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Known as a “teachers’ teacher,” Annie believes that Yoga practice is a remarkable method for learning to steady the attention on what is actually happening in the moment. From this place, compassion and radical acceptance naturally evolve. Old mindsets of the illusion of separation, of me and them, and self and other, dissolve into the knowledge of wholeness.
“Although our culture tends to shrink yoga to mean only the physical, asana element I believe that yoga truly is a shamanic path, capable of leading us through transformation on all levels. Yoga reminds us what is real, and thus who we are — the light radiating from within.”
Be the Mountain
Engage your Midline for Balanced Core
Tadasana, or Mountain Pose, truly is the key: Energizing and steadying; creating strength and release. We’ll practice a full array of Yoga poses and seek the inner mountain in them all.
Connecting Breath and Movement
Create a deep and supportive relationship between your movement and your breath. This well-rounded practice invites you to
let the pulse of the breath guide you into
a radiant, strong and easeful flow.
Healthy and Fun Inversions
Getting upside down is full of benefits, including creating joy! Learn how to prep, practice and modify classic inversions and variations for a healthy and
to Ground and Focus
Connect to your natural breath pattern before moving into several traditional Pranayama techniques (breathing exercises) meant to focus your attention and root your subtle energy. Inner quietude follows naturally.
Annie Carpenter, the creator of SmartFLOW Yoga, is an international Yoga teacher based in Northern California. Known as a “teacher’s teacher” she has created a well-respected system of Yoga practice and Teaching methodology. Annie’s playful personality and focused intelligence brings depth, clarity and exuberance to her classes. A committed student of Yoga for over 40 years now, Annie continues to bring her passion and curiosity, love of anatomy, evolutionary movement, meditation and classical philosophy into her teachings. A childhood of sports and dance lead her to New York, where she danced and taught for the Martha Graham Company, in the 80s, cementing her love of movement and yoga as true sanctuaries for the soul. By the 90s, she began teaching Yoga full time. She is grateful to all of her teachers over the years, including Swami Satchidananda, Maty Ezraty, Chuck Miller, Lisa Walford, Pattabhi Jois, Trudy Goodman and many others.
Annie’s SmartFLOW Yoga is a modern approach with an anatomically sound foundation and inspired, creative sequencing. Annie’s method is rooted in deep respect and years of practice in the lineages of Integral, Iyengar and Astanga Yoga. Annie is committed to inquiry and mindfulness, which inevitably leads to spiritual development and light-heartedness.
Her SmartFLOW Yoga guide you to know your true Self. With the knowledge of the true Self comes compassion, peace and appreciation for all life.
Practice with Annie Carpenter in Gastein during Yoga Spring 2023