Why anaama yoga?

We teach yoga in the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya and T.K.V. Desikachar. For many years this approach was known as viniyoga. In 2006 Desikachar asked his long-time students to move away from the concept of style or brand name. So Rosemary chose anaama yoga, meaning “beyond naming” and yoga from the inside, emphasizing the importance of paying attention to your own experience. Yoga allows us to link body, breath, mind and spirit, to move inwards to a place of calm in order to see more clearly and to live life more fully. anaama yoga refers to a way of practicing and teaching which is not limited by words and which honours individual experience over external image.

“If you can breathe, you can do yoga. The key is finding the right practice and guidance.”


  1. Posted on September 14, 2010 at 11:16 pm by Dorothy

    Beautiful website, Rosemary. Congratulations. It reflects your caring attention and your insightful nature. I’m delighted that the CRica retreat is really going to happen. My love and best wishes for a wonderful year ahead. Dorothy

  2. Posted on September 15, 2010 at 3:42 pm by Janet Rubinoff

    I have studied yoga with Rosemary for seven years now, and our classes always put me “in a special place” in my mind. This is not “fad” yoga but the real experience, both physical and spiritual. As a teacher Rosemary has adapted yoga movements to everyone’s physical abilities or injuries. It’s great!
    Janet Rubinoff

  3. Posted on September 16, 2010 at 10:05 am by Rosemary

    What a gift, to receive the first comment from a direct student of Krishnamacharya!

  4. Posted on September 17, 2010 at 10:52 pm by Linda Genova

    Thirty years ago, I recall being turned off an aerobics class, feeling that it was a struggle to keep up to the pace of activity (not to mention the concomitant fashion trends.) Now, in Rosemary’s yoga class, though I am much older and much less fit, I feel no such pressure; yet, for body and mind, the benefits are great.

    Also, I appreciate the fact that the classes have been quite diverse, having women and men of different ages. Rosemary’s sensitivity to individual differences and needs just makes it all work.

  5. Posted on September 18, 2010 at 12:58 am by Veronica MacLeod

    What a beautiful website!

  6. Posted on September 22, 2010 at 5:01 pm by Jenny

    Making time for myself in one of Rosemary’s classes – to move; to breathe; to concentrate on Rosemary’s gentle way of teaching yoga – leaves me in a special place when I finish one of her classes. Taking Rosemary’s practice into my day makes my life better. Thank you, Rosemary.

  7. Posted on September 29, 2010 at 11:51 pm by Gwen Wood

    Rosemary, I learned so much in the workshop on Pranayama last fall in Edmonton and I am looking forward to the upcoming workshop in a couple of weeks. There are so many opportunities that you are providing (ie Costa Rica) and the gentle way of teaching is so appealing. Thank you so much for your teaching!

  8. Posted on October 20, 2010 at 2:41 pm by Sheree Gurnell

    I do feel blessed to have found the teachings of Krishnamacharya and Desikachar through Rosemary. You know the teachings are authentic when they work. Practicing in this tradition brings all the gifts of yoga as set out in the written texts. Thank-you Rosemary, from the depths of my heart. I look forward to many more years of study with you.

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