Annie Au Yoga biography

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 a 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 a health scare, I’ve found yoga.

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. Foremost, dancing feeds the ego and yoga are 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 a great sense of peace in my yoga practice. The entire experience was so transformative that I was hooked at once. I even wrote about it in my first published article. You can read it here:

Discover the Ugly Truth: What I Really learned from a Yoga Teacher Training

You don’t need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens. And I did. A year later, I co-founded a Yoga Teacher Training School implementing an authentic and comprehensive teaching program. Currently, I'm traveling around in various places like Mexico, Canada, US, Thailand and Bali teaching workshops, training and retreats.

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. What yoga has presented me is a set of tools to continuously love myself and discover my truest Self in the midst of doubts and vulnerability. And I would love to share that with you.

Whenever I stumble on an ah-ha moment and turn it into a blog post or offering new immersion and workshops, I think you should be the first to know. Subscribe to my newsletter and get the inside scoop here. 

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.


Professional Bio:

Annie Au Yin Yoga Teacher Training

Currently a yoga nomad, Annie travels around the world including Mexico, US, Canada, Thailand and Bali teaching yoga. Annie and her partner Dr.Word Smith are one of the first in the industry to offer an integrative Yin Yoga and Chinese Meridians teacher training. Their training is a comprehensive integration of Daoism, Chinese medicine, and yoga philosophy. Annie has certified over 200 yoga teachers worldwide. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia. Specializes in yoga anatomy, Annie infuses anatomy knowledge in her yoga classes to help students practice more intelligently and avoid injuries. Annie can lead a dynamic class filled with inversions with a duality of restorative and healing sequences.

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. 




Word Smith, doctorate in medical qigong & advanced yoga educator

Word Smith

Word Smith has been practicing the esoteric/healing arts for twenty years. During this time he has delved deeply into Massage, Yoga, Qi gong, Chinese Medicine, Buddhist philosophy and Internal Martial Arts. He holds a Doctorate in Medical Qi Gong, and 500 hrs of Yoga Teacher Training in Dharma Yoga, Bachelor’s in Philosophy, a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, certifications in 5 body work styles. His teachers include Paul Pitchford, Michael Tierra, Dr. Jerry Alan Johnson, Geshe Michael Roach and Sri Dharma Mittra.

He currently lives in Sedona, Arizona translating Chinese and Tibetan and travels the world teaching Yoga, Dharma and Qi Gong.


mathieu boldron, e-ryt 200 & ryt-500

Mathieu Boldron Annie Au Yoga

Mathieu is an international yoga teacher and avid yoga practitioner. He is a gifted teacher with an incredible soul to spread the love of yoga. His affectionate energy propels a student to advance their own practices and be receptive to learning. Mathieu is known for his precise verbal cues, alignment and adjustments. Mathieu teaches the fundamentals of yoga in the most easy to understand and applicable way. He is most advanced in Vinyasa, Dharma, Ashtanga and Acro Yoga. Also be prepared to get serenaded by his incredible voice during kirtan! To get to know Mathieu more, visit