Ann Votaw [VO-taw] is a born-and bred-Hoosier who moved from Chicago to New York in 2003. Ann lives in Manhattan where she is a freelance blogger and editor whose work most frequently appears in YogaCity NYC. Other publications include Salon, The New York Observer, New York Post, Dame Magazine, The New York Daily News, XO Jane, The Episcopalian New Yorker, The New York Post, and The Brooklyn Rail. A Certified Health Education Specialist, she is a full-time recreational therapist. Specialties include Vinyasa Yoga, Restorative, and Personal Training for older adults. Ann also teaches iRest meditation to athletes and people overwhelmed by their digital technologies.

Movement Arts: In 2006, she was semi-knockdown karate champion in Montreal and New Jersey. In 2012, Ann began running in local races. She ran her first New York City Marathon in November 2014.

Dance: Performance highlights include nightly shows on the M.S. Scotia Prince, Hunyak in Chicago, and Texas in Cabaret. Off-Broadway credits include Out of Water at the Duke Theatre. Television appearances include the Food Network’s Ham on the Street: she and fellow dancers made canned food and “can-canned” with Chef George Duran. In 2009, Ann lived a dream by kicking high with current and former Rockettes in a Hewlett Packard industrial in Times Square.

Education: Ann has a M.A. in Health Education and Promotion from Lehman College. Her B.S. is in News Journalism with minors in Dance and Political Science from Ball State University, but her most valuable education came from New York City.