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Tree or deer: which do you see?
Re-entering the World with Fresh Eyes

Sometimes things aren't exactly as they appear. We couldn’t wait for the pandemic to slow so we could return to life as we knew it, right? But now that the virus is (hopefully) receding, how do we re-enter our world? What do we add back into our schedule? Perhaps more importantly, what don’t we bring back? Can we make small talk after a year without any? Who do we want to be as we return to a more outwardly-oriented life?
The balance of the inner and outer worlds is a constant focus in our yogic journey. Yoga always and forever invites us to travel into ourselves and very specifically so with the breath. We draw the breath in and we notice ourselves in that moment; we follow the breath out as it leaves our bodies and the cycle continues.
As we re-enter our world, I for one am hoping to maintain some of my new habits. Long walks in the woods, regular restorative yoga practice, regular movement/asana sessions, meditation and lots and lots of writing. For those of us who have had the privilege of being able to stay home during the pandemic, the time has been an opportunity for exploration. While not always pleasant, hopefully this block of time has created a shift in our awareness so that we can see our world with fresh eyes.
As we take ourselves back out, let’s bring with us some of the clarity that we’ve garnered during this difficult time. Let’s look at what we see with more curiosity and neutrality. Because if we can let go of at least some of our assumptions, we might just find opportunities both individually and collectively that at first glance appeared impossible.
Bonus Tidbit: Join former monk Andy Puddicombe on his podcast  Radio Headspace, where current episodes feature ideas for navigating through post-pandemic daily life.

Anne is a Co-Author of the New Book Awakening the Divine Feminine, Launching June 8!

I am very excited to be one of 18 women authors in the new book Awakening the Divine Feminine: 18 Stories of Healing, Inspiration, and Empowerment, which makes its Amazon launch on June 8. My chapter is titled: “ How A Catholic Girl Went To India and Found the Other Half of Her Soul.”

You can register for the free book launch celebration. My interview for the launch will take place during the session on 6/8 at 8:00 pm. You can register at the link below if you’d like to hear me and two of the other authors discuss our chapters:

Thank you and a deep bow to all the pre-readers who previewed the chapter and gave me helpful feedback. A deep thanks also to best-selling author and yoga teacher Laura Cornell who compiled the book. Laura created a women’s writing and yoga circle which I participated in during the last year and has been a valuable coach for my writing.  If you look at events below in this email, you’ll see I’m beginning a movement, meditation and writing circle for all interested parties!  First session is 7/15 from 8:00 – 9:15 pm.


Interviews with Anne
In case you missed it, Anne was recently interviewed by two local teachers!
FOLLOWING with Tracy Rhinehart presented "Beyond the Asana," a conversation with Anne, available here.
Anne was also interviewed by one of her Restorative Yoga students, Laura Bender, on an episode of Laura's podcast,  Heartfelt Consciousness. They discuss all those moments when we think we have figured out self-care, when we really have a lot more to learn! Laura and Anne hope you enjoy the episode, available here.
Both are also available on the main page of Thanks for listening!

Summer Classes with Anne


Mondays: Functional Movement & Energetic Centering, Online 9:30 11:00am

Tuesdays: Therapeutic Functional Movement & Centering for Women, Online 9:00 10:45am


Fridays: Chair Yoga, 10:30am 12:00pm Online with In-Person Option July & August at the Geauga County Senior Center Pavilion


If youre interested in the in-person class, call the Senior Center at 440-279-2130 to register. Class size is limited due to Covid protocols and students must register for one month at a time only. Please continue to pay Anne directly.

Summer Workshops with Anne


Free Online Restorative Yoga Workshops


6/30 2:00 3:30pm

7/21 7:30 9:00pm

8/18 2:00 3:30pm

Join Anne for 90-minutes of deep relaxation. Pictures of poses are shown as well and are also demonstrated by Anne. Props youll need include: a folding chair, five blankets, two blocks, a strap, a washcloth to cover your eyes and yoga bolsters or two firm pillows from your bed or couch. Learn how to prop yourself and let your nervous system have a mini-vacation!

The Neck, Jaw, Face & Tongue: Supporting the Spine from Above

Three CE credits available through Yoga Alliance for Yoga Instructors


6/6 9:30am 12:30pm Online through Yoga 108, Akron


Free to Yoga 108 Tribe Members; $45 for non-members.  


To register, visit

We often lock down our neck and jaw to complete a challenging asana. This jerry rigging causes the integrity of our movements to become imbalanced, opening the door for injuries. Come explore the area of your fifth and sixth chakras and see how you can best support your spine from above with ease and awareness.


*NEW* Move, Sit, Write, Read: An Online Embodied Writing Workshop


7/15 8:00 9:15 pm

Have you wanted to try your hand at writing but is your inner critic holding you back? Join Anne for a 75-minute workshop where we will connect embodied practice with writing.  We’ll start with gentle movement followed by a short meditation; then we’ll write for 15 minutes in response to a prompt, and, if you choose, read what we’ve written. Email Anne for information or to register. Cost is $15.

Online or In-Person Sessions with Anne


Postural Assessments & Integration, Reiki, Stretching and Balancing


Anne is seeing fully vaccinated clients in person on a limited basis as well as online appointments. Email Anne for information.

What Im Reading


Breath: The New Science of A Lost Art by James Nestor


Do not miss this book! Thank you to Dan Garey who loaned it to me. It explains how our understanding of and attention to the breath is critical to every aspect of our wellbeing.  

The Widows of Malabar Hill (#1) and The Satapur Moonstone (#2) by Sujata Massey


A wonderful new mystery series that takes place in India in the early 20th century with fearless female protagonist Perveen Mistry, the only female lawyer in Bombay.

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

The protagonist ends up in an imaginary library with books filled with an endless array of different possible narratives for her life. By the author of Reasons to Stay Alive and Notes on a Nervous Planet.
Hope lets us literally see the presence and action of the holy in our everyday lives. This is not an imaginary desire viewed through rose-colored glasses. It is the solid evidence of the power of love made visible in abundance.
Sometimes, in this troubled world of ours, we forget that love is all around us. We imagine the worst of other people and withdraw into our own shells. But try this simple test: Stand still in any crowded place and watch the people around you. Within a very short time, you will begin to see love, and you will see it over and over and over. A young mother talking to her child, a couple laughing together as they walk by, an older man holding the door for a stranger—small signs of love are everywhere. The more you look, the more you will see. Love is literally everywhere. We are surrounded by love.
~ Steven Charleston, Ladder to the Light: An Indigenous Elder's Meditations on Hope & Courage
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