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Annie Carpenter

Annie Carpenter

Known as a teachers teacher, Annie is the creator of SmartFLOW Yoga, an intelligent marriage of mindful movement with compassionate, wakeful alignment. Annie creates practices that are at once advanced and challenging, yet safe and playful. She has been practicing yoga since the 70s, performed and taught for the Martha Graham company in the 80's and continues to be a dedicated student (geek!) of anatomy, evolutionary movement, meditation and classical philosophy. She believes that Yoga has a multitude of expressions and can truly transform and heal each of us, teaching us to embrace passionately all that life presents.

Annie is the author of RelaxDEEPLY, a CD of restorative yoga, and Yoga for Total Back Care, a DVD produced by Yoga Journal and several SmartFLOW manuals. She contributes regularly to Yoga Journal and Origins magazines. An influential Teacher Trainer since 2003, Annie leads public classes, 200/300 Teacher Trainings and mentors young teachers at Exhale in Venice, at YogaTree in San Francisco, and internationally.

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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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This powerful class will challenge you to stabilize your core by working your lower belly against the movement of your legs. Dynamic work helps anchor your core in a sequence that includes standing postures, deep twists and balancing poses. Bring awareness to your belly in all the postures throughout your flow, to refine alignment and build more strength and stability. Props Needed: Two blocks and a strap.
Practice a powerful flow dotted with some longer holds. Move dynamically to create a bit of heat, then drop into some deep lunging poses to release those pesky hip flexors. Progressively move into deeper psoas release leading to eka pada rajakapotasana (one-legged king pigeon), one-legged bridge and urdhva dhanurasana (wheel). All the while you'll pay attention to your pelvic floor and sacrum to secure a healthy and long-lasting release. Props Needed: A block.
Practice directional breathing through all three dimensions to invite inner spaciousness, as well as ever subtler attention to your being. Move through each technique alone, then in a sequence. After establishing yourself in your own inner abode, release your breath and enjoy the ease and peace of meditation. Props Suggested: A blanket or a bolster.

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