One Yoga Pilates Studio
Hi and welcome to One Yoga Pilates.
My name is Ann Michelle and I manage and direct One Yoga Pilates.
Yoga has been a part of my life for 28 years and Pilates over the last 10 years.
I love to move and feel mobile and strong in my body. Both forms of practice give me this and keep me centered, healthy and flowing through life.
The Studio has grown out of my love of practicing and teaching these modalities. It is a beautiful thing to watch peoples bodies unfold and become stronger; to see the shift in consciousness as a person becomes more connected and centred in themselves; to see the shift from pain and disconnection to strong and open.
How It All Began
My journey began with a mix of Hatha and Iyengar yoga in Australia 30 years ago. I have to say it was a rather painful journey as I unbundled all the tightness I had accrued over the years from running, sport and emotional storing. Ouch!!! But, it was so worth it.
I then went on to Britain and Europe and spent some time at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in London. When I arrived back in NZ I met Astanga Yoga with John Scott and then Peter Sanson. During my years of practice in Astanga I spent three wonderful months in Mysore, India practicing yoga with Patthabi Jois at the Shala. My body became so clean and fluid; it was a transforming time. John encouraged me to teach and so began my teaching of yoga. I loved it.
While I have always practiced yoga I was also interested in developing and understanding more about core strength. Especially after the birth of my children. I was then trained by Body Fusion Pilates and taught there for 9 years.
Now And The Future
I have more recently trained in Yin and Vinyasa Yoga, studied Anatomy and Physiology, was previously a Pharmacist in a distant past life!, and continue to study the body, mind, fascia and all systems that create this physical manifestation of a Human Being. I also love to dance and am presently learning Cuban Salsa.
I like to bring depth and awareness to my teaching. It’s not just about Yoga poses or Pilates exercises. It’s about getting to know your body in the most intimate way and being deeply connected with it. Enjoying it! Using breath and awareness through the platforms of Yoga and Pilates to open and release. We hold so much stuff in the layers of our bodies and our bodies appreciate being unburdened!!
I find Pilates and Yoga a beautiful balance and each modality brings something different for the body to integrate.
My intention is to bring this awareness to students. To make these forms of movement and exercise integrated into life and accessible to everyone. You don’t have to spend an hour in practice every day but your body does enjoy some time in stretch or strength or flow and especially connected consciously with breath. To breathe consciously and fluidly is a gift to all the body’s systems.
See you in class.
|Trikonasasna||Cat-tail stretch – Yin Yoga|