Learn & Love Your Body
Discover how to listen to your body and get the best from every pose in yoga
Join us for a one off class
How do you feel about your body?
What do say about your body? Do you find yourself saying you have a 'bad' knee, or thinking to yourself that your body is 'broken'?
Do you moan at your body for not being able to do all the things you want to be able to to? For not being able to do what others can do?
Do you find yourself unknowingly doing things that are damaging to your body eg. slouching at a computer, hunching your shoulders, clenching your jaw?
Do you push your body as hard as you can in every activity, no matter how much it aches or hurts?
It's vitally important for our wellbeing to have a healthy connection between our mind and body. But many of us (including me!) give our bodies such a hard time, or simply ignore our bodies and pretend they're not there! This makes us more vulnerable to injuries and illnesses, and can lead to a downward spiral of negativity between mind and body.
Yoga is a valuable tool to help create a kinder, deeper and more loving relationship with our body and I'd love to share it with you. I want to show you that it's not about making the perfect shapes, it's about learning to listen to, care for and love your body exactly the way it is in each and every moment of your practice.
By bringing more awareness to your body this term, you will have an early warning system for any physical and emotional challenges showing up in your life, and can use your body in yoga to help you work through these difficulties with more ease.
And as you learn to love your body, you may start to love yourself a little more too!
Understand & nurture your body
Learn the basic foundations of a physical yoga practice (Asana) so you can get the most benefit from each position
Learn the guiding principles of the main types of yoga poses, and how these can be used to adapt each position to suit you
Develop a greater understanding of your own body and it's wonderful uniqueness, so you can choose options that nourish and support your body
Discover a more loving relationship with your body as you learn all the amazing things you CAN do in yoga
Create a stronger mind-body connection, learning to listen to your body and use the messages it sends you to guide your practice and your everyday life
Discover how creating space, ease, comfort and freedom in your body, can help you find space, ease, comfort and freedom in your life
Share this journey with a friendly community who face similar challenges
Receive personal support in a small group where you can ask me questions and discuss any challenges
What will you learn?
In this five week journey I'll introduce you to a different set of guiding principles for physical yoga (asana) each week:
Week 1: Foundations
Where should we put our hands & feet, arms & legs, knees & hips in yoga and why does it matter?
Week 2: Forward folds
What's the difference between lengthening and curving our spine? What is the 'edge' in yoga?
Week 3: Backbends
How can we create space and ease in our backbends?
Week 4: The midline
How can we find more strength and stability using our imagination?
Week 5: Root to rise
How can we create lightness and ease in our movements?
Each week we will also explore breathing exercises, visualisations and meditations to bring greater awareness of your body and build your mind-body connection.
Can't wait to get started?
I'd love to join you BUT...
"I don't have time and can't make it to your classes"
You know you’re more productive when you're happy and relaxed. You know you’re better at looking after others when you look after yourself first. But work or family commitments still stop you from giving yourself an hour of ‘me time’.
What would you say to a friend who told you they couldn’t afford to spend one hour a week taking care of their mind and body? You’d probably tell them that they deserve it and to ‘make the time’!
Is there anything you could do differently to create this essential space for yourself?
If you feel you don’t have time for yoga, this is when you need it most!
"I can't afford it"
I’ve lost count of the times I gave someone a free class, and they didn’t show up. Or I sent them a free class recording, and they never watched it.
I now know that one of the most important things I can do is to ask you to pay for a term of classes. Because when you pay for it, you commit to actually doing it! No excuses. Unless there’s a really good reason you’ll be there every single week taking care of your mind and body. And I know my students find yoga so much easier and more satisfying when they come to a weekly class.
If you find it hard to justify spending this money on yourself, think of it as an investment in your wellbeing. There aren’t many things you can buy for £11 a week, that make you feel amazing for a whole hour AND give you a boost for the rest of the week! And I guarantee that the people around you will notice and feel the benefits as well!
You really are worth every penny.
"I can't do yoga"
Is there a little voice in your head still telling you that you can’t do yoga? That you’re not fit enough, flexible enough, good enough?
My classes are designed for people just like you, and are full of students just like you. Beginners. People with injuries and movement challenges. Inflexible bodies. (Check out what they say about my classes below)
We go slowly so no one is left behind, and I give lots of options so you can choose the ones that work best for you.
Please don’t wait until you feel ready as that day might never come.
Come along and I’ll show you that you can do yoga!
How have my classes helped my students?
I absolutely love Anna Banana Yoga!
Being new to yoga, Anna explains every position so well that you don’t need to watch her and I could feel the benefits after the first session. Her gentle approach is really encouraging and after just a couple of sessions I booked up for the term!
I feel so much more flexible and supple.
I'd just like to say how much Anna has helped me. All movements are explained with various alternatives so that they are achievable without straining any injury or discomfort, making you feel confident in the poses.
Her gentle tone and encouraging way have helped enormously in building confidence in my yoga. She's helped me get back on form after my back injury.
I can't recommend Yoga with Anna enough.
I've been to multiple classes where I felt inadequate, embarrassed and self-conscious especially with the injuries I had.
Anna made me feel relaxed and comfortable immediately and I love that she gives me alternatives for poses without putting me on the spot.
How much for a happy body?
Here's what you'll get when you join Learn & Love Your Body today:
5 x 1 hour yoga classes to learn the guiding principles of physical yoga and develop your mind-body connection
Option to join an alternative class if you can't make a class (where space is available)
A choice of venues in Highfield Park:
One YMCA St Albans - modern, spacious, well ventilated venue with acres of space to spread yourselves out
Highfield Visitor Centre - modern, cosy, well ventilated venue with underfloor heating
Personal support, guidance and encouragement from me
A friendly community of yoga students
Book today and you get all this for just £60.
My students experience much greater changes to their mind and body, and find their yoga practice more satisfying, when they commit to a regular practice and complete the full term theme.
That's why I encourage you to book the 5 week term by offering you a saving of £12.50!
A one off class costs £14.50, but if you book for the full journey today it's only £12 per class.
Ready to join us?
It's decision time!
"Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live."
— Jim Rohn
So what's it to be?
Are you going to keep giving your body a hard time, pretending it's not there, and suffering with the aches, pains, injuries and illnesses that keep showing up?
Or are you ready to create a kinder, deeper, more loving relationship with your body and yourself?
We start Learn & Love Your Body on:
Monday 10 January
Wednesday 12 January (FULLY BOOKED)
Saturday 15 January
There's limited spaces in each class, most classes were fully booked last term and I'm expecting classes to be popular this term as people set their New Year's Yoga Resolutions!
So if you want to be part of this journey, save your space today.