Annette found the saving grace of yoga in Los Angeles 1989, while acting onstage and commercially. An astrologer recommended that, if she wanted to survive LA, yoga would be a very smart choice. In a hot, carpeted, upstairs room at Voight Gym on La Cienaga, she got started with Baron Baptiste.
After getting mowed down by a drunk driver, Baron’s classes were integral to healing, having had to set aside the usual swimming, running, and step classes. One day Baron told her she should teach, and after returning to her hometown of Seattle in 1993, she began. She continued studying as she did, with such marvelous teachers as Bob Smith, Kathleen Hunt, Eiric Ovrid, Sharon Gannon and David Life, Rod Stryker, Andrey Lappa, and others in teacher trainings, workshops, and at conferences, and melded a personal offering that included the various influences of the Baptiste, Iyengar, Kundalini, Tantra, restorative, and Jivamukti styles.
Her early primary focus was on private instruction, with students from ages 14 to 81, home schoolers, wheelchair-bound students, incarcerated youth, and all kinds of regular folks of all sizes and shapes, levels and capabilities. 7 years in, she became certified (RYT 500 hours) at Samadhi Yoga, especially cherishing the 5 years as a teacher training mentor. She taught for many years in studios, gyms, and schools in the Seattle community, with a particular love for the experience at Seattle Central Community College, where the international student body fully embraced the practice in all its aspects.
Annette is thrilled to be a part of the Crensahw community. She believes that yoga is for EVERYONE! and that a consistent yoga practice helps us to manifest our dreams and live in our true potential, in ways that are challenging, trans-formative, and fun.