The sun is finally shining which means we are officially in countdown mode to this summer’s Muskoka Yoga Festival! As a media partner for the big event, we’ll be bringing you exclusive content leading up to the festival, including interviews with a few of the incredible instructors you can expect to get bendy with this July. In this second installment (find the first here), we catch up with Ann Green, owner of BLiSS yoga studio in downtown Barrie.
Ann Green is the powerhouse owner of BLiSS yoga studio in downtown Barrie, a 10,000 square foot, light-filled space featuring six (yes six!) studios, including spaces for private sessions, aerial silks, SURFSET classes, and meditation.
But to hear her describe her role, she takes a slightly different view, labeling herself “a visionary and teacher of tenderness, a conduit of love, helping others live their most healthy, abundant, vibrant life: a Shineologist!” Having interviewed her, we have to agree.
In addition to being an accomplished yogi and studio owner, Green is also a mom, a surfer, a runner, and a lifter. We caught up with her to find out what you can expect from her practice at the festival.
Ann Green at the Muskoka Yoga Festival
Catch Green leading multiple classes over the weekend, two workshop-style sessions as well as SUP Yoga.
“I will teach vinyasa style with the approach reflecting a complete connection of breath, leadership to the movement, and succulent time in each posture,” she tells us. “Rest will be supported in order to complete the work. And there is deep connection in my classes… From this, expect to be gifted the knowledge and discovery of your personal resilience, self care, intuition, confidence, strength, and love, all being wrapped up joyfully, in happiness. There will be a great deal of giggles, insight and fun!”
We love asking the yogis we connect with about their favourite pose or type of practice. Here’s what Green had to say about hers.
“I love almost every asana,” she told us. “Sometimes my back doesn’t like the heart openers of the deep kinds, so I am extra caring and discerning in my listening there. I would have to say I love triangle, upavishta konasana, and eight limb posture, known as ashtakravasana. So fun. And you can do both in the most interesting of places. There is nothing though like pulling out a simple, connected, joyful and happy downward facing dog, adho mukha svanasana.”
Her Top Wellness Tip for Summer
“Get connected by unplugging,” she suggests. “Soak it all in! Nourish opportunities of wonder. Get as connected in nature as you are available to do so.
“Listen. Slow down. Pay attention to your gut. Speak up. Be gentler on yourself. Cherish the silly. Sunrise or before. Meditate. Move. Gratitude journal. Nourish. Change the world. Be a light keeper. Get caught up in a moment of amazing nature. Nourish. Laugh. Love. Hold family close. Connect in your body. Nourish. Chase sunsets. Rest often. Let be. Meditate. Sleep is sacred. Take the NAP back! As often as possible keep playing. Stay golden and shine on, light keeper.”
To learn more about Ann Green and BLiSS studio, click here.
Lead image courtesy of Alyson Tame.