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New Years Day Yoga: Twist and Breathe with Annie and Amir Arlington 2023

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$45.00 New Years Day Yoga Annie Amir 2023

Join us for the 26th offering of this special New Year's Day workshop,. Amir leads the twists, Annie leads the breathing. Together we gratefully twist away the challenges of 2022, and approach 2023 with refreshed calm and new energy.

Annie Moyer

During her former career as a high school English teacher, Annie began practicing yoga in the 1990s in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C., in a casual apartment setting with a small group of neighbors and one devoted teacher. For five years straight, the group gathered weekly for yoga postures and meditation on a simple wood floor with one cotton blanket each, and much laughter and mutual support.

After her twins were born in 1999, Annie moved to Arlington, VA, and completed teacher training in 2002 at Sun & Moon Yoga, with the intention of bringing yoga philosophy back into the high school classroom.

Along the way, Annie has taught yoga, meditation, and yoga philosophy to thousands of yoga students in public classes at Sun & Moon, in corporate settings, in private one-on-one sessions, as part of basic and advanced teacher trainings, and on retreats. Annie’s regular weekly classes at Sun & Moon are organized by a quarterly theme, and each week presents a short philosophical talk on the theme, followed by a well-rounded physical practice of postures and breathing tied to the theme. Relaxations are long and luxurious. Discussion and questions are welcome. Laughter happens.

The high school classroom dream happened as well. Annie conceived, designed, and created a literature/writing class called Philosophy of Yoga at HB Woodlawn Secondary Program from 2008 to 2017, which students took as their English elective.

Over the years Annie’s role at Sun & Moon has evolved, and since 2010 she has served as Studio Director, overseeing both studio locations with 100-plus classes per week; quarterly programs including workshops, teacher trainings, and visiting master teachers; marketing and communications; and a large community volunteer program.

Annie is also the co-founder of Awakening Yoga Spaces, a coalition of yoga and wellness communities committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the yoga world, with a primary focus on making Yoga Teacher Trainings more accessible to members of the BIPOC community as a way of dismantling structures of racism and marginalization.

Annie lives in Arlington with her partner Amir Tahami (senior teacher and co-owner of Sun & Moon), their two Persian cats, their rescue dog Prince, and the twins when they’re home from college.

Amir Tahami

Amir stands at the helm as the most senior and followed teacher at, as well as the owner of, the nationally renowned Sun & Moon Yoga Studios in Northern Virginia. In his packed weekly public classes and private one-on-one yoga therapy sessions, he works attentively with students who want an enhanced quality of life through a plainspoken and sensible approach to health and well-being. His innovative techniques blending traditional Indian and Thai yoga influences with restorative postures, therapeutic applications, and somatic movement help students move gently forward on a path of healing, and encourages taking the mindfulness of yoga practice into everyday life. He has thousands of hours of training with teachers including Aadil Palkhivala, Tias Little, Rodney Yee, Doug Keller, and Leslie Kaminoff, and is also certified in Thai Yoga Therapy. Amir is an avid amateur hockey player, recently fulfilled a lifelong dream to design and build his own custom home, and is also known to herd cats.

Amir provides abundant and detailed instructions for how to move and takes his classes and workshops through the paces to practice alignment, energy movement, and clarity of mind. “Paying attention to the body is the hardest part,” he says. But when he’s dictating just exactly what to do with your shoulder blades – like leading with the blades in cat and cow, as opposed to the spine, as you might have always thought, or how to create space between each vertebra or what to do to stretch your connective tissue – the mind becomes laser-focused. He offers wisdom on anatomy and how to bring the lessons of healing into daily life – for knees, neck, back, shoulders, hips, and other parts that have been beaten down from work, injury, disease, aging, or disuse. He gives you the tools to practice these maneuvers at home and then wants you to go out there and live: play sports, climb mountains, expand your reach with a body that can.