Annette is a yoga and meditation teacher and movement professional hailing from right here in Arizona. A mover since childhood, mostly for the joy of it, she discovered gyms and fitness in the. She launched into her own mind body education experience over 30 years ago “through the gym door/fitness world”.
She discovered weight training initially, loving the endorphin boost, physical exertion, and the transformation that evolved. She was intrigued by the part of the process that requires mental self-discipline and self-inquiry. Transformation of a body’s shape isn’t strictly dictated, by exertion! One has to be in a certain mental space without distraction! Release self-doubt, manage expectations. Breathing a certain way helped achieve different results. Then one day in 1998, she stepped into the group fitness room and took a yoga class. It was early in the yoga game in the west and it was more about releasing mental chatter rather than achieving a pose. Yoga was about breathing, moving and making a mental inquiry about what your body could do! A pattern was emerging. A journey progressed each milestone building on the last. The pursuit: to inhabit the body from within and the importance of being aware. Aware of mental activity that can either hold you back or free you, to distinguish if a barrier is self-imposed or could a person be served by changing an approach or making an accommodation?
All these lessons? They aren’t just gym lessons, they were a metaphor for life. The study of the mind is meditation. To better know the body? Study anatomy and movement science. Ultimately all this study leads to discovering how to inhabit life from within rather than allow it to be shaped in some way dictated by outside influences. Annette now endeavors to share with those seeking to find or reawaken the joy of movement and mindful presence in their lives.
The more you know, the more you realize you don’t know. A perpetual student, Annette strives for excellence in her training and is a certified yoga teacher who has completed 1000s of hours of in-depth multiyear programs of study of yoga, meditation, anatomy and kinesiology as well as intensives in ayurveda, yoga for particular conditions (including anxiety and cancer recovery.) Annette acknowledges with respect and her teaching is inspired by her teachers, which include:
You can find Annette in a yoga or Pilates studio, or in a gym lifting weights (Yes! A full circle but now with a much different appreciation!!) She doesn’t like running, but she is trying to like it!