I am a yoga teacher based in York, UK. BWY Specialist Advisor on Back Care and Therapeutic Research, co-author of Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs book and Relaxations CD. These can be bought at Yogaforbacks.co.uk. I trained with the British Wheel, qualifying in 1999 and am insured as a 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
I began yoga in 1991. A broken leg in 1992 made me take yoga seriously. I am now completely healed. In 1996 I began to teach and do weekly general classes, plus classes at York St John University and teach private lessons.
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. 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 now 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 several yoga research papers including the largest yoga trial ever as of Nov 2011 which was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine
I tutored at 2009 & 2010 BWY National Congress. I am approved to run 4 BWY IST day courses - Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs, Yoga and Ayurvedic Dosha, The Three Gunas and Mental nature - practical ways to reach sattvic harmony as well as Overcoming Patanjali's Obstacles to Concentration. See Workshops for dates/venues.
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. This is £7.50 plus £1 for postage and packing to Anna Semlyen, 24 Grange St, York YO10 4BH.
Able tutors such as Alison Trewhela, Ray Hills, Jean Lavers, Dr Bhole, Di Kendall, Sue Pennington, Catherine Harrison, Bill Wood and the Brahma Kumaris have taught me. I have learnt Ashtanga yoga and been to Yoga Plus in Crete. I have done yoga for pregnancy In Service Training with Gillian Russell
and am approved as a Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs teacher and offer In Service Teacher Training on Yoga for Low Back Pain.
Yoga in York has a Facebook page and You Tube Channel
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 Diploma from the Ayurvedic Trading Company with Andrew Johnson. I have learnt Reiki 1 and 2 healing with Chris Williams.
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 130,000 copies and has a North American edition. I write and teach Traffic Reduction workshops
The 20 mph speed limit campaign 20's Plenty for Us employ me part time as Campaign Manager.
I have performed and taught circus skills with the Cosmos Jugglers.
I live with my daughter Rosie, husband Graham and step sons, Oscar and Howard.