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Annie Carpenter

Annie Carpenter

Annie Carpenter, 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 bring depth, clarity and exuberance to her classes. A committed student, Annie continues to bring her passion and curiosity, love of anatomy, evolutionary movement, meditation and classical philosophy into her teachings.

Annie is the author of SmartFLOW Yoga, a complete set of practice DVDs produced by Udaya, and Yoga for Total Back Care, a DVD produced by Yoga Journal, and several SmartFLOW manuals. She contributes regularly to Yoga Journal. An influential Teacher Trainer since 2003, Annie leads 200/500 trainings and workshops globally.

SmartFLOW Yoga is a modern approach with an anatomically sound foundation and inspired, creative sequencing, which is rooted in deep respect for the lineages of Integral, Iyengar and Ashtanga Yoga. Annie is committed to mindfulness, which inevitably leads to spiritual development and light-heartedness. SmartFLOW Yoga guides you to know your true Self. With the knowledge of the true Self comes compassion, peace and appreciation for all life.

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Course
The Heart of SmartFLOW Yoga
Annie Carpenter

The Heart of SmartFLOW Yoga, a yoga methodology from master teacher Annie Carpenter, is a highly evolved teaching methodology that emphasizes mindful alignment grounded in both modern human anatomy and classical yoga philosophy. It's an embodied integration of the physical and the spiritual.

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Take a few moments to observe your breath, gently lengthening the inhales, exhales and pauses. Let it be easy; find just the right amount and allow that to be enough. Wherever you are at, it's enough. Props Suggested: A couple blankets or a cushion to sit on.
This expansive practice will open your shoulders and front body and encourage your core to support you in backbends. You'll begin with a delicious passive shoulder release using your blanket, to create a feeling of spaciousness you can carry with you as you flow. Move with graceful strength through a sequence including dwi pada viparita dandasana, urdhva dhanurasana, and bound extended side angle. You'll finish with supine twists and a relaxing guided savasana. Props Needed: A block and a blanket.
This practice moves fairly quickly to open up your shoulders and activate your upper back. A nice build combining postures for flexibility like quarter dog with strengthening poses like plank, virabhadrasana III with arm variations and block supported lunges. All of this before camel and dancer pose, which will feel more expansive and accessible. Your posture will feel more open all day long. Props Needed: A block.

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