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True transformation is only available through relaxation.” ~ Swami Kripalu

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Finding Peace After Trauma


Cost: $35 Date: Tuesday April 22, 2014 Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Location: 16 Park Lane, Newton Center MA 02459
Trauma is a tsunamis like exhausting experience, but one day you know you have to change, or you won’t survive. Join me in this workshop of change, integration and growth for trauma survivors. Heal with yoga on and off the mat in a supportive group of women. Learn and practice new tools for your more empowered life. Bring journal. We will begin with tea, a short meditation sit, followed by chair or floor yoga, followed by exercises, voluntary shares, and healing circle. Mats and props supplied. Laughter Allowed. Registration by PrePayment Required.

"There's a lesser known Hindu deity named Akhilandeshvari, or The Goddess of Never Not Broken. This Goddess embodies the ability to come together and fall apart, over and over again. She is the personification of healthy annihilation, the archetype of vicissitude. She breaks apart in order to come back together as a more powerful entity. Indeed, it is exactly because she is able to break apart that she is so powerful. What a shift in perspective! True strength isn't wholeness but the ability to adapt to the change that comes from falling apart and coming back together again, from wholeness to brokenness and back. This is the epitome of transforming pain into strength. Falling apart is what happens when we experience trauma. Coming back together again is the scar left behind. Adapting to the new way in which we are put back together again is honoring the sacred wound. Like Joseph Campbell wrote, "Suddenly you're ripped into being alive. And life is pain, and life is suffering, and life is horror, but my god you're alive and it's spectacular."
© The Unbounded Spirit,
Turning Wounds into Wisdom: The Power of Transforming Pain into Strength


Breathing to Soothe, Cleanse and Awaken
Cost: $$ Date: 2014 Time: am/pm Location: 16 Park Lane, Newton Center MA 02459
Through an exploration of the basic breathing techniques you will deepen the connection between your body and your mind, and find new ways to balance your emotions and cleanse your body. You will learn alternate nostril breathing, complete three part, rhythmic breath and others.Scheduling Information and more coming soon...

Meditation, Awareness and Yoga Nidra
Cost: $$ Date: 2014 Time: am/pm Location: 16 Park Lane, Newton Center MA 02459
You will get to explore a variety of meditation techniques including mindful meditation, vipassana, walking, metta and loving kindsness, to discover which one works best for you in your body to create inner calm and peace and to reduce stress. Learn how to sit, where to place hands. You may choose a chair or a bolster or any position in which you are comfortable. Short and Longer Sits will be explored as well as walking meditation. We’ll end with Yoga Nidra a technique experienced on the mat on your back with some guided support and direction to complete the relaxation of your nervous system. In addition to my own meditation practice, I studied in with Jonathan Foust, Co-founder of the Mindfulness Training Institute of Washington D.C., and prior President of Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Scheduling Information and more coming soon...

Yoga for Cancer Survivors
Yoga is often your best road back to your best life after the rigors of the recovery journey. Come and take home inspiration, and hope as you regain your strength and well being with gentle yoga for cancer survivors that meets you where you are. And if you’ve just received a diagnosis, come and use yoga to find calm in the moment with guided support. Must be able to climb stairs. Can do session in chair or on yoga mat. Held at Soul Sanctuary. Please contact me for more details. No Walk Ins. Mondays at 10 am.

Private Sessions with Anna Dunwell
If you are recovering from recent surgery and/or dealing with an issue in your body like arthritis, or you cannot kneel, have chronic fatigue, osteoporosis, chronic pain, cancer, injuries, fibromyalgia or other considerations, a private session with me may be appropriate. Some forms of dynamic yoga practice are contra-indicated for certain serious health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, pregnancy, and uncontrolled high blood pressure, some chronic diseases and cancer. Please contact me now. I work with you where you are. You can purchase it here after we’ve talked and scheduled an appointment. Here is a testimonial about my work with patients at the Boston Medical Center by the Integrative Medicine Clinical Services Coordinator.
"Most of our patients come to the group with complex medical histories. We hope to treat the whole person, not just one condition. In this group in particular, everyone has fairly severe chronic pain(although not all back pain). Most individuals are also dealing with chronic conditions like depression, anxiety, diabetes, etc. They really loved your yoga and had nothing but good things to say!" ~ Integrative Medicine Clinical Services Coordinator, Boston Medical Center 2013

