East Meets West Yoga Center

Ann Vari

Ann began studying yoga in 2001 hoping to gain flexibility despite her pesky thought that “I’m not good at yoga.”  She did gain some flexibility, but what surprised her more was how her mind and heart opened.  After 10 years of personal practice, she became a yoga teacher to help others see that they can do yoga too, and maybe even be surprised by what they find.

Ann received her 200-hour certification from East Meets West Yoga Center in Vienna, VA, in 2012 and continues training to help her understand the needs of diverse students.  She has completed training programs including Yoga Warriors; y4C (yoga for cancer); 85 hours of prenatal yoga training at East Meets West; and Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors at Duke University; as well as training in Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep). She especially enjoys teaching beginner and gentle classes because she likes to help students let go of their own pesky thoughts and self-judgments. With gratitude for the teachers who helped her, Ann encourages students to discover their own inner teacher and embrace the journey, wherever it leads.

"Smile, breathe and go slowly." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"Remember, it doesn’t matter how deep into a posture you go – what does matter is who you are when you get there." ~Max Strom