Annelie, as she had been practising yoga for most of her life and her first experience of yoga, was practising the ‘lion breath’ at around the age of six with her parents. Over the years, Annelie has experimented with yoga styles ranging from Hatha and Iyengar to Ashtanga, Kundalini and vinyasa flow.
In 2010, Annelie began her yoga teacher training with Angela Ashwin and the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY). BWY is the Sport England recognised National Governing Body for Yoga. BWY is a member of the Sport & Recreation Alliance.
Annelie qualified at a Hatha yoga teacher with BWY in 2013. Annelie’s style of teaching incorporates the BWY teaching traditions of asana and pranayama into her classes but also brings her own distinctive style to her classes, largely influenced by Ashtanga and vinyasa flow. Annelie undertook a transcendental meditation course in 2013 and likes to incorporate a short meditation practice at the end of her classes to enable her students to experience the benefits of mediation.
Recently, Annelie has developed a new style of yoga called Yoga Conditioning. Yoga Conditioning incorporates traditional yoga practices and dynamic sequences with a focus on improving posture, developing core strength, stamina and improving strength and flexibility in a wide range of muscle groups. These classes are particularly beneficial for those who practice sports and are looking for a form of cross-training and conditioning practice. The classes also incorporate breathing and relaxation practices which help develop concentration and focus. Annelie has set up a range of Yoga Conditioning and Yoga for Sports classes in Exeter. Please see the class schedule for details.
Before starting a yoga class you will be asked to complete a health questionnaire. If anything changes between you completing the questionnaire and your yoga class, please let your teacher know.
Please arrive 5-10 minutes before the class start time.
The studio is fully equipped, however, students are able to bring their own mats if they choose.
Please wear clothes that are comfortable and loose fitting.
Blankets are provided but students may like to bring extra layers to keep warm during relaxation at the end of the class.
Where possible, try not to eat for at least two hours before commencing the class.
Remember to turn your mobile phones off or switch to silent settings.
Lessons last for between one to one and a half hours and will incorporate a warm-up followed by yoga postures and will end with breathing and relaxation.
Yoga is a progressive non-competitive practice. Each student will develop at their own pace and level during each class. Students can stop and relax at any time during practice. Students need to listen to their body and only do what they feel comfortable with.
Benefits of yoga
There are many benefits which people who regularly practice yoga experience. In particular, yoga can:
– increase stamina and strength
– ease back and muscle pains
– combat stress
– aid sleep
– enhance immunity (help fight colds and coughs)
– improve digestion
– reduce anxiety
– balance hormones
– provide flexibility
– detoxify the body
– revitalise the body and mind
Myth No 1 – I am too stiff or inflexible to do yoga….
Everyone feels stiff at times and lots of people can’t touch their toes. In yoga classes, we all work at our own pace and level, we have blocks, straps and props to help us get into poses. Yoga will help you loosen up and become more flexible over time so there is no need to be flexible to start yoga. If you don’t start yoga you will become more inflexible and stiffer over time.
Myth No 2 – I don’t need to do yoga as I am a runner, cyclist or go the gym …
Yoga is a great form of cross-training. It can help reduce injuries, it helps with training for marathons or other races by reducing tension in muscles and can help with performance and concentration.
Myth No 3 – I went to a yoga class once and I wasn’t sure it was for me…
There are so many different types of yoga and you shouldn’t be put off because you tried it once and you didn’t like that style or the teacher. Every teacher teaches in a slightly different way and brings their own style into the classes. If you want some information on what might be the right yoga class for you contact us on the contact us page.
Myth No 4 – Yoga is just for girls…
Yoga was originally designed in India by men for men. The number of men attending yoga classes is increasing all the time. Yoga is not just about being flexible in yoga classes you develop strength, balance, reduce stress, muscle tension and increase mental performance and concentration. Many famous celebrities who are male and often practice sports such as rugby, football and tennis are regularly practising yoga and reporting the benefits.
Myth No 5 – I am not spiritual and I don’t want to have to OM and chant…
As explained above, there are many types of yoga classes to suit everyone. A typical yoga class will include breathing, postures and posture sequences and will finish will a short relaxation. If you would like to discuss in more detail what our yoga classes will include please contact us on the contact us page
Myth No 6 – I am not sure that yoga will give me a good workout
Most yoga classes will include sequences of postures that will get your heart rate going, build strength and work most of the muscles in the body.
Myth No 7 – I am too old to do yoga
Yoga is for everyone. In our classes, we use straps, blocks and props to assist with getting into postures. Most of the famous yogis are still in their 90’s and are practicing yoga. A lot of people start yoga later on in life and often say how much they wish they had started it years earlier. Contact us so we can discuss which class will be most suitable for you depending on your age and abilities.
Myth No 8 – I’m not fit enough to start yoga..
Yoga is for everyone we all work at your own pace and level during class. Yoga in non-competitive so you just work at your own level. Yoga will help you get fit and feel well. Contact us so we can advise on the best class for you based on your fitness level.
Myth No 9 – I can’t-do yoga as I have a bad back, bad knee, arthritis, hip pains, am recovering from an illness…
If you have a bad back, knees, hips etc then there is no better time to start yoga. Yoga can help realign the body which may be one of the reasons that you are feeling pain. Alternatively, you might need to do some yoga to stretch the muscles or release tension in the joints that are causing you pain. Many people with arthritis practice yoga as it helps reduce inflammation and increase flexibility and strength. Gentle yoga classes can also help those recovering from injuries. Contact us for more information on how yoga can help you and for the best class for you to join.