Ann Votaw is a Registered Yoga Teacher through the Yoga Alliance. She earned her 200-hours vinyasa training from Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in 2003. Other certifications include restorative yoga from YogaWorks, 50-hours pre-natal from Bread and Yoga, iRest meditation Level II, mat Pilates from Teri Steel, and all Pilates apparati from Pilates on Fifth. As a private and group exercise instructor through the American Council on Exercise, Ann taught seven years at Columbia University, frequently pulling from her yoga background to lead all age groups, including football staff. Currently a recreational therapist at an Innovative Senior Center, she expanded the mindfulness curriculum to include daily classes and joint friendly props. Meanwhile, she writes for YogaCity NYC, where she edits Soul Food and One Pose.
Her own practice has pulled from Dana Flynn, Jillian Pransky, and Richard Miller of iRest, and Cynthia Kling, who is her editor at YogaCity NYC. A mature athlete who competes in running events, Ann’s personal yoga style gears toward calming the nervous system, which takes a beating in the age of the smartphone. Having worked with non-English speaking clients and people with dementia, she has learned the beauty of a few simple poses repeated several times in harmony with breath and patience.