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Welcome to Yoga with Anne

My name is Anne Vincent and I practise and teach yoga in Poole, Dorset. I have teaching qualifications from the British Wheel of Yoga (2001) and Integrative Yoga Therapy (2000). My own practice and understanding of yoga has been transformed since I began working with Diane Long in 2004.

More about Anne, her classes, workshops and studying one-to-one with Anne.

The Ethos of Yoga with Anne

The time we spend on the yoga mat is an opportunity to allow the natural intelligence of the body to show us better ways of moving and being. The understandings we gain from our practice remain with us when we roll up our mats and they infuse our everyday activities so improving their quality. We do this by:

  • letting go of ambition (to be proud of our postures is bad taste!)
  • stopping the pushing and pulling
  • releasing tension
  • putting aside ideas about what a pose is and how it 'should' be done
  • making friends with our bodies and treating them with respect
  • becoming aware of and understanding our habits and conditioning thereby releasing their hold on us

My approach to yoga is that pioneered by the late Vanda Scaravelli. Vanda Scaravelli, a lifelong friend of Krishnamurti, learnt yoga from B.K.S. Iyengar. She also had lessons with Desikachar. After studying with these luminaries her body became her teacher.

"You have to learn how to listen to your body, going with it and not against it, avoiding all effort or strain and centering your attention on that very delicate point, the back of the waist (where the spine moves in two opposite directions). You will be amazed to discover that, if you are kind to your body, it will respond in an incredible way." Vanda Scaravelli in "Awakening the Spine"

Vanda's book "Awakening the Spine" was published when she was in her eighties and it quickly became a classic. At the time her way of working with gravity and the breath seemed revolutionary but it was probably more akin to the way the early yogis learnt about the body and discovered the postures. Vanda Scaravelli's student of 23 years and my teacher, Diane Long, continues the work. Links to articles about Vanda Scaravelli, Diane Long and this way of working.

Studying Yoga with Anne

violets "A violet can never become a rose, but the violet in itself can be a perfect flower." Krishnamurti

Yoga will help you to discover the real you and to realise your potential. You don't need improving - you just need to let go of the less than useful ideas and habits that you've accumulated about who you are and how you should be.

Yoga will help you do that. It will bring about change but in its own way and in its own time. It is not possible, nor desireable, to predict the changes as each person's journey is unique. Typically you will experience improvement in your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well being but at times there may be some discomfort because change takes us outside of our comfort zone. You may find yourself challenged in unexpected ways while at other times you will find yourself suprised and delighted.

Yoga is not about control it is about freedom. The freedom to be ourselves, our real selves. We don't adapt the student to the yoga any more than we would cut the person to fit the coat. Yoga is not about imposing a system or idea upon ourselves but rather about revealing our own perfection. When we are focused on an end result we make compromises. These compromises take us away from wholeness and sooner or later lead to problems.

"Is it possible to have a different attitude in which a new intelligence, not imposed by authority, but born from interest, attention and sensitivity, will emerge and in which body and mind, fused in one single action, are collaborating together?" Vanda Scaravelli in "Awakening the Spine"

Yoga is a process of transformation bringing freedom to the body. The individual yoga techniques themselves are not important. What is important is what they teach us. Albert Einstein said that "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result." When we 'do' a technique it becomes an exercise that reinforces what we know. If we perform the technique with awareness then we may discover something which refines our understanding. Then the technique becomes a tool for transformation. To learn from the techniques we have to be attentive to how we are doing them and there is no end to the process. There is always something new to discover. We are constantly refining and clarifying our understanding through our practice. "to absorb the teaching requires infinite time and no ambition" Vanda Scaravelli. The teacher is our point of reference. By combining their powers of observation with the understanding they have gained through their own practice, the teacher makes suggestions to help us develop our own understanding.

Where there is a large teacher to student ratio the teacher is unable to give the necessary attention to each student. In order to effect real transformation we need to study one-to-one or in small groups with a teacher so that the teacher can give sufficient attention to each person to be able to observe how the individual is working. Only from such observation it is possible to make suggestions specifically for the individual to help them progress their understanding.

This is why I prefer to teach one-to-one and small groups. In such environments I can best help you and support you in your practice.

The following options are available to you to study Yoga with Anne:

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