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Originally educated, in the 1980's at the highly esteemed Sivananda yoga schools in Europe and India, Annemaree is both a teacher and perpetual student of yoga. She teaches classical Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Mindfulness practices and Meditation. Her work also leads her to exotic and beautiful locations. Her international tours and retreats allow like-minded individuals to connect and be nurtured in stunningly peaceful and beautiful environments.

'If I was asked what are the most important aspects of my teaching? I would say learning how to use the breath effectively; cultivating strength and resilience in the body and mind; fostering peace in the heart; and focusing on compassion - particularly self-compassion. To me, yoga is the path to profound happiness'.

Cool, Calm & Collected Annemaree Rowley

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0, 2 Ratings

Originally educated, in the 1980's at the highly esteemed Sivananda yoga schools in Europe and India, Annemaree is both a teacher and perpetual student of yoga. She teaches classical Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Mindfulness practices and Meditation. Her work also leads her to exotic and beautiful locations. Her international tours and retreats allow like-minded individuals to connect and be nurtured in stunningly peaceful and beautiful environments.

'If I was asked what are the most important aspects of my teaching? I would say learning how to use the breath effectively; cultivating strength and resilience in the body and mind; fostering peace in the heart; and focusing on compassion - particularly self-compassion. To me, yoga is the path to profound happiness'.

    Sunset

    Sunset

    Needing some deep, deep, rest? Do you worry and then reflect upon these worries just before you go to sleep? Do you then worry because you can't sleep? Vicious circle isn't it?
    If you are a 'worrier' you are at greater risk of not sleeping and not resting well. So it is important to focus on being more relaxed and drowsy before going to bed and whispering to yourself, everything will be OK and know that where your intention goes, energy flows.
    By the way, using alcohol for relaxation may lead to worse sleep. It is a popular myth that alcohol improves sleep. It may send you to sleep but then it will cause disruption during the night. Gentle relaxation techniques are a much better antidote.
    Some can function on little sleep and not be concerned about it knowing that this will not necessarily happen all the time. When we accept, and let go of what we believe 'should' happen, then more often than not, we relax a little more and are able to rest a little better. Again the energy will flow.
    Guided mindfulness and meditation practises can help considerably in giving the mind something to do other than worry about what has happened, what is happening and what 'could' happen.
    In the yoga tradition, lying down on your back with your arms nestled beside you, your palms open, your legs long and loose, your face soft and your breathing settling into a slow, calm rhythm is known as 'Savasana'. Translated from Sanskrit, it means the 'corpse' pose. Symbolically it simply implies letting go of behaviours, habits, beliefs, thoughts and worries that are no-longer useful to you. Letting them die away.
    Often the reason why we cannot settle, rest or sleep, is because we are constantly in our head, creating stories and a lot of nonsensical worries and plights, and our poor body suffers as it does not get the rest it needs.
    It's the worry that usurps you.... Not the lack of sleep. Less worrying......better sleep.


    Quote:
    A candy-coloured clown they call the sandman
    Tiptoes to my room every night
    Just to sprinkle star dust and to whisper
    Go to sleep, everything is all right!
    Roy Orbison

    • 10 min
    Peace

    Peace

    I do love the words by Jon Kabat Zin, one of the great exponents of mindfulness,
    Imagine:
    "That what you knew and what you didn't know,
    That what had been and what was yet to come,
    And the way things are right now
    No longer held even the slightest hint of anxiety or discord? "
    These words identify the feeling of being truly peaceful. However, despite such peaceful influences as waves rolling into shore; the sound of rain on a tin roof; or the sweet bird-song of spring; peace does not come from them, it is simply enhanced by them. Outward peace is simply useless without inward peace.
    Peace is something that you embody, patiently creating its place and space within you. When you are peaceful and emanate this peace to all around you, on a larger scale you are also contributing peace to the world. You are it - there is no other world.
    And remember people are attracted to those who are serene and quietly poised because they want some of what you exude!
    As James Allen wrote in his masterful work, "As a man Thinketh", in the early 1900's,
    "Calmness of the mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom and is the result of long and patient effort.
    The more serene you become clearly the more you will cease to fuss and fume and worry and grieve, and remain poised, steadfast and tranquil.

    Powerful words!

    And know that Peace conquers darkness. The darkness of anger, sadness, anxiety, depression, the sense of separation, and the feeling of isolation. It is the sunshine to the psyche and the panacea to the spirit.
    You must be peaceful in order to radiate it.
    Quote:

    Always find a little space in your day so that peace may surface to your conscious awareness and envelop you in its arms. Let the light in!

