Annemarie is an Introductory Level 2 teacher of the Iyengar Yoga Association (UK). She began practicing yoga in 1994 when she first arrived in the UK from New York, and luckily happened upon the Iyengar method in 1997 when she moved to Bristol.
In this branch of yoga, developed by BKS Iyengar, pupils learn through a carefully graded and systematic programme of asanas (postures) for safe and steady progression. Pranayama (breath control) is gradually introduced once students have a firm foundation of yoga practice. Yoga both relaxes and energises the body and mind and brings vitality, flexibility, strength, concentration, self-confidence and mental calm. It is suitable for all types of people and all levels of fitness, and can help you overcome and prevent many stresses, strains, aches and pains.
Annemarie is particularly interested in the mind and body connection of Iyengar yoga and the foundation it provides for well-being.
She says: “Yoga asks you to draw on physical strength, as well as discipline, tolerance and persistence, to see that it isn’t just about the exercise, but about who you are at that moment. It has challenged my patience and tenacity as well as calmed and comforted.”
She enjoys teaching all levels and feels you are never too young, too old or too stiff to start.