Testimonials
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“I just want to let you know that you are amazing and due to you I like yoga and also my friend she loves you.” ~ MM

“I have seen her 3 times and I am blown away by the range and depth of her knowledge. She is more than a yoga teacher and she is answering needs I didn’t realize that I had. I am most appreciative of your referral and can’t thank you enough for guiding me to her.” ~ Private Session Client

“I wanted to thank you for your time today. It was a pleasure meeting you. I feel in the short time that we met I already learned from you - whether it was the chair modifications, understanding the population better or setting the goal of finding joy, it seems that all angles of teaching to patients and survivors you have mastered.” ~ KT, Yoga Instructor 2/12/14

“Most of our patients come to the group with complex medical histories. We hope to treat the whole person, not just one condition :) In this group in particular, everyone has fairly severe chronic pain (although not all back pain). Most individuals are also dealing with chronic conditions like depression, anxiety, diabetes, etc. They really loved your yoga and had nothing but good things to say!” ~ Integrative Medicine Clinical Services Coordinator

“You have a gift of making everyone feel welcome no matter who they are, what their situation or circumstance is, or what they bring to the class. You are a real healer.” ...  “I really appreciate your bright spirit and optimism, as well as your compassionate teaching which has helped strengthen me both physically and emotionally during this challenging time.  You have been a gift in my life! ~ 10/10/13~ Current Dana Farber Patient  7/3/2013

“I was very impressed with your teaching style and patience, the results are remarkable. I could never expect to be able to perform some positions by the end of today’s session...I am lucky to find you. See you on Thursday.” ~ Current Private Client. 7/26/2013

“I had the opportunity to assist for Anna during the Yoga in the Schools program. She brings caring, passion and a wealth of experience to her teaching. Anna’s approach is strong and gentle, precise yet bursting with energy. She brings her heart every single time. I highly recommend her as a yoga teacher.” ~ KB

“I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate and enjoy your gentle yoga class at Boston Medical's  Moakley Building. I am in constant pain and experience limited range of motion. After many years of medical appointments to learn the source of the pain in my back, hips and legs, I was diagnosed with spinal stenosis of the lower back. Taking your gentle yoga class has improved my strength and flexibility and when practiced on a regular basis given me a remedy for my pain.” ~ Current Boston Medical Center Patient. 8/01/2013

“I forget to tell you what an amazing yoga teacher you are. The students really love you and it has been such a pleasure to work with you and watch your students transform; that is a real testament not just to their own innate abilities but yours to help them down that path of self-realization!” ~ RL

“I... want you to know that you’ve helped me become much more conscious about what I do with my body and how I do it. Thank you for all of the amazing advice, stories and the tools to calm both mind and body. I think you’ve made all of our lives much, much better. ~ Boston Medical Center Staffer 12/16/2013

“A wonderful experience, comforting and settling. I feel really awake and energized.” ~ Thai Yoga Massage Client 7/2013

You remind me of a Sufi, a whirling dervish of energy. You’re the resource that is unending energy. You provide it to others and live it for yourself. ~ A Friend 8/2013

“Thanks so much Anna; it was a great class and these notes are very helpful.  Also, I left my water bottle there (with Lady Bug).  I’ll pick it up when I see you on the 23rd at 10:00.” ~ Private Session Client

“My back is reborn AGAIN at Soul Sanctuary under Anna's skilled guidance. I came in agony, I walked out feeling like butter! I cannot believe 75 minutes can make such a difference! Thank you Anna.” ~ Private Session Client

“We have been so deeply blessed to have you on the journey with us. You are a very special woman and a real healer. You will be deeply missed. I very much hope that our paths continue to cross and send you many blessings for your adventures ahead. ~  Director of Integrative Medicine Clinical Services, Boston Medical Center 12/18/13

“I am going to miss  you a lot… not just as my instructor – I LOVED the way you embraced life and any issues any of us were having that day...Thanks for being there for me all these years.   They will never find a replacement who could come close to you, your energy, your spirit, and your guidance…. You are the best! ~ Boston Medical Center Staffer 12/18/13

