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Annie Carpenter

Annie Carpenter

The creator of SmartFLOW Yoga, Annie 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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Demystifying the Bandhas
Annie Carpenter

The bandhas are a powerful method of moving beyond the physical to the transformative practice that yoga can be. Unlock the mystery of these potent teachings by exploring the three main bandhas, or energy locks, practiced in yoga—Mula, Uddiyana and Jalandhara, as well as Maha Bandha, The Great Lock, which joins all three.

5 Chapters
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
Recent classes
Find freedom in your hips and fly! This fun flow will prepare you for arm balances that require a bit of space in the hips and hamstrings. After warming and opening your body, float into eka hasta bhujapidasana (one-legged insect) and bhujapidasana (shoulder-pressing pose), then peak at titthibhasana (firefly). While these challenging poses require focus, don't take yourself too seriously, this class was designed for play! Props Suggested: Two blocks.
Pranify your practice and your life! To optimize prana, the primary pranavayu, focus on the nourishing breath of viloma 1 and your asanas will feel full and supported. Flow into sun salutations, warrior postures, dolphin and forearm balancing. Use your breath to support your movements, allowing prana to give you the vitality you need to move through a dynamic backbend sequence. Conclude with a balancing pranayana practice and savasana, leaving you feeling revitalized and present. Props Needed: A blanket and a block.
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.

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