Anne Marie

Studio Director and Yoga Teacher
 
My interests in moving meditation practices began with Tai-Chi at 19. Since then, I’ve immersed myself in the study of self-realisation and yoga as a way to heal myself mentally and physically. These practices have made a remarkable difference in my life, and the experience continues to help me grow each day.

 

Growing up with a fast-paced, constant-driving, coffee-drinking, standard New York diet and lifestyle kept me frazzled and depressed. Finding the discipline of yoga was the perfect calling to bring energizing activity, compassionate thinking, and spiritual vitality back to my life.

 

In 2011, I completed my Hot Yoga training at Yoga Oasis, N.Y., moved to Sheffield with new goals and challenges, and began manifesting my ideal of studying with Sri Dharma Mittra.  
 
Now, I am grateful to have completed the 500hr Life of a Yogi training with him and the skilled teachers at the Dharma Yoga Center.  This training solidified my understanding of the practice, and continues to be the foundation on which I live my life.  
 
Every day, I continue to pursue my interests in yogic philosophy, nutritional vegan eating, being positively active, actively calm, and living according to the Yoga Sutras.

 

I’m excited to share the wisdom learned from various teachers and yoga styles to bring consciousness and gratitude everywhere.  

 

Certification & Education…
White Cloud Monastary Nei Gong – 2006
Study Abroad at University of Sheffield – 2006-2007
BA in English Literature from State University of New York – 2008
Yoga Oasis Teacher Training with Mary Grace – 2011 (200 hrs)
Adjustment Clinic with Abby Hoffman – 2013 (18 hrs)

Life of a Yogi Teacher Training with Sri Dharma Mittra - 2015 (500 hrs)



Anne Marie instructs the following:
  • Hot Hatha - 60 min
  • Room Temp: Hot

    Best for: beginners and regulars

     

    Strong and steady

    This class has static poses with longer holds designed to build strength, flexibility and a still mind. The poses are accessible to most people and there is sufficient recovery between poses. The focus is on alignment and embodying the fundamental principles of a yoga practice. If you've done hot yoga before, this class is similar to other static styles such as Bikram, Moksha and Absolute.

     

    The 60 min class requires less stamina so beginners will find it easier and regulars will find energising.


  • Hot Yin - 75 min
  • Room Temp: Hot

    Best for: newbies, beginners and regulars

    Relax and renew

    This class is softer and slower allowing you to unwind by letting stress and tension melt away. The poses are held for 2-5 minutes creating stillness in the body and mind. The focus is on internal sensations rather than external appearance and is quite meditative.

     


  • Hot Vinyasa - 60 min
  •  Room Temp: Hot

    Best for: regulars and beginners who are already quite fit

     

    Go with the flow
    This is a dynamic class that focuses on moving with the breath bringing fluidity back into the body. The poses aren't held for as long and greater emphasis is placed on the transitions between the poses. If you've done hot yoga before, this class is similar to other flowing styles such as Baptiste, Power or Ashtanga. 

  • Hot Hatha - 75 min

  • Room Temp: Hot

    Best for: regulars and beginners adapted to the heat and like a challenge

    Strong and steady

    This class has static poses with longer holds designed to build strength, flexibility and a still mind. The poses are accessible to most people and there is sufficient recovery between poses. The focus is on alignment and embodying the fundamental principles of a yoga practice. If you've done hot yoga before, this class is similar to other static styles such as Bikram, Moksha and Absolute.

     


  • Beginner - 60 min
  • Room Temp: Warm

    Best for: newbies, beginners and regulars who want a refresher

    Brush up on the basics
    Refine your practice with fewer poses and more instruction. Each week, you'll learn about one of the key principles of yoga and how to apply them to a simple sequence of postures. If you've never done yoga before, then this is the class for you.

    Breathing
    You'll become more aware of how you breath and learn the calm steady breath used in yoga. You'll practice pairing movement with the breath and begin to allow the breath to guide your yoga practice.

    Alignment
    You'll learn how to become aware of how your body is positioned and general principles of how to bring it into better alignment so that you'll be able to apply them to any pose you encounter.

    Edges
    You'll learn how to tune into the sensations in your body and use these as cues to help your practice. You'll find greater ease and strength within each pose and have fun playing your edges.


  • Dharma Wheel
  • This is a special class designed to introduce the Dharma Yoga Wheel, and how it is used it to:

    “Open the entire back, open the shoulders, aligns the spine, relax muscles, expand the chest, stretch the hip flexors, and quadriceps. “

    We will flow through some warm ups and poses from the Dharma Yoga Wheel sequences. This will enable you to learn how to warm up properly using the wheel, and explore the areas of your body that will receive the most benefit from the DYW.

    This beautiful tool was created by Sri Dharma Mittra, enjoyed by many of his students at the center in New York, and is now marketed by his son, Yogi Varuna for worldwide use. While it is specifically aimed at loosening the back muscles and offering a support for developing backbends, the DYW is a Yogi’s best friend for support in a variety of postures.

