“Once I started, I just dove in head over heels,” Annamarie said. “I became a yoga teacher because I’d started taking yoga and just really enjoyed it. I love teaching it and sharing it. And teaching has also taught me a lot about my own practice.”
Currently, Annamarie is trained in process, Vinyasa and power yoga. In all the classes she teaches, she tries to focus on the mind-body connection. Her personal emphasis in class is on intention and stress relief, setting students up for a fulfilling and holistic practice.
Plus, Annamarie says, she tries to help her students apply the content of the class to other parts of their lives.
At Hagoyah, Annamarie teaches the basics class at noon.
“I really love the basics class because it’s a connected, feedback-oriented class,” she says. “It’s a class of instruction and a slower pace.”
Annamarie welcomes anyone to visit her class, from beginners to long-time students.
“I have a lot of people who come in and say, ‘It’s my first yoga class,’” she said, “and by the end of the class, it just clicks: this is why people love it.”
A typical day for Annamarie begins by waking up early and teaching a class, she said.
“That’s a great part of the day because it gets you focused and allows you to set your intention for the day,” she said.
The rest of the day is flexible – because she teaches yoga all over the Kansas City metro area, she gets to see different studios and different parts of the community. These days, she spends her time at Hagoyah, Unity Temple, the Waldo Library and Belle Yoga Studio in Westport.
Annamarie loves being a part of the Hagoyah team in part because of the atmosphere, she says. “I love the concept of Hagoyah in general – the hair, the yoga, the nutrition! And I love Angela and Holly too. It’s neat to know that this is their place and it’s great to see their dreams manifested.”