I started dance at the age of six - and have never stopped dancing since.
Dance has been a vital part of my life since my childhood and has become my profession. After having danced in several professional dance companies, I founded my own contemporary dance group "Tanztheater Anne-Sophie Fenner" in 2005. We performed in many places around the world.
As a professional dancer, choreographer and teacher, I came across Yoga on different occasions since 1990. At the age of 34, I was introduced to meditation, which was the starting point of my Yoga journey. During a Yoga and Surf Retreat in Bali in 2011, I definitively fell in love with Yoga. Since then Yoga has become my daily companion.
In 2014 I met Karl Straub, who introduced me to Jivamukti Yoga. He is my mentor and teacher since then. In 2019 I participated in a Yoga immersion with Sharon Gannon and David Life (founders Jivamukti Yoga) in Woodstock, which led to my decision to do the Jivamukti 300hrs Teacher Training in 2020. Prior to that I had completed a 200hrs Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Marina Rothenbach in Zürich. Shortly after I got the chance to teach at 'athayoga zürich' , which was the start of my teaching journey.
For the last three decades I have dedicated every moment of my life to the arts, dance and teaching of movement, always searching for our deep connection to the earth and our true essence. All my choreographic work mirrors that.
Sharing and teaching Yoga further expresses my dedication to uncovering the connection between our heartbeats and the rhythm of the universe. My teaching is driven by my love of movement and its individual expression.
The Yoga practices I teach, vary from challenging and strengthening Vinyasa flows accompanied by music, to more quiet and restorative Yin style classes. My Yoga classes truly reflect and honor my experience of the last 30 years in teaching movement, improvisation, relaxation techniques and dance.
Karl Straub, Rima Rabbath, Cat Alip Douglas, David Life and Sharon Gannon, Camilla Veen, Olga Oskorbina.
Yoga Teacher Trainings
200 hrs Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Certification.
300 hrs Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Certification.
Marina Rothenbach, Chris Chavez, Mark Withwell.
Honoring my teachers
My first Yoga teacher was Susan Braham in 1991. At that time I was working as a dancer in New York. That first positive Yoga experience certainly has left a deep impression on me. When I was living in New York again in 2007, I regularly visited the Iyengar Centre. It was in 2011, when I truly had that breakthrough moment in Bali practicing Yoga with Marina Rothenbach . Her teaching touched my soul and opened up my heart. I knew instantly that Yoga would become a big part of my life thereafter. In 2014, I met Karl Straub and he introduced me to Jivamukti Yoga, which changed my Yoga practice forever. I have been practicing Jivamukti Yoga since that day - every day.
Karl Straub and I
In the following years I met Cat Alip Douglas, who taught me to always be aware of where my heart is;
Chris Chavez who made me find my first balance in handstand; Rima Rabbath in New York during whose classes I experienced an ultimate awareness of body, mind and soul, that I had never experienced before.
And then there was the life changing event of receiving the teachings from the founders of Jivamukti Sharon Gannon and David Life in Woodstock. Camilla Veen and Olga Oskorbina led the 300hrs Jivamukti Teacher Training; I am forever grateful for the infinite knowledge they shared. Very close to my heart are the teachings of Mark Withwell who I have never met in person, but whose online lectures and wise teachings from the lineage of Krishnamacharya and Desikachar have a deep impact on my understanding of Yoga. Last but not least I want to mention Mahima who I met in New York. She taught me my first "spiritual warrior". She is a goddess of light.
Sharon Gannon and daviD life
To sum it up: Yoga has changed my life profoundly- and forever!
I hope that you will also discover and explore further your own Yoga journey - may it be as nourishing and rewarding for you, as it has been for me.
Annfee, do you practice meditation?
What is your favorite pose?
When did you take your first Yoga class?
Crescent pose! It opens my heart to the sky and grounds me deep into the earth.
Yes, almost daily. I started with meditation about 20 years ago. Meditation reminds me to stay calm and breathe in situations, where I might freak out otherwise.
At the age of 25 I had my 1st Yoga class during my dance studies. My Yoga journey however, really started in 2011.
What is your favorite way to
When I’m not on the mat or teaching.
I take a walk in nature with my two dogs or I take a Yoga class with my favorite teacher.
I read books, write poems, take care of my house and my garden, listen to music, sit still with my two dogs, spend time with my partner, write emails to my sisters, discuss spiritual topics with my mother and create new choreographies for my dance company.