Anne Avant began attending Iyengar hatha yoga classes while living in the San Francisco area in 1978 where
she studied with many senior teachers.  She continued her studies after returning to Little Rock in 1984,
attending numerous workshops around the country and in Ireland, and began teaching in 1987.
She was the first teacher in Arkansas to receive her Iyengar certification (CIYT) in 1991 and is also an
Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) through Yoga Alliance.
She has maintained her certification with continuing studies in workshops, conventions and online classes.
Anne received her "Yoga for Scoliosis" certification June 15, 2018 from Elise Browning Miller, a senior Iyengar certified teacher from California. The training provided detailed knowledge on working with different types of scoliosis to help stretch and strengthen chronic tight and weak areas due to the abnormal curvature of the spine. As there are different types of curvatures, different variations of the asanas have proven to be more effective in specific cases. It is beneficial to work privately at least initially to establish a base routine and possible alternative positions if in a class setting.
For more information on the program and a list of certified teachers world-wide, see Elise's website at www.yogaforscoliosis.com.
| An important part of the Iyengar training Anne has received over the past 30+
years is detailed knowledge of proper alignment of the body in the asanas.
"Good alignment of the bones and muscles is essential for the therapeutic benefits of each asana to be obtained.   Then the nervous system, circulatory system, glands, and organs can optimally function.   Many times, muscular aches and discomforts are remedied through the asanas and strength is gained in weaker areas.  The body is brought back into balance with more stability and a calmer nervous system.  A calmer nervous system enhances the immune system."
Anne and her husband, Hans van der Werff, designed and built Cedar Rock Yoga Studio in 1998.   "We bought the adjoining five acres to our house a few years ago.  It took many months to clean up.  Hans suggested we build a yoga studio there.  Knowing absolutely nothing about such a project was a bit frightening, but we eventually designed a plan and began the work.  If it were not for Hans, the studio would not exist.   Using a plan we drew on graph paper, he measured for the foundation, figured out how much of everything to order, framed the studio, built the decks and completed the woodwork inside.   Thank goodness he is good at math and very precise!  We started in July of 1998 and had an open house in January 1999.  We still had a lot of work to do, but classes began the following week.  It was one of the most joyful times of my life to begin teaching in a space we had created."