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Annie Carpenter

Annie Carpenter

Hatha Vinyasa Flow

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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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.

10 Chapters
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Set the tone for the New Year with the power of kindness. This well-rounded sequence will challenge you to practice with a little less effort and a bit more self-awareness. In exchange, you'll focus on practicing with greater sensitivity, cultivating an ongoing presence of inquiry rather than an emphasis on outcome. Move toward strong postures like standing splits, ardha chandra chapasana and eka pada rajakapotasana - just add kindness to the mix. Props Needed: A block.
Practice Focus: Seasonal
2-3 60 Annie Carpenter
For those days when you feel a bit foggy, this class can help you focus and energize. Harness your drishti, your gazing point, to develop dharana, single-pointed focus, and bring yourself into the present moment. Practice a grounding and focusing sequence that includes virasana, lunges and dolphin. Move into garudasana, to develop your eagle-eyed focus, then into headstand. Open and work your shoulder girdle, get upside down and get on with your day. Props Needed: A block and a blanket.
Practice Focus: Morning
2 30 Annie Carpenter
Increase awareness and strength in your upper back, connecting your shoulders and arms to your deep core muscles, with this strong heart-opening practice designed to create beautiful posture. Practice a well-rounded flow that includes sun salutations, standing poses, twists and backbends, learning four dynamic variations for salabasana. These stabilizing and powerful backbends can help you discern how to open your upper chest without creating compression in your lower back. Props Needed: A blanket and a block.
Practice Focus: Back & Upper Back
1-2 45 Annie Carpenter

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