Namaste! I’m Annie Au.
My goal is to show you the potential of spiritual fulfillment and happiness by giving you the tools to start practicing yoga and ultimately teaching it to others.
Of course I’m not the Dalai Lamai or Buddha reincarnation. Like you, I am someone who experiences the polarity of happiness and sadness that life gives. In the midst of life transitions, heartbreaks and health scares, I’ve found yoga or what I call my faith in humanity.
The youngest of 3 daughters, I was very different from my sisters. Born and raised in Hong Kong & Canada, I wasn’t the typical Asian child one would expect. Definitely the odd one out, I pursued dancing since the age of 4 and became a professional dancer at the age of 19. I was fortunate to have had a dance career for many years.
I lost my identity when I stopped dancing due to severe physical injuries and emotional fatigue and at the same time my long-term relationship fell apart. I was no longer a dancer or someone’s partner. It was devastating to be completely lost in life. Life at that time seems like fragments of confusion and fear. I knew something needed to change. So I decided to take a yoga teacher training in Thailand.
The first step of towards somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are now. I didn’t know where I would end up but going to Thailand was a calling I couldn’t resist. Most people believe that it’s an easy transition from dance to yoga and I cannot object more strongly. Foremost, dancing feeds the ego and yoga is the exact opposite. What I learned in my first yoga teacher training was to be authentic. I was confronted by my bruised ego and voices of insecurities while finding great sense of peace in my yoga practice. The entire experience was so transformative that I was hooked at once. I even wrote my first published article about my experience. You can read it here:
You don’t need a plan, sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens. And I did. From there, I stayed in Thailand assisting at the school I attended my teacher training. A year later, I co-founded All Yoga Teacher Training School with David Lertsin implementing an authentic and comprehensive teaching program. Within 2 years, the school has expanded to Bali and Taiwan serving 14 yoga teacher trainings per year. We are thankful to have a loving and experienced faculty. Each team member brings something unique and precious to the school. Today we have graduated over 200 students from all over the world.
Never allow waiting to be a habit. Live your dreams and take risks. Life is happening now. Yoga has taught me to stay in the present moment and rid our expectations. I will show you how we can heal from life’s sorrow and achieve our wildest dreams through compassion and self-love. I don’t have a magic wand and neither does yoga. What yoga has presented me is a set of tools to continuously love myself and discover my truest Self in midst of doubts and vulnerability. And I would love to share that with you.
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Again I’m no sage or angel. I never pretend to have all the answers and I still go through emotional ups and downs.
But my commitment is to bring you the very best of what I’m living and learning and keeping it real and honest as I go.
So don’t expect life-changing wisdom, but expect lots of laughter and open communication…unless you don’t like to laugh- then you won’t dig my occasional jokes and silliness.
Annie leads teacher trainings in Thailand and Bali and has certified over 190 students worldwide. Annie holds a Bachelor Degree in Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia. Specializes in yoga anatomy, she infuses anatomy knowledge in her yoga classes to help students practice more intelligently and avoid injuries. Annie has the ability to lead a dynamic class filled with inversions with a duality of restorative and healing sequences. Her current practice consists of Ashtanga Yoga (Second Series), Dharma Yoga, Rocket Yoga and Yin Yoga. She is grateful to learn from various genuine masterful teachers. Eternal gratitude and thanks to teachers: Dharma Mittra, Boonchu Tanti & Ganesh Mohan.
Before yoga, she was a professional contemporary dancer and established Au Dance ( a dance school for age 2-16) in Vancouver Canada. Her decade long dance career has taken her around the world including some fond memories touring in India, Egypt, Brazil and Germany.
Annie was for me the perfect guide during the teacher training. Her amazing balance in Yin and Yang, in her teachings on and off the mat combined with her warm and down to earth personality showed me what it really is about as a yoga teacher, being vulnerable in sharing your experience, your passion, teaching from the heart but with a strong and steady theoretical foundation.- Marieke Vliegen
Annie brings all of her anatomy knowledge, life wisdom and love to her classes, and always inspires! She is able to support every student in the class whilst maintaining her effortless and flowing teaching dialogue.- Rachel Marcu
Annie is one of the most gifted and engaging Yoga teachers I have had the pleasure of studying with and her depth of knowledge, understanding and capability is inspiring. She is patient and adaptable to her students needs, helping them on and off the mat.-Jake White
Yoga with Annie was such a blessing! What a wise and patient soul rests in that little body. Her adjustments always pushed me deeper in my practice and her patience and strength kept me motivated. She's one of the best yoga instructors I've had and I feel so lucky to have had her for my certification.- Katrina McGhee
Annie is a patient, thoughtful, and meticulous instructor! - Amy Earhart
Annie is a wonderful, kind, inspiring teacher and person. She is by far my best teacher trainer to date, she is full of knowledge and willing to share it. I can't wait to work with Annie again.- Rowena Smart
Annie is a wonderful yoga teacher who is kind, caring, and personable. She is very passionate about spreading her knowledge about yoga with people around her. Annie is organized and she has great attention to detail, especially when she is leading and adjusting her students in her yoga classes. I highly recommend taking a class from Annie.- Janice Chang
Annie is such an inspiring, and knowledgeable teacher. I am honored to have learned from someone who is so passionate about what they teach. I feel that learning from such a talented teacher has in turn made me a great teacher myself. I hope to one day have the same grace and intelligence in my teachings as her. -Danielle Deramo
Annie is a highly engaging and skilled yoga teacher who meets students where they are to help them achieve their personal goals from the practice. Whether yin or Ashtanga, I always finished Annie's classes feeling motivated and relaxed, knowing that in her gentle way Annie had helped me fully in each moment, working at my edge whilst letting go of attachment to the outcome. From a personal perspective Annie has helped me transform aspects of my life, and I have observed the same happen with others.- Lachlan Duncan
Annie made my teacher training! Her Yin classes bought so much awareness and presence. Her teaching style really embraced her gentle & caring nature. Yet her Vinyasa classes were one of the most challenging I had done ! With so much fire and energy. She is a true example of yin and yang, of balance which I really respect in a teacher. Can't wait to be a student again in her presence ! Thank you Annie for a wonderful experience. - Liana Danielle
Annie is filled with so much knowledge and so incredible at yoga. I was so lucky to have had her as one of my teachers in my YTT! Annie was always there with open arms with answers to any questions we had and so supportive throughout the whole training. Annie truly helped me gain confidence in myself and helped shape me into the yoga instructor I am today. She will always be an inspiration to me!- Teera Meenan
Annie's attention to anatomy and alignment ensure a compassionate and mindful asana practice. Her grace and quiet wisdom are a bonus! – Alexandra Aitcheson
Studying with Annie was a pleasure, I really loved her ability to make the science and anatomy of yoga approachable and fun. I learned a lot and smiled a lot!- Bryn Reese
Annie is not only an amazing yoga practitioner but a dedicated and inspiring teacher. She has a true passion for instructing and radiates love and enthusiasm when doing so. She demonstrates a well rounded knowledge of all the eight limbs of yoga and has an in depth understanding of anatomy and physiology. I cannot say enough about Annie's teaching style. I feel honored and blessed to have been one of her students.-Lauren Albano