Anna has been teaching yoga and practicing as a bodyworker and therapist since 1982 and currently lives and works in London, UK. She has done extensive training in western and oriental bodywork; osteopathy, massage, shiatsu and Chinese medicine and in many styles of yoga including Iyengar, Sivananda, Astanga Vinyasa, Scaravelli and Shadow Yoga. She also has a great deal of experience of a number of other yoga methods, as well as mindfulness, meditation, non-duality, clinical hypnosis and cognitive hypnotherapy.
“Having suffered several periods of almost suicidal depression and hopelessness from my early twenties, I am extremely grateful for the discovery of yoga. Also to have had the opportunity to meet and study with some of the great yoga teachers of the previous generation, such as BKS Iyengar, K Pattabi Jois and advaita masters; Jean Klein, J. Krishnamurthi and briefly Ramesh Balsekar. All have been instrumental in helping me learn to acknowledge and accept my own demons and even enable me to chuckle at them!”
Anna studied several forms of bodywork, including massage, polarity therapy, pulsing and reflexology, and most notably, shiatsu and osteopathy. She taught shiatsu, oriental medicine, anatomy, physiology and pathology for the European Shiatsu School for 12 years, while also training as an osteopath and practised osteopathy for 11 years.
“In the 1990s I was immobilised by a serious back injury. This led me to explore how to modify yoga techniques with my knowledge of osteopathy and shiatsu and devise a self-healing practice. It also became valuable learning to use with clients and eventually led me into yoga therapy.”
“After taking some short courses in self-hypnosis, I became fascinated with the mind, how we use [and misuse] it and the parallels between yoga psychology and hypnotherapy. I learned that in truth, the only thing that limits us is our own mind”
She completed a Clinical Hypnotherapy training in 2003, with the late Gill Boyne, followed by a Cognitive Hypnotherapy and NLP Diploma with the Quest Institute in 2009. She has since returned to Quest for their Master Practitioner training.
Over the years Anna’s work has gradually evolved into a style of yoga therapy / hypnotherapy which combines the various strands of her training and experience. She still continues to study and train in India, the USA and UK and has in recent years completed further training courses in Trauma Sensitive Yoga and Past Life Regression.
“I now view myself more as a guide, teaching client tools to help them find their own way to healing, ease, joy and meaning in life – which I find more successful and rewarding than trying to ‘fix’ people.”
She was one of the founders of the Yogacampus yoga therapy diploma course, served as a board member and clinic supervisor for 7 years and as a faculty member and case study supervisor for 12 years.
As part of her continuing studies, Anna more recently completed a Master Practitioner Certificate with Trevor Sylvester of the Quest Institute and a Past Life Regression training with Stephen Burgess of Lionheart Training.