Annemarie first began yoga as a teenager in New York and discovered the Iyengar method when she came to Bristol in 1997. She immediately recognised the benefits that Iyengar yoga could bring: a feeling of well-being, calm and challenge. She loves its lineage, rigorous methodology, and clarity.
She was inspired to teach after attending the 2009 UK convention taught by Geeta Iyengar (BKS Iyengar’s daughter).
She holds a Junior Intermediate 2 level certificate and has taken classes at the Ramamani Iyengar Institute (RIMYI) in Pune. She regularly attends the Iyengar UK annual conventions, which are taught by teachers from RIYMI, as well as learning from senior teachers near, far and wide.
Annemarie is particularly interested in the mind and body connection of yoga:
‘Yoga asks you to draw on physical strength, as well as discipline, tolerance and persistence, to see that it isn’t just exercise, but about who you are at that moment. It has challenged my patience and tenacity as well as calmed and comforted.’
Annemarie was physically active from as far back as she can remember, swimming in the sea and studying martial arts from a young age. She was a keen runner and completed half marathons in 2004 and 2005. She still cycles and enjoys long walks.
She also brings to her teaching a wealth of experience from working for over 20 years in leadership, communication and team development. She is the author of Smart Things to Know About Teams (Capstone, 1999) and values the connections people make while practising yoga together.