Annie Hoffman Yoga
About Annie


      "Correct first from the root."  BKS Iyengar


Annie Hoffman has been practicing and teaching yoga in the Iyengar tradition for over twenty-six years.  After completing her teacher training at Kripalu in 1988, Annie continued her studies with Patricia Walden for the next twenty years.  She obtained certification in the Iyengar method in 1994 and studied with the Iyengars in India in 1995.  As a faculty member at the Boston Iyengar Center from 1990-2004, Annie assisted Patricia Walden and participated in multiple workshops with visiting teachers.   She studied anatomy with Body Mind Centering practitioners.  Annie teaches classes in Arlington, Cambridge, and Brookline.


     "The physical body is not only the temple for our soul but the means by which we embark on the inward journey to the soul."  BKS Iyengar


In 2007, during the transition of menopause, Annie experienced osteoarthritis in her hips.  She responded  by deepening and expanding her appreciation of the structural and energetic elements of the body and by widening her repertoire of movement and healing modalities.  Having recovered from double hip replacement surgery in 2009, Annie turned to more subtle forms of inquiry such as Feldenkrais, herbal medicine, physical therapy, poetry, and the yoga sutras.  She now freely integrates the wisdom of these modalities into her yoga practice and teaching to create a more fluid medium for the integration of body, mind, soul, and spirit.


    "Spirituality is not some external goal that one must seek but a part of the divine core of each of us, which we must reveal." BKS Iyengar


As an experienced teacher, Annie brings a heartfelt sense of creativity, safety and challenge to her classes. She uses pair sharing and group ritual to help her students reveal and express their unique inner gifts.   She encourages participants to realize their own potential through patient, steady attunement to the nature of the body's elements.  This is not a gym class.  Attending one of Annie's classes is an experience for the soul.  The class becomes a vessel for honoring the sacred space within.  What is human embodiment? How can we develop strength and discipline in our practice and in our lives with wisdom, compassion, and joy?


      "So much is unfolding that must complete its gesture.
 So much is in the bud." 
Denise Levertov


"I want my students to experience a state of absorption, a state of relaxation, and a state of openness to the continual transformation happening to us…an openness to life."  Annie Hoffman


BKS Iyengar quotations from Light on Life (Rodale Press, 2005).