Experience and Background
Yoga has been part of my life for 12 years now. I came to my first class at my university rec center from a place a curiosity. From there my practice has blossomed into a guiding force in my life. In 2014, I took my first training at the Sivananda Ashram. This Classical model of yoga grounded me into the depths of a spiritual and traditional Hatha yoga practice. I then spent two years in Guatemala diving into studies of yoga, breath work, meditation, and metaphysics. I gained new inspiration and passion for the energetic aspects of yoga. More recently, I arrived to Boulder Colorado where I took my second yoga teacher training, Nectar and Grit. This training has helped me weave together all of my previous experiences into what I have to offer now: a class with strong alignment and connection to breath. The power of these experiences have shown me the way in how to engage in life fully with the ups and downs while still remaining connected to my center.
I am a free spirit and traveler at heart. My path of yoga is Bhakti yoga, the yoga of love, devotion, and social service. It is my greatest intention to live from my heart center and to create a change in the world coming from a place of love and acceptance. I believe I will never stop growing, and I will never stop being inspired to learn more about yoga philosophy, alignment, and the myths and rich history that yoga holds.
What Might A Student Experience in Class with Annaleah Newman?
You can expect a Vinyasa style class with a strong focus on breath initiating and carrying you through your movements. In class, we will link movement and breath in flowing motion, and also settle into stillness. I often teach breath work such as breath with a counted rhythm, ujjayi breath, and nadi shodana. Class is typically leading toward a peak posture with strong alignment to safely guide you into the shape. Alignment also increases the powerful effects you can feel from your yoga practice during and afterwards. I often include relevant stories from my life, myth, poetry, or a dharma talk to deepen your connection to taking yoga off the mat after your practice. After class you will emerge feeling calm, blissful, rejuvenated, and more like yourself.