Annelie as she had been practicing yoga for most of her life and her first experience of yoga was practicing 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 qualifed 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 transendental 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 be 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