Anne Pitman is well known for her innovative and mindful approach to movement and yoga. Acknowledging the body as teacher, she has created many unique programs over the past 30 years including Shanti Yoga, Empower Dance, Open (body) Space, Moondance, Cycle Yoga, Embodied Yoga and Intuitive Dance and Yoga.
What She's Learned
Decades of academic work and teaching, vast experience in alternative movement and yoga, and personal inquiry has all coalesced to this:
The body knows. Come home. Go in. Begin the conversation. Inquire and Explore. Play gently with habitual patterns. Be present. Rather than following others or imposing a technique upon the body, practice from the inherent wisdom of the body. Learn to listen and follow. With kindness. Authentic yoga, both breath and movement encourages gentle release, circulation, integration, connection, and is both freeing and healing. Embodied Yoga.
Anne (M. Sc. E-YRT) has a Masters in Kinesiology, has taught organic movement and embodied yoga for over 30 years. Always interested in bringing more freedom to the body, Anne was drawn to the work of Vanda Scaravelli (“Awakening The Spine”), and completed 500 hr Teacher Training in this approach with Irene Beer. The inspiration of Vanda’s work was a turning point – she taught “Infinite time and no ambition”, moving through yoga without the strain and effort. Curious by nature, Anne has studied many somatic movement approaches; most notably Feldenkrais, Continuum, Trager, Sacred Circle Dancing, Authentic Movement, Sensory Awareness, Body-Mind Centering, Chi Running, and many forms of yoga (Scaravelli, Iyengar,Kripalu, Svaroopa, Anusara).
Anne is a teacher of teachers, and has designed studies for certified Yoga Teacher Training from a Scaravelli and somatic, or body-centered listening approach at Empower Me Yoga Studio and Santosha Yoga Studio. Her special interest is in helping others to create an individualized gentle yoga practice in response to injuries, trauma, disease and life altering events.
She is the proud co-director of the Ottawa School of Embodied Yoga Therapy, a graduate school for yoga teachers, entailing 800 hours of somatic yoga training.
Anne has extensive experience in accompanying people who are facing cancer, both as a Yoga Teacher, a Yoga Therapist and a Care Coordinator at the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre. Her practice of Yoga Therapy is broad, accompanying those with cancer through the inevitable human responses of anxiety, fear and grief; developing individualized breath and movement practices that can sustain those facing cancer through treatment and beyond.
As part of celebrating life and its many passages, Anne is a celebrant, both of the Seasons of the Year (Equinox, Solstice, Beltane etc) Yoga and Dance events and Seasons of Life (blessing way, wedding, coming of age and dying,) rituals.
Recently, Anne released a popular 4 CD compilation entitled “7 Short Practices; A Gentle Companion for Yoga Home Practice” and a meditation CD, “Into the Body”, a fundraiser for the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre. She is a graduate and ongoing scholar at the Orphan Wisdom School with Stephen Jenkinson, where she becomes completely undone, and determines, again and again, to compassionately support both living deeply and dying well.
Disclaimer: The yoga therapy components of my practice are based on my yoga therapy education and experience, and are not derived from my status as an E-YRT with Yoga Alliance Registry