    Already have your own wheel? Please bring it to class :-)


  • Dharma Basics
  • Dharma Yoga is a classical Hatha-Raja style yoga, meaning that it incorporates the Eight Limbs of Yoga as part of every practice. These limbs correspond to: the ethical rules and observances of a yogic lifestyle (yama/niyama), the practice of physical postures (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama), use of concentration (dharana), and meditation (dhyana) in order to realize the unity of the whole being, and rest in a state of absolute bliss (samadhi).

    We will energize and strengthen the body through the physical posture (asana) practice, settle and restore the body/mind through deep relaxation, practice a level appropriate breathing exercise, and take time for stillness in meditation.

    This vinyasa begins to explore the Dharma Surya/Shiva Namaskara sequences more closely, offering more basic modifications of postures. This class follows the structure of a typical Dharma class flow, it introduces inversions (headstand, shoulder stand), incorporates deep relaxation, breathing techniques and meditation.

    This is an non-hot, all-level practice.

    Sri Dharma Mittra has been teaching in New York City since 1975. With over 50 years of personal practice and teaching experience, he is known as ‘the teacher’s teacher.’ Dharma’s teaching method aims to firmly establish the student in effectual practices that bring about Self- Realization.


  • Dharma Intermediate
  • Dharma Yoga is a classical Hatha-Raja style yoga, meaning that it incorporates the Eight Limbs of Yoga as part of every practice. These limbs correspond to: the ethical rules and observances of a yogic lifestyle (yama/niyama), the practice of physical postures (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama), use of concentration (dharana), and meditation (dhyana) in order to realize the unity of the whole being, and rest in a state of absolute bliss (samadhi).
     
    We will energize and strengthen the body through the physical posture (asana) practice, settle and restore the body/mind through deep relaxation, practice a level appropriate breathing exercise, and take time for stillness in meditation.

    This vinyasa goes into deeper pose variations (binding), incorporates mantra and introduction to Kirtan, inversions (headstand, forearm stand), lotus pose, and arm balances. Deep relaxation, pranayama and dhyana are included in this practice as well as discussion on yogic living. This non-hot class is open to people with some yoga experience with a desire for advancing. 

    Sri Dharma Mittra has been teaching in New York City since 1975. With over 50 years of personal practice and teaching experience, he is known as ‘the teacher’s teacher.’ Dharma’s teaching method aims to firmly establish the student in effectual practices that bring about Self


  • Yoga Nidra
  • Yoga Nidra is Yogic Sleep. This is a class for complete relaxation, rejuvenation and deep healing.
     
    Your body will be still for 45 minutes, so to make sure you are comfortable you may want to bring warm clothes, a blanket, a pillow and a scarf to put over your eyes.
     
    In this class your body will become a magnet, drawing in divine energy. Yoga Nidra is said to be equivalent to 2 hours quality rest, so heal and take care of your body in the best possible way with this Yoga Nidra class.
     
    Prepare to be relaxed, rejuvenated and re-energised. 

  • Deep Yin & Didge Sound Bath
  • Deep Yin & Didgeridoo Sound Bath
    with Anne Marie and Gregg Chapman

    Come and meet Aussie, Gregg Chapman and his amazing healing didgeridoos and be immersed in a sound bath!

    We will start the session with some deep Yin yoga accompanied by the Didgeridoo, letting the body and mind become immersed in the vibes.  Following this practice, a 45-minute Savasana will leave you bathing in the sound...

    Some time will be allocated for an introduction to Gregg and the Didgeridoo, as well as for coming back to reality and sharing your experience.

    The ancient Australian didgeridoo is a powerful healing tool that works on the mental, physical and the spiritual to bring you into vibrational alignment with who you really want to be. Everything is interconnected through energy as we are energy beings and the didge is really beneficial for bringing your mind to focus, relaxation and to inspire your creativity. How it does this is through scientific principles of brainwave entrainment. The didge is creating a portal of energy or a space of energy and it is up to you as to how want to use that energy. Is it for healing physical aches and pains? Is it for creativity or clarity? Or is to get your energy into alignment with who you really want to be. The choice is yours…

    Bring along your yoga mat, blankets, cushions with an open mind and Get Didged!

    More about Gregg Chapman:

    "Ten years ago, I discovered at a backyard barbecue that the didgeridoo could miraculously heal pain on a friend who had been in a car accident. How bizarre I thought!! So I started providing didgeridoo sound therapy and healing sessions and have had countless miraculous results with reducing pain and stress for clients and particularly children with disabilities.

    What I find fascinating is that when I play the didgeridoo, I have this certainty in who I am, expansion and a feeling of inter-connectedness. This is what the didgeridoo is all about as it is considered to be one of the oldest woodwind instruments in the world and holds very important spiritual and cultural values for the Aboriginal people of Australia. The Didgeridoo provides you with an opportunity to experience energy and how you are are interconnected. It helps to bring you into vibrational alignment with what you really want and clears the fears out of the way which gives your creativity the opportunity to shine.

    I am all about inspiring people to be the best they can be no matter how weird, wacky or wonderful they are and I believe that we all have a gift to share with the world.

    How weird, wacky and wonderful can you be?"

    Gregg

    www.greggchapman.com