of YOU!
I have been blessed with studio space and more importantly, so many wonderful students who have been with me for many years on their path. Students have inspired me as they are my “teachers” as well. I look at everyone as my teacher as we all have something to learn from one another.
Many Blessings to those of you who have supported me on my journey and l I look forward to continue sharing the wisdom of Yoga with you. Namaste, Anne
“Look within. The inward journey is the most important journey you will ever take.”