Ode to Self-Compassion

May I be happy
May I be peaceful
May I be healthy
May I be free
Free from all pain and strain and old tensions
May I walk through this world in a state of grace,
at ease, and with an open heart.
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om
Peace Peace Peace

Originally educated, in the 1980’s at the highly esteemed Sivananda yoga schools in Europe and India, Annemaree is both a teacher and perpetual student of yoga.  She currently studies Shanti Yoga under the guidance of internationally renowned yoga master, Shanti Gowans. In fact, she never stops studying!

Annemaree often espouses ‘Yoga to me is simply a holistic way of life, a beautiful philosophy and the means to a happy, healthy and peaceful existence’.

She teaches classical Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Mindfulness practises and Meditation. The underlying principle of her work is that a healthy body and a calm mind promise exemplary personal and professional accomplishment in all facets of life and her focus is on relieving anxiety and stress to all those who walk through her doors.

‘If I was asked what are the most important aspects of my teaching? I would say learning how to use the breath effectively; cultivating strength and resilience in the body and mind; fostering peace in the heart; and focusing on compassion – particularly self-compassion. To me, yoga is the path to profound happiness’.

Her work also leads her to exotic and beautiful locations. Her 5-star, international tours and retreats allow like-minded individuals to connect and be nurtured in stunningly peaceful and beautiful environments. Cuisine, ambience, colour, fun, culture, treatments and adventure all play a part in the Cool, Calm & Collected nurturing equation.

Even though Cool, Calm & Collected is over 15 years in the making, Annemaree’s experience does also stem from an executive-level, corporate background. However, she has now chosen to dedicate her time to the ‘wellness’ industry, especially as she understands the deadlines, schedules, stresses, long hours and workloads associated with today’s workplace and our busy world in general.

Her students range in age from 7 years to 75 years; male and female, and come from all walks of life including business sectors such as I.T., Accounting, the Law, Universities, Medical and Insurance to name a few. (She has a soft-spot for beginner’s!).

Annemaree's passion is to assist others to live a more purposeful, peaceful and fulfilling life.