Ann Mathie - 500 hour (PP)

Within me there is an endless passion to understand the nature of consciousness and how to
experience it in its purest form. I first became intrigued about such things at the age of seven while
listening to anecdotal experiences of inner worlds and heightened states of consciousness through
meditation.
 
At the age of eighteen I started to practice Hatha Yoga which gave me stability and focus during a
difficult time. At the age of twenty I started to explore yogic techniques more seriously which
kindled my devotion to liberation with more intensity. That intensity has not stopped. Until now I
have explored the meditation techniques and philosophies of Vajrayana Buddhism, Tantra and
Vipassana.
 
Like a scientist and an explorer I use traditional yogic and tantric texts as guidelines, as well as
teachers I trust, to light my way as I experiment with different yogic practices. The aim of my
practice and teaching is to help people find ways to undo the knots within their muscles and their
minds, at the same time cultivate the mental strength, stability and one pointed focus to overcome
any hindrances life throws at us. The hindrances that prevent the present moment from being an
intrinsic part of our everyday existence. Of course the by-products of practicing with this intention
are health, strength, fitness, flexibility and more choice in the way we react.
 
In my classes we will explore the physical postures finding a balance between correct alignment and
a means to move with our own intuitive physical intelligence. There will be plenty of meditative
instruction to allow the integrity and essence of each asana space to express itself. These classes are
designed to help the practitioner empower and develop their own practice and hopefully fuel their
own passion for freedom.

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Quotes

on asteya (one of the five yamas)…
‘Any selfish act is acting without asteya, it is taking somehow, maybe taking someone else’s choice or freedom or opinion. It is about being aware not just of myself but of others, how do I interact with others (for instance not jumping in during a conversation, which I do too often).
There is an enormous aspect of letting go, especially for me, letting go of a need to control. It is basically trust.’

— Khadine Morcom