“I have heard nothing but positive feedback from patients and staff who have taken [your classes] them.” ~ Director of Integrative Medicine, Boston Medical Center Department of Family Medicine 12/19/13

"Anna is an extremely gifted yoga teacher and class facilitator. I had the tremendous privilege and honor of working alongside Anna assisting her as she led the Boston University-based yoga and back study. I can't say enough about the wonderful classes she taught, and the radiant, positive energy she emitted and the responses she was able to illicit from the students. I would highly recommend yoga for any yoga teaching position and/or as a facilitator or any groups, classes, workshops or retreats, since I cannot think of anyone more qualified or gifted in this area. ~ MF

“Thank you' for being you and allowing me the opportunity to rest and restore yesterday :) ”

"I have known Anna Dunwell for 13 years; she is a marvelous yoga teacher and professional yoga educator. .Anna has co-presented with me, at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, offering the national Yoga Retreat for Women of Color™. She is quite knowledgeable about the theories and application of the classical form of yoga and yoga therapeutics. Anna and I are also serve as professional colleagues consulting for the Boston Medical Center's-NIH funded - Back to Health: A Study Comparing Yoga, Physical Therapy & Education for Chronic Low Back Pain in Predominantly Low-Income Minority Populations. I have also had the pleasure of participating in Anna’s yoga classes; she is a top notch teacher. She gracefully combines spirit, the traditions of yoga with contemporary applications for these times. Anna is a certified Kripalu yoga teacher and a brilliant fellow on the path of yoga. ~ MB

"I took a yoga workshop with Anna in her studio. She has created a beautiful space, a place that nurtures you. It is really a sacred space.I couldn't believe I was in Newton, I felt I was in the middle of nature at Kripalu. Anna is able with her gentle and compassionate guidance to open a channel, to connect you through the beauty of her studio and the surrounding nature to the beauty that is inside you. In her studio you cannot feel anything but beautiful!.If you are looking for yoga that gives you a spiritual , this is the place. Grazie, Anna!" Service Category: Personal Trainer Year first hired: 2008 Top Qualities: Personable, Expert, Creative

"Anna runs an excellent series of yoga sessions and retreats in her sublime studio in Newton. With kind attention, good humor, serious experience and focus, she draws the best of us out to heal our tension, our aches, our weariness. I highly recommend her classes.” Service Category: Yoga Instructor Year first hired: 2008 (hired more than once) Top Qualities: Personable, Good Value, Creative” ~ RS

"Anna is a highly skilled and compassionate teacher." ~ AJ

“Your studio is so stunning that I want to bring every yoga teacher I know there to see it!” ~ DR

“Thanks for another amazing yoga class today!” ~ TS

“You did a wonderful job with your presentation at the Yoga Retreat for Women of Color at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.”~ MB

“Thank you again for a fabulous session today. As usual, you transported me to a different place and made my body feel alive and peaceful. You are a magical, gifted instructor with much empathy and great karma.” ~ LS

“Anna is a teacher of great sensitivity and integrity...visionary, healing. I recommend her work wholeheartedly.”
~ Charles Kasler/Paresh

"AMAZING BodyLove®Retreat seminar with my favorite yoga studio Soul Sanctuary. Thank you Anna and all the presenters and all the participants for making it an amazing experience!"

Again, super great time at the BodyLove Retreat!! Loved the programs.. So diverse and all were interesting. “I loved the programs"

"...African healing dance...moving and freeing my body"...

"I learned how to participate... "

"I learned to let down my guard and be honest and forgiving."

"Everything was perfect...a perfect mix of programs"..

The variety and breadth of programs was exceptional and holistic and far exceeded my expectations.”

"heart yoga..."

“The best thing was living at Anna's for the weekend."

"I can't wait for the next one."...

"Marvelous, marvelous, marvelous weekend for all. Healing and invigorating space. All the women who came are lucky."

"...And thanks again for a super weekend. I had more fun and JOY than I ever imagined!!

"A RAGING success I might add. I came home with a treasure in my heart.”

"Thanks so much... what an amazing group of women!”


  • BodyLove® being discussed on twitter, not yoga, but the whole concept of being loved....