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, began
teaching in 1987, and was the first teacher in Arkansas to receive her Iyengar certification (CIYT)
in 1991.  Anne regularly attends Iyengar workshops and conventions to maintain her
certification and keep current on Mr. Iyengar's teachings.  She is an Experienced
Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) through Yoga Alliance and recently became a certified yoga
therapist (C-IAYT) through the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
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."
Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT) - Intermediate Junior 2 (2019)
Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) 2017
Sharon began studying Iyengar yoga in 2002 at Cedar Rock Yoga in Conway, Arkansas with Anne Avant.  She currently has the highest level Iyengar certification in the state and has studied with Randy Just, Lou Hoyt, Peentz Dubble, Lois Steinberg and other senior Iyengar instructors.  Sharon is a devoted student and teacher and her sincere love of Iyengar yoga comes through in her teaching.
"Yoga offers so many tools to help us overcome the difficulties that arise in life. I am so grateful for my practice, teachers, students and the many positive changes in my life since the day I attended my first yoga class."
The Light that yoga sheds on Life is something special. It is transformative. It does not just change the way we see things; it transforms the person who sees. - B.K.S. Iyengar, "Light on Life"
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."