I began my yoga practice to regain a sense of body consciousness. I had danced professionally in my 20’s, had my daughter in my 30’s and was driven by career, relationships and a desire to be a strong figure for my daughter in my 40’s. It was in my early 40’s that I began taking a weekly class and soon it was 3 times a week. Then came the incremental evidence of some big changes: with more maturity came my desire to speak my truth, self-respect grew as I centered on my mat without judgement, and curious of my own heart and soul, I began to foster the idea of one day teaching yoga. I became enamored with what seemed rightfully enriching to me personally---that this journey was a continuing education. My 200-hour teacher training with Ana Forrest was vigorous and gifted me with a comprehension of healing through breath, asanas and hands on energy work. Ana herself is steeped in the culture of Native American rituals, has written a compelling personal journey in “Fierce Medicine” and invites both broken and unbroken yogis into what she calls the hoop of the people in order to mend it. In Anchorage, I taught at Evolve Yoga in Spenard for two years. Kim Greeff ignited my yoga journey, and I continued with Kim’s Mentorship Program, shifting into an awareness of the anatomical body through her work with Jill Miller and the Yoga Tune Up Method as well as her ever growing method she has named Evolve Yoga. My all-level classes at Deha Yoga will be a mix of Forrest Inspired and Evolve Yoga with a linear development that warms the body, building with longer held poses towards an apex or intentional culmination, then warming down and enjoying the grateful heart of savasana. I look forward to sharing the journey with you!
Annie instructs the following:
Core Connection is a class centered around structural integrity and building strength, in addition to lengthening muscles in a long held apex. Bone-stacking asanas will let students go inside and explore the emotions that may have attachments to those poses. A good way to clear the path to better health for the beginner. A building block of new awareness for the dedicated advanced yogi as well. All levels, 75 degrees.
This is a practice that stays low to the floor, but works deep into the connective tissues, fascial networks and joint capsules of the body. Primary focus is placed on the pelvis. Postures are held for extended periods of time to allow for muscular release. Once muscles release, the deeper “yin” tissues of the body are able to receive the benefits of the posture. Because Yin Yoga targets ligaments, bones and joints, it is not recommended for those working with an active or recent injury. For many, this class provides a deep energetic release as well. 75 degrees.