Yoga this Spring 2018 with Anne

Greetings and salutations! It feels like Spring is so close and I’m sure we are all more than ready to come out of hibernation after this long cold winter! Here are some things to look forward to:

1. The spring session of my Manotick classes starts Tue. Apr. 3 with Hatha Yoga at Denise Smith Dance Studio. Last class of the winter session is Thu. Mar. 15, then we are off until after Easter. Check back to this site for ongoing updates.

2. Registration for the spring session of Yoga-Pilates at Nepean Creative Arts Centre (Wednesdays at 9:45 – 11:00 am starting Apr. 4)) is now open, online and in person. See under “Register for Recreation”. If you can’t get in to my class, consider a new Yoga-Pilates class on Mondays at 9:30 – 10:45 am taught by Sandra (the gal who subbed for me) starting Apr. 9. This is not in the recreation guide, but to register use barcode 1174804 or call 613-596-5783 for more info.

3. Join me for an afternoon yoga workshop, “JOURNEY THROUGH THE KOSHAS”, on Sun. Apr. 8 at Empower Me Yoga on Carling Ave. from 1 – 5 pm. Part lecture, part practice – we will review a timeline of the history of yoga and its roots, learn about the five koshas or “sheaths” of being, then experience the depth and beauty of an extended “Five Koshas Class”. To register, see under “Events”.

4. Can’t make it to yoga? How about another option? Join Caroline Chapman for an hour of fun mindful movement with NIA – a combination of dance, martial arts, and mindfulnessShe’s offering sessions at Manotick United Church and Denise Smith Dance Studio. See this link for more info:

5. SAVE THE DATE! Inner Work Day Yoga Retreat – “Serenity in the City”

Sun. Jun. 24, 2018, at the Brookstreet Hotel in Kanata. An urban retreat in the heart of Ottawa’s high tech district! Perfect way to unplug for a day with yoga, meditation, and nature walks along the trails surrounding the Marshes Golf Course…More details to come after Easter.

6. SAVE THE DATE! Autumn Yoga Retreat for Women – “Body, Mind, Spirit – Aligned”

Sept. 27-30, 2018, at Shanti Retreat on Wolfe Island. More details to come after Easter.

May this month go out like a lamb just the way it came in! Namaste and see you on the mat…

Do the Yoga Hustle?

Recently I received an email offer from a popular yoga magazine advertising liability insurance and advice on advancing one’s yoga “career”. The ad suggested that “every yoga teacher has to hustle harder (and smarter) to make it”. Really?? This goes against so many cardinal rules of yoga – non-harming (ahimsa), truthfulness (satya), non-greediness (aparigraha) just to name a few. The very term, “hustle” suggests forceful persuasion or an underhanded approach. Is this really how a yoga teacher would want to conduct business? Maybe some do…And when would a teacher know he or she has “made it”? Fame, fortune, jam-packed classes, a front-page spread in said popular yoga magazine? Sounds more like ego-serving than selfless service…

My own esteemed teacher, Yogrishi Vishvketu, taught me to find my voice and to give from my heart. He encouraged me to share the teachings of yoga with grace, authenticity, and confidence, and he reminded me that those who want to listen and explore with me, will come. No gimmicks, no special offers, no goats or wine-tasting needed to attract attention. As a teacher of this tradition, my role is to GUIDE, not to entertain. To me, yoga is an ongoing practice of transformation and self-discovery that continues long after a one-hour yoga class.

As we wind down this year’s winter session of classes over the next few weeks, I am looking forward to then taking a short break beyond my backyard for my own well-being and personal development. My agenda at the Chopra Centre will be filled with yoga, meditation, Ayurveda, and self-study…all in the sunshine and warmth of the California coast! I will be back in fine form, ready for our Spring session of classes!

With the right balance of effort and surrender, of ethical and smart business practices, and the ongoing flow of giving and receiving, it is possible to be both a teacher and a student in this evolving yoga world WITHOUT THE HUSTLE. I am truly grateful for all of you who continue to share this path with me!






To Be…That is the Resolution

Welcome 2018, full of promise, possibilities, and potential! Let this be the kick-off to another year of BEING. Being in health, being in peace, being in love…May all that I think, do, and say reflect this way of BEING. There will be pitfalls and obstacles along the way; there will be negative energies, naysayers, and temptations. There will be my own mind – doubting, judging, critiquing. But there will also be ongoing opportunities to release and let go. There will be beauty, goodness, strength, and happiness. There will be moments of wonder and awe, moments of pure silence, and moments that take my breath away. The key to BEING is tapping into FEELING…(check out this article from the Chopra Centre about setting intentions through cultivating feeling).

Day 3 of this new year and I’m feeling energetic, optimistic, and empowered. May this energy expand well beyond my own self and somehow seep into those who need a boost. Join me on the mat and let’s explore!

Namaste and Happy New Year!



December 2017 Classes

As we enter this season of hustling and bustling with holiday prep, shopping, and socializing, let YOGA be the very thing that grounds you in the midst of this busy energy. Choose slow, soothing, asana sequences along with deep abdominal breathing and heart-centered meditations during this time to help balance and restore your energy. Join me on the mat over the next two weeks before we break for the holidays!

