I began yoga in 1991. A broken leg in 1992 made me take yoga seriously. I was impressed at how quickly my injuries healed and decided to teach people to heal themselves through yoga. In 1996 I began to teach weekly general classes and in 2000 to 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. I also have a Foundations Dip in Ayurveda, and a Certificate in Falls Prevention Awareness. Press article on Anna’s BWY specialist Advisor award Also Article on Anna’s book
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 six BWY IST day courses – Falls Prevention, Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs, Yoga and Ayurvedic Dosha, The Three Gunas and Mental nature – practical ways to reach harmony, teaching one to one private lessons, and improving concentration based on Patanjali’s 9 Obstacles. See Workshops for dates/venues. I now also teach laughter yoga and work as a yoga leisure leader for www.hfholidays.co.uk
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.
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 I’ a certified Laughter Leader and have a certificate in Falls Prevention Awareness. Yoga author – Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs. One of my other books Cutting Your Car Use, published by Green Books has sold over 145,000 copies and has a North American edition.
I am insured and have First Aid Training.