Anne Baan Hofman
My name is Anne and I teach yoga, ELDOA and meditation, these are the means through which I creatively explore movement and stillness for you to take a healthy break from your busy day and feel more space in the body and mind.
I am a certified 500hr Yoga Teacher at Naada Yoga Montreal, as well as ELDOA level 1 & 2, I participated in various workshop such as: Uma Dinsmore Tuli’s Yoga for Women and Leslie Howard’s Pelvic Floor Yoga.
Accessible to both beginners and more experienced yogi, I approach yoga asana through the basics of breath, movement, and mindful practice, aiming to restore both the body and the mind. Classes are bracketed by relaxing warm-up and cool-down; conscious physical exertion stems from a place of calm, and a sense of safety in oneself and within the group; only then can the body energize and discover its inner strength.
Through verbal cues and gentle physical assists, I aim to acknowledge the potential of each individual body, encouraging playfulness, curiosity, and adaptability within poses to accommodate maximum comfort within the challenge of exercise.
ELDOA translates to the English acronym LOADS: Longitudinal Osteo Articular Decoaptation Stretches. It is a method of postural exercises, created by French osteopath Guy Voyer designed to create space in the spine, one vertebra at a time.
After a proper warm-up at the start of a one-hour class, about five ELDOA postural exercises are combined with yoga movements and breath awareness, these postures are held to place the fascia (connective tissue) in tension and target a space within specific a pair of joints to restore balance.
ELDOA’s can result in pain reduction, increased blood flow, improvement in joint mechanics, better muscle tone, improved posture, spinal disc rehydration, disc decompression and more.
Yoga’s aim is ‘to establish the mind in stillness, by stopping the movements and distractions of the mind’ as described in yoga sutra 1.2 by Patanjali: yogaś-chitta-vṛitti-nirodhaḥ
But as we have around 70.000 thoughts in a day, to just stop the mind from wandering, is somewhat of a high aim. However, the result of practicing meditation can bring you glimpses of yoga, and mindfulness can start to filter into your day-to-day.
A meditation practice has the potential to result in more patience, better sleep, improved communication skills, less stress, etc. You might also start to enjoy seemingly mundane moments, like waiting for a red traffic light or brushing your teeth, as they become opportunities to experience the here and now.
In Anne’s meditation sessions, we practice becoming aware of the movements of our minds through breath and body sensations; only with awareness can we start to notice what is happening in the present moment.
One-on-One sessions are a great way to explore movement or meditation in a personalized, guided and safe way.
Diving deeper to feed your curiosity, or taking a step back due to physical or emotional experiences; you decide the pace of the session. Anne offers private yoga, ELDOA and meditation sessions, all three practices can also be beautifully combined in one session.
Sessions can be held in the comfort of your home or in Anne’s studio in the Mile End.
If you are curious but have questions or aren’t sure this is for you, don’t hesitate to reach out.
November 2, 11am - 1pm
Yoga de L’éveil, 4847 Park Ave, Montreal
email to sign-up
sliding scale: $20/$30/$40
7:30-8:30am (starting Oct 30th)
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6:00pm - 7:15pm
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8:00 - 9:00pm
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The Wisdom of Patañjali's Yoga Sutras -Ravi Ravindra
Pelvic Liberation - Leslie Howard
Yoni Shakti - Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
The Breathing Book - Donna Farhi
Move Your DNA - Katy Bowman
Breath by Breath - Larry Rosenberg & David Guy
The Yoga of Breath - Richard Rosen
Anatomy of Hatha Yoga – David Coulter