I decided to try restorative yoga to treat a SLAP tear in my shoulder. I was skeptical at first. Could I actually “om” my way to a healthy shoulder? I also didn’t think there was such a thing as “restorative” yoga. But I was desperate, as surgery was looming and I was focused on avoiding it at all costs.

Then I met Annie. One of the first things she said to me was, “your breath will heal you.” I didn’t believe her. And then she walked me through a series of breathing techniques and I instantly understood what she meant: my spine started adjusting, and I filled my body with air in places I didn’t know existed. Three months later my shoulder is significantly improved, and surgery is now in the rear view.

Annie has helped me discover things about my body that are simple in concept but deep in restorative powers. She knows the body like a physician, but works it like a healer. She even transformed me from skeptic, to someone who is memorizing mantras. Om tryambakam.