December schedule:

  1. Manotick classes continue until Thu. Dec. 14 (last class before Christmas).
  2. Holiday yoga classes – Wed. Dec. 27 (Hatha) and Thu. Dec. 28 (Yin) – 9:15 am – 10:15 am at Denise Smith Dance Studio.
  3. No class on Dec. 31.
  4. Winter classes in Manotick resume Thu. Jan. 4, 2018 with Yin Yoga at 9:15 am.
  5. Yoga-Pilates winter session at NCAC begins Wed. Jan. 10, 2018 for those who are registered.

Wishing you all peace, love and light this holiday season!


All month long, my students and I have been practicing gratitude. Not just the expression of a “thank you”, but the true embodiment of the feelings of thankfulness, appreciation, contentment, kindheartedness. We committed to gratitude journals, writing every day who we are grateful TO, what we are grateful FOR, and how we are grateful THAT…We reminded ourselves of our blessings, our fortune, our inner wealth; and we remembered that we are not alone in all of this and how we NEED others as much as they need us. Even in spite of challenges in our lives ranging from health issues to tragedy to hardship to loss, we realized that practicing gratitude helps us face these hurdles with strength, confidence, and hope.

Just because Thanksgiving is over doesn’t mean that thankfulness is over for another year. When we make gratitude a regular practice, we recognize that every day is a gift. Dwelling on the negative only reinforces the negative! Seeing the positive and consciously acknowledging it creates more ease in your day, and helps you deal with whatever comes your way with a more grounded, centered perspective. Bad stuff will happen – that’s a guarantee – and we will surely feel the effects. But when we can step out of the darkness, even for a moment, to appreciate even the smallest of things, we begin to pave the way for light to shine through.

As I write this, I am basking in the glow of a wonderful day retreat with my students. The weather was glorious, the food was excellent, the venue was stunning, the service fantastic, and the energy of all of us together living our yoga just filled my cup to the brim. To simply say “thank you” seems so not enough…yet it is everything.

Click HERE for a great article on gratitude from the Greater Good Science Centre at the University of California, Berkeley.

Welcome Fall!

I’m thrilled to be back on the teaching mat after a summer off! Join me for a class or retreat this season to nurture your body, mind, and soul. Classes are now underway – see you on the mat!


Fall 2017 Yoga Classes

Home from holidays…I love how taking some time off and changing your scenery can do wonders for the body and soul! Space to breathe, space to move, space to create…All chakras spinning and balanced! I’m looking forward to the upcoming season of yoga classes and retreats and I hope you are, too. Check out my class page and my retreats page for more info about YOGA IN MY BACKYARD ( See you in September!

Pyramid Lake, Jasper National Park

Summer In My Backyard

Today marks the summer solstice and International Yoga Day! I have chosen to forsake the pile of papers on my desk and turn my face to the sunshine instead, at least for a little while. I could say I’m procrastinating at my work…or I could say I am leaning into the light and breathing in the moment instead! So out I will go into my backyard and offer greetings and salutations to the sun – Om Suryaya Namaha. 

With the year just about half over, it’s a great time to re-visit those intentions and resolutions we may have made way back in January. Have they come to fruition? Are we living them? Do we need to re-set our goals or re-align our direction? As we enter a new season, we have another opportunity to start fresh and transition into a happier, healthier way of living. For me that means taking time off from teaching to revitalize my own practice and nourish my soul with travel. It means eating more fresh fruits and veggies every day! It means staying up late to watch the summer stars and sleeping in past the alarm. And it means cleaning my office – for REAL this time! Whatever YOU choose to do to support yourself during this season of light and warmth, may you enjoy the richness and bounty of the summer!

My last class this season is Jun. 29, 2017 (Yin).

 Classes resume again in the fall. Stay tuned to this space for updates and see you in September!



I love spring! Birds hatching, tulips blooming, trees blossoming…a season of new growth and light! And that means many of you will be working in your gardens. Remember to take time to stretch, hydrate, cleanse, and restore after lots of forward-bending, heavy lifting, and pollen-breathing…That’s where yoga can help – drop in to my Hatha Yoga class for an active session to re-balance energy, or check out my Yin Yoga class for a deep, slow release of tight tissues. And if you don’t already do it, consider Jal Neti – a nasal cleansing technique yogis have used for centuries that not only helps clear a stuffy allergy-inflamed nose but is said to enhance pranayama (breath work) and meditation (check out this article on Jal Neti).

Hope to see you on the mat – my spring classes run until Thu. Jun. 29, 2017

(Note that there is no class this Sunday, May 21)



Bliss On An Ordinary Day

No big revelations during a yoga class; no touching piece of music; no idyllic beach setting…just driving in my car running errands and it hit me. An overwhelming sense of joy, contentment, gratitude, and feeling so alive that it brought me to tears at a red light. THIS is what all my mind-body practices are for; learning to be a witness and take in the moment and THANK GOD, UNIVERSE, SOURCE that I’m right here in the midst of it all. Maybe you’ve felt a “Samadhi” moment like this; a feeling of strong connection and bliss. In the middle of an ordinary day, in an ordinary life with its ordinary ups and downs, doing ordinary things – I find it amazing that there is that possibility of a “knowing” of the EXTRAordinary!

So on this ordinary day, the rain has stopped and the temperature is warmer. I have work to do and meals to make. I have a day retreat to prepare for this Friday at Wakefield with twenty beautiful souls. The world keeps moving on with me in it – feeling stronger, lighter, and more spacious than the day before. In this moment I AM BLISS…I AM BLISS…I AM BLISS…

 “Anandoham, Anandoham, Anandoham”

“Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.” 

– Mary Jean Irion





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