Ann has been a registered nurse for over 20 years and has specialized in Palliative care for the last 12 yrs. As her nursing career evolved Ann found her calling in helping patients and their families find solace as they coped with chronic or terminal illnesses. Palliative care is a holistic approach that works to relieve suffering in all areas of a patient’s life. A palliative care team uses a mutidisciplinary approach to address the physical, emotional, spiritual and social issues that arise with advanced illness.
As Ann’s focus evolved in nursing care, she discovered yoga and brought together the strong link between the care provided to a patient and the teachings provided as a yoga teacher. In 2010, she graduated from the 230-hour teacher training program at the Yoga Center of Minneapolis and has completed her Advanced 500-hour certification.
A few of the counting lessons yoga brings her:
- Reminding myself it’s not about me. It’s all about taking the I, the me, the my…the ego, out of the physical practice and as a teacher.
- Practicing asteya in my daily life. Practicing not stealing from what it is that I need to continue practice nursing, yoga, teaching. Remembering what is enough.
- Acceptance of the changes that are happening in my body, every time I come to my mat. The acceptance that our bodies are always changing, and how that impacts practicing yoga and finding a deeper study.
- As I’ve gone deeper into the study of yamas and niyamas, and meditation, etc, it has changed my social interactions, taught me to be ok being true to myself. I don’t have to try to mold into other’s needs if it means not standing in my truth.
One thing she wishes everyone knew about yoga:
Whatever is important to someone in their life, may it be breath work, meditation, asana, etc., the different practices in yoga are just tools. There isn’t only one path.
Her teaching philosophy:
It is not about me, it is about the students and their intentions for being there. So I focus on being present, building community and providing a space for all students to explore the practices.
What keeps her grounded:
Being a student. Every time I come to my mat as a student I feel very grateful. And of course my children, my grandchildren, my gardens, my pup.