Anna Smallwood was first introduced to yoga in 1998 as part of her intensive training as Professional Contemporary Dancer. She completed a Bachelor of Dance at the Victorian College of The Arts and always maintained her yoga practice whilst working as a dancer. She immediately fell in love with Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow practices as it allowed to find freedom through movement, yet unlike dance it was driven by the breath.
Anna completed yoga teacher training at Brahmani Yoga, Goa, India with Julie Martin and has returned to India many times since then, to both teach at Brahmani yoga, and to deepen her own yoga practice. Anna has taught internationally on Brahmani Yoga, and Shakti Spirit, Yoga alliance teacher training programs in Bali and Goa. As well as leading Retreats in India, Bali and Australia.
Now Anna is founder the Berry Yoga Shala, and Roaming Yogis, on the beautiful South Coast of NSW Australia. Her classes are inspired by her love of dance, movement and music, but also tapping into those beautiful moments of stillness and spaciousness and really listening to what arises from within that space.
Anna is forever grateful for the teachings of Julie Martin, Emil Wendel, Clive Sheridan, and Rachel Hull who have illuminated her Sadhana with their teachings.
She enjoys sharing her understanding and deep love for yoga with others and witnessing the transformation it brings to her students.
Anna is a registered teacher with Yoga Alliance. (RYT 500) and Level 2 teacher with Yoga Australia.