I am a seeker of truth. This journey began about 20 years ago when I lost my 14-year-old nephew, Sam, to brain cancer and then, a few weeks later, my father was killed in a car accident. I started asking myself what is life about? Why am I here? Why do children get terminal cancer? Why do loved ones get taken away? These and many other questions led me to my first of many meditation classes. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was doing a form of yoga.
Although I was meditating, I didn’t have a regular asana (yoga poses) practice until about ten years ago. My first attempt at an asana class didn’t go so well. I wasn’t particularly inspired and barely made it through a six week class series. For whatever reason, I just wasn’t ready. Fast forward about eight years and things changed profoundly. That’s when I found an inspiring teacher and my practice took root. I felt called to teach and earned my 200-hour yoga teacher certification at the Yoga Center of Minneapolis. The more I practiced and taught yoga, the more I wanted to learn. This lead me to studies in meditation, restorative yoga and Ayurveda, yoga’s sister science that beautifully explains how to live in balance with your unique constitution and nature.
I like to teach what I call “compassionate yoga.” We all are used to measuring our progress by how much we sweat, by how hard we work. I like to measure progress by how compassionate we are to ourselves. Yoga offers us the opportunity to go on an exciting journey of our inner landscape through the tools of breath awareness, asana and meditation. As we consciously breathe and expand our lungs, we can slow down and expand our minds. As we stretch and feel the body release, we stretch our minds and let go of patterns of negative thinking, allowing us to step into our true selves. When we step into our true selves, we are happy, balanced, aware and compassionate. This makes us better parents, life partners, caregivers, siblings, and friends.
I am so grateful to my many teachers including Dana Tholo, Tara Cindy Sherman, Judith Hanson Lasater, Max Strom, Marilyn Calver, Dr. Vasant Lad, and Maria Garre. I am especially grateful to my true teachers, the students who give me the opportunity to share the gifts of yoga and keep me on the path.
Since 2008, Ann’s been teaching yoga classes and workshops for all ages and abilities. Register here