About Anita Blackwell
After 15 years working as a nurse practitioner in Florida, I was diagnosed with a rare cancer. My life was changed forever, and yoga would become my “go to” in life — a path out of suffering. I quit medicine and started my healing touch and art career.
I moved to Spruce Pine, NC in 2008 to retire and be near Penland School of Crafts and to continue my exploration of clay and art. Excited to find a wonderful afternoon yoga class at our local bookstore, I began to attend class and substitute teach on occasion. That was the beginning of my passion to teach yoga and open a studio. In 2008, I completed a Yoga Alliance approved teacher training in Subtle Yoga with Kristine Kaoverii Weber, in Asheville, NC, and I am a Registered Yoga Teacher.
Yoga is a cherished and valuable tradition. Sharing this knowledge and my own wisdom gathered from previous careers in medicine and healing, brings great variety to my classes. I love to watch the physical transformation of students as they progress in their practice. Age or ability is no barrier to yoga. My youngest students have been 4 years old and my oldest is 82 years young.
About Anita’s Yoga Classes
I have been practicing yoga for over 20 years and have been teaching yoga for 9 years. I originally started the practice for the physical benefits and stress reduction. The longer I studied with different teachers, the deeper I began to go into my own relationship with the body, mind and spirit, allowing a shift in how I viewed myself and my place in today’s world.
People ask what type of yoga I practice and teach… Classes are 90 minutes, starting with an opening quiet time for centering and going inward. A gentle warm-up follows, preparing our muscles and joints for yoga. Asanas are slow flowing movements with attention to alignment and focused breath. Teacher inspired practice lasts for 30-40 minutes with new poses being introduced. There is a cool down and final relaxation in savasana or meditation closure.
The following is how I view the benefits of yoga and my intention for my classes. I wish to help you:
- Develop a new relationship with your body through subtle, gentle, breath-centric movements or yoga postures (asanas) and flow.
- Strengthen your body from the inside out, with slow mindful stretching, flexing and building inner core strength
- Improve your core balance by bringing awareness to physical stability, alignment, strength, and even weight distribution.
- Use asanas to unwind painful patterns in your body.
- Explore practices for stress reduction such as: meditation, chanting, mantras, breath awareness, pranayama, yoga nidra and guided imagery.
- Learn to feel and direct your own subtle body energy through the use of breath, hemispheric integration and mind/body awareness.
- Become sensitive to your own inner voice and build resilience, soul stamina and be congruent with your spiritual truths — living your life with ease.
When we were young, we moved our bodies freely without concern for pain. As we age, we have gathered trauma, whether physical or emotional, from various life experiences, which can get stuffed in the body’s tissues, only later to need releasing. Through a regular yoga practice, you can change all that through showing up on your mat and being yourself.
Yoga became popular in the 60’s and 70’s, but it wasn’t until more recently that it has caught on for all ages. Today in the US, 32 million people are doing yoga, and it has been proven to help with chronic back pain, depression, stress, anxiety and recovery from cancer.