Annamma Johns

Born: Kerala, India

Guiltless Pleasures: Walks in nature with my husband and children, learning about: spirituality, yoga philosophy, meditation, the wonders of the infinite cosmos and the human potential for discoveries & inventions.

Why Yoga: Growing up in India in the yogic culture and practicing yoga ever since I can remember, I cannot not do yoga and talk about its benefits on our mind and body.

Certifications: Yoga & Meditation TT from Master Kamal Srinivas of Patanjali Yoga Institute, India, Core Power Yoga L1 200hr & Level2 TT 40hr, Duke University’s Certificate in Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program with Insight Meditation Community of Washington

Annamma Johns instructs the following:
  • Attitude of Gratitude
  • Gratitude is a practice. If we don't consciously practice it, we miss out on all the beauty that is before us. In this special Thanksgiving class, we'll practice gratitude using the tools of meditation, pranayama, visualization, chakras, and asana, to prepare ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally for the feast to come. This practice will be accessible to all practitioners. All you need if your breath, your body, and your heart.

  • Vigorous Vinyasa
  • Vigorous Vinyasa offers graceful, powerful sequences that encourage you to explore. This class is designed around Sun Salutations, and requires a keen sense of body awareness and enough familiarity with yoga to modify as needed. Vigorous Vinyasa is ideal for those interested in a strong, athletic practice, as well as for those ready to experience a challenging flow.

  • Basics
  • Basics is accessible and enlivening. You’re guided through foundational postures such as Mountain, Warrior, and Downward-Facing Dog, and practice breathing techniques aligned with movement. Expect clear instruction and a steady pace. This class is perfect for anyone starting out their yoga journey, as well as for those looking to revisit the fundamentals.

  • Yang/Yin
  • A Yang practice is active, mobile, warm, and fluid, while a Yin practice is still, stable, cool, and solid. This class begins with meditation, follows with a standing posture flow to create muscular circulation, and ends with seated static postures for connective tissue stimulation.

  • Storytime: The Bhagavad Gita
  • We are prisoners of the things we seek.

    We are bound by the things we love and hate.

    Until you cut off the bonds, you are chained to the world and its influences.

    - The Bhagavad Gita

    The Bhagavad Gita is a dialogue between Krishna and his closest devotee, the Yadava prince Arjuna, who played a crucial role in the war of the epic Mahabharata. The message of the Bhagavad Gita has not only profoundly influenced the Indian way of life for millennia, but also many of our great contemporary western minds. Ghandi, Dr. King, and Thoreau were all known to carry and reference the Gita often.

    The Bhagavad Gita reveals how anyone can perform ordinary duties in the world and yet remain free from the consequences of one’s actions. It is not by inaction, not even by doing only the so called good deeds, that one attains liberation, but by doing deeds without the sense of doer-ship. Such an approach not only liberates human beings from the struggling and striving that characterizes our ego driven actions, but also greatly reduces our anxieties and frustrations thereby creating in us the permanent basis for a stable, peaceful, and contented life.

    Wear comfortable clothing not only to sit, but also to participate in a gentle asana practice, while you listen to the story of The Bhagavad Gita.

    $55.00 (10% off for members)