I began yoga in 1991. A broken leg in 1992 made me take yoga seriously. I was impressed at how quickly my injuries healed through yoga and decided to teach people to heal themselves through yoga. In 1996 I began to teach and do weekly general classes and teach private lessons.
I am the British Wheel of Yoga Specialist Advisor on Back Care and Therapeutic Research and co-author of the “Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs” book and Relaxations CDs. I trained with the British Wheel, qualifying in 1999 and am an insured life member. In 2009 I started to teach nationally and was awarded Specialist Advisor status to the BWY on back care and therapeutic yoga research in 2010. Press article on Anna’s BWY specialist Advisor award Also Article on Anna’s book
My teaching applies seasonal themes, Ayurveda and responds to requests. As well as general classes, I run a gentle course and private lessons for back care. My classes aim to empower people to be their own teacher and improve their health.
I was on the Steering Committee of the University of York’s Health Sciences Dept Trial on Yoga for Low Back Care. I am in partnership with Iyengar Yoga teacher Alison Trewhela in the Yogaforbacks social enterprise see Yogaforbacks.co.uk where there is a 4 min video.
I have co-authored five yoga research papers including the world’s largest yoga trial (as of Nov 2011) published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. I tutored at 2009 & 2010 BWY National Congress. I teach four BWY IST day courses – Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs, Yoga and Ayurvedic Dosha, The Three Gunas and Mental nature – practical ways to reach harmony as well as Overcoming Patanjali’s Obstacles to Concentration. See Workshops for dates/venues. I now also teach laughter yoga.
I am insured, enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) disclosure and Child Protection checked. I have First Aid Training.
The Relax with Anna Semlyen Yoga in York CD has 4 x 15 minute relaxations on the themes of gravity, visualisation, breathing and pregnancy -£7.50 plus £1 for postage and packing to Anna Semlyen, 24 Grange St, York YO10 4BH. Yoga in York has a Facebook page and You Tube Channel and @YogaYork twitter.
My degrees are in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford and a Masters in Health Economics from York University, plus an Ayurveda Foundations Dip from the Ayurvedic Trading Company with Andrew Johnson. Elected as a City of York Councillor in May 2011. Yoga author – Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs. One of my other books Cutting Your Car Use, published by Green Books has sold over 140,000 copies and has a North American edition.
The 20 mph speed limit campaign 20’s Plenty for Us employ me part time as Campaign Manager. I play and perform comedy music with the Subtle Truth. I have performed and taught circus skills with the Cosmos Jugglers. I live with my daughter Rosie, and boyfriend Mark.