Anne Philipsborn


Anne began practicing Iyengar yoga many years ago as an antidote to her demanding career at Nike. She is drawn to how yoga helps her slow down and focus. 

Anne is a certified Iyengar Yoga instructor. She provides a safe environment for students to begin or continue their yoga journey. She wants students to explore, discover and experience the joys and benefits of yoga. Due to the circumstances of Covid 19, Anne is only teaching online at this tme.

In addition to her teaching, Anne continues to take classes in Portland with senior teachers, and teachers who come here to visit. When not immersed in yoga activities, Anne enjoys spending time in the Gorge with family and friends, hiking, gardening, cooking, and learning to play clawhammer banjo.

Current Virtual Class Schedule

Gentle Pace Yoga: Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Level 1: Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Class Description

Gentle Pace Yoga: This is for students who want a slower paced, less rigorous class. Focus is on increasing strength, mobility and flexibility while enhancing physical and mental vitality. Ideal for seniors and beginners.

Level 1: Emphasis is on learning the fundamentals of alignment and yoga terminology. We will practice and explore (primarily) standing poses that stretch and strengthen the body to achieve balance. This 90 minute class is perfect for beginners to yoga, for continuing students and for students new to the Iyengar method. 

You must be able to get up and down from the floor to attend either class.

Taking Classes Online

Release of Liability

All students are required to fill out a liability waiver in order to join my class. Before coming to class, please download and complete this liability waiver and email it to me at

About ZOOM

I teach my online classes via the Zoom application. Before class, go to and download and install the app on your device. For the best experience you will want to join from a device that has a video camera and microphone. This way, I can see and hear you.

If you would like me to see you and your practice, then keep your video camera on. If you would like to practice privately then you can turn your video camera off.

Live Online – How to get the most out of your online class

Take some time before your class starts to consider your space, props, and camera…. 
Time: Please be connected 5-10 minutes prior to the start of class time, to have a moment to work out any issues with video or sound.
Space: Make sure you have a space to put out your mat and can move around easily. If possible, try to set up near a wall. If a wall is not available, please set up near a countertop, bookcase, or your couch.
Props: Common props we use are a mat, a strap, blocks, blankets, and a chair. If you don’t have these ‘yoga’ props, there are lots of substitutes you can use. A strap can be a scarf, belt, or tie; blankets can be regular blankets, towels or cushions; a chair can be any sturdy chair from your home.
Camera: It really is nice if I can see you and interact with you, but I also understand that sometimes you don’t want to be on camera and that’s ok too. But if you are wiling to be on camera, take a couple minutes beforehand to test out the view.  You can turn on the camera on your device and see how you look in different positions. Play around with it and step back to see what you see… that’s what I will see.

Payment Information

  • Prior to Covid 19, my in person classes were $12 or 5 sessions for $54.
  • For online classes, please pay what you can. You can pay for a single class or a group of classes.
  • I can accept payment in the form of cash, checks or thru Venmo.
  • If you want to pay in cash or check, please contact me at
  • If you want to pay thru Venmo, my account is @Anne-Philipsborn.

Teaching Style: About Iyengar Yoga

Iyengar Yoga was developed by yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar during his more than 75 years of teaching, Iyengar Yoga is grounded in the ancient Indian tradition and philosophy of Hatha Yoga. The Iyengar method offers students of all ages and physical conditions and experience of yoga, which is safe, accessible and rewarding. The Iyengar method teaches a safe progression in the study of asanas (postures). The sequencing of the postures helps students to develop strength and flexibility, stamina, concentration, and correct body alignment. Problem solving is the basis of the Iyengar Yoga teaching methodology. What is required of students of Iyengar Yoga is a willingness to learn and to face challenges steadily, one step at a time.

Why Iyengar Yoga

Accessibility. Iyengar yoga has an entry point for nearly everyone regardless of age, gender, or state of health. The postures are modified with props as necessary to allow students to work at their appropriate level. A certified Iyengar teacher can guide all students to an experience of yoga, which is safe, accessible and progressive.
Longer holds of the postures. Longer holds allow the necessary time for a practitioner to take their awareness inward. With time and stillness, we are able to notice blocked, weak or rigid areas of the body. Longer holds allow for full circulation of vital energy (prana), blood and intelligence to the entire body.
Use of Props. BKS Iyengar developed the use of props such as blocks, straps, chairs, etc. to facilitate longer holds of postures and to adjust the body to accurate alignment. Proper alignment reduces extraneous effort and excess muscular tension, and prevents the development of hyper-flexibility which can be damaging to the joints.
Home practice. The Iyengar classroom is a learning environment that encourages students to take the new knowledge into their home practice. Without a personal practice, the study of yoga is incomplete. Iyengar students become self-sufficient, not teacher-dependent.

Contact Anne

Jun 2020

Gentle Yoga with Anne Online – 06/05/2020 at 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Level 1 Yoga with Anne online – 06/06/2020 at 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Gentle Yoga with Anne Online – 06/12/2020 at 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Level 1 Yoga with Anne online – 06/13/2020 at 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Gentle Yoga with Anne Online – 06/19/2020 at 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Level 1 Yoga with Anne online – 06/20/2020 at 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Gentle Yoga with Anne Online – 06/26/2020 at 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Level 1 Yoga with Anne online – 06/27/2020 at 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Jul 2020

Gentle Yoga with Anne Online – 07/03/2020 at 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Level 1 Yoga with Anne online – 07/04/2020 at 9:00 am - 10:30 am