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 Level 1 certified Iyengar Yoga instructor. She received her training from certified Iyengar Yoga Instructors Nina Pileggi, Julie Lawrence and Tonya Garreaud. Her practice and teaching are influenced both by the Iyengar tradition, and by the Inner Body Yoga teachings of Portland teacher, Todd Jackson.
She provides a safe environment for students to begin or continue their yoga journey. Her teaching is clear, precise and caring. She uses humor that comes from her own experience and path. She encourages students to aspire, explore, discover and experience the joys and benefits of yoga.
In addition to her teaching, Anne continues to take classes with a variety of teachers. When not immersed in yoga activities, Anne enjoys hiking, gardening, cooking, studying Pilates, spending time in the Gorge with family and friends, exploring cultures and crafts from around the world, 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.
Gentle Pace Yoga: This 60-minute class 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, beginners or those with physical limitations.
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.
I am available for private sesssions also. To get started, please use the contact form below.
New Students / Prerequisite
For students who are new to my online classes, I’d like to spend some time with you one-on-one before having you join a group class. This allows you to have an introduction to my style, and see how I use props in my classes. It also allows me to hear about any health concerns you have, see how your body moves, and work out the kinks of your virtual set up. Our time together should enable you to transition comfortably into a group class. My recommendation is that 1-2 sessions should work for most folks. In our intial meeting, we can determine this together. We may be able to waive this prerequisite for students with moderate yoga experience. I charge a sliding scale of $25-$50 per hour session. Please pay what you can. I do not want this to be a barrier to entry. Contact info and payment details are below.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
I teach my online classes via the Zoom application. Before class, go to zoom.us 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.
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.
- All classes will be on a sliding scale. Suggested payment amounts are as follows:
- $4 – $12 for the Thursday Gentle Yoga class
- $5 – $16 for the Saturday Level 1 Yoga class
- I want yoga to be accessible. Please pay what you can.
- You can pay for a single class or a group of classes. Please clearly communicate how many classes you’re paying for when you send your payment.
- I can accept payment in the form of cash, checks or thru Venmo or Zelle.
- If you want to pay in cash or check, please contact me at email@example.com. You can also use this email address to pay via Zelle.
- 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.