AnnMarie Wolf on Transitioning
from Dabbling Yoga Student to Certified Yoga Teacher.
After retiring and moving to Toronto, AnnMarie Wolf went from what she calls a “once a week yoga habit” to immersing herself fully into her yoga practice, and becoming a certified yoga teacher.
In the midst of entering a new phase in life, which at the time she felt was “not an exciting one”, AnnMarie decided to “do something for herself.” She chose yoga.
What brought you to Breathe?
“Toronto is home to many yoga studios and I thought, ‘I am going to find one that really clicks with me’. And then I found Breathe. I really loved the atmosphere – the warmth, the peace.”
“I loved the teachers, the practice, and decided I wanted to pursue yoga even more.”
Why become a yoga teacher?
“I became passionate about bringing yoga to my age group, because they need it.”
As a retired high school physical education teacher, AnnMarie knew she can teach. She did, however, have reservations about being physically able to complete her training.
Why Breathe YTT?
“Svitlana was the only studio owner that found the time to meet with me personally. And she gave me complete faith in my abilities. Until then I questioned whether I would be a candidate a studio would accept for their program. I was thrilled Breathe embraced me, my age group and my vision.”
Since completing the YTT Program
AnnMarie embraced what she initially perceived as her limitations. The program has given her “the ability to understand herself and her body better.”
“Physically I was amazed at the changes that can happen to the body at this age. And the changes that continue to happen. I continue to grow and change and find deeper ranges of motion.”
“When you study yoga, your own practice will grow. You will develop a new sense of empathy for yourself and for others.”
AnnMarie’s advice to anyone considering becoming a certified Yoga Teacher
“Just do it. What they said on the first day of the program is true – it will change your life, whether you become a teacher or not.”
To learn more about the Breathe Yoga Teacher Training, click here.
Written by: Magda Mroz
Photos by: Waverly Wyld