    Annemaree Rowley

    • 9 min
    Thank you

    Thank you

    We hurtle through life doing, planning, worrying, criticising, judging, and missing...... missing?, We often do not notice or relish in the beauty that abounds in our life, such as kind words from a friend, the hugs from our children, bird-song at sunrise, the breeze embalming our being, the light of the moon, the deep breaths we are able to take in, the tranquil moments of solitude.....
    Are you smiling now?
    Mostly we default to what didn't work, that one mistake we made today, being stuck in traffic, those unkind words we heard, spilling the milk, losing the keys, eating too little, not eating, eating too much, and then the day is gone and we relive it all over and over and over again. Are you frowning now?
    And when those images come to you - how do you feel?
    The people we love, coming home, the books we read, the music we hear, the delicacies we eat, all sustain us. Blessings from all directions.
    There is an expression that it is not happy people who are thankful but thankful people who are happy.
    Many monks and yogis begin the day with a chant of gratitude; indigenous peoples begin ceremonies with grateful prayers to the earth and to their ancestors. Many cultures say 'grace' before each meal.
    Some even meditate on suffering. Why? Because when you are truly grateful, your compassion grows and wisdom unfolds.
    Thankful people are mindful of the moments and they rejoice in the essence of life.
    All negative emotions can be crushed by the power of gratitude - no judgment, jealousy, envy, anger or sadness. As gratitude flows, joy grows.


    Quote:
    The elixir of gratitude stops us from craving, wanting, feeling lost, and lacking.....
    Abundance, joy and compassion ride upon its shoulders.
    I have enough. I am enough.

    Annemaree

    • 9 min
    Listen

    Listen

    If we cannot feel then we can barely hear. If we cannot hear then we cannot be present and it is when we are present and tapping into the senses that our thoughts begin to diminish and we feel calm and rested.
    We can then make clear and succinct decisions. Be disciplined in reaching our innermost desires and not be destined to fall back on unhelpful and detrimental habits. As the saying goes if nothing is going right, then turn left.
    It is our thoughts that can drive us to the brink and our body journeys along with it. Much pain in the body is caused from emotion rather than any physical illness or ailment. We manifest pain just as we manifest calm.
    When we manifest calm, we create. The more we create, the more we create. Whether it be a painting, a poem, a new look or a fresh recipe, we manifest what we need.
    In my yoga classes, I teach with little visual demonstration but with a great amount of auditory guidance. At first students look around and are nervous that they 'don't get it'. But within a short time, they learn to be patient with themselves. They learn to listen to my voice, their bodies, their hearts and minds. They learn to enter their inner stillness and realize very quickly the rewards of being 'silent'. They learn to hear again.
    According to Julian Treasure, author of 'Sound Business' we are meant to spend roughly 60% of our communication time listening but as he states we are not very good at it. 'Listening is our access to understanding, he says, conscious listening always creates understanding. But our world has become scary because no one is listening to one another'.
    And what is his first lesson to listen better? "Silence" he says, just a few minutes a day. How yogic!
    Quote:
    The word 'listen' contains the same letters as the word 'silent'.
    Alfred Brenden

    • 8 min
    Bodyscan

    Bodyscan

    Welcome to this Yoga Nidra practice. A deep, deep relaxation process where we scan the body for any glitches that inhibit us from relaxing beautifully and we calm the mind and spirit through the flow of the breath and the guidance of my voice.
    Annemaree x

    • 16 min
    Believe

    Believe

    Believing in yourself means to be fearless......fearless in your approach to everything you do. Believe in yourself to create the life you wish to have, the dreams you wish to manifest, to be the person you aspire to being and to journey through this world with a sense of wonder, adventure and joy.
    I once asked my yoga master 'how do you keep out of darkness and despair? She looked at me as though I was half-mad and said very slowly and plainly: In order to come out of the darkness, you have to step into the light.
    It's that simple and it's a choice you make!
    I realised long ago that every 'thought-seed' that we plant will one day bloom. Positive thoughts will bear positive fruit. Negative thoughts will bear negative fruit. It's the difference between the weed and the rose.
    This applies without doubt to how we mould ourselves - and mould ourselves we do. We can walk the highway as it broadens out to infinite distances and possibilities or we can remain huddled up into ourselves too frightened to walk out the front door.
    And so, what are some of the seeds, we need to plant? Let us reflect on these for a little while. After all - dreams cannot manifest without one taking action.
    Quote:
    "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."

    - Ralph Waldo Emerson

    • 8 min

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What a gift!

Annemaree has a wealth of knowledge and insight and here she shares her gifts freely with us. Such a blessing. Thank you for your wisdom. I see the world differently now. Hugs!

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