Yoga for Athletes / Yoga for Swimmers

Anne Cleveland“Yoga for Athletes” and “Yoga for Swimmers” Workshops

Discover the “Power of Consciousness”

I’ve been blending both my passions… now offering yoga workshops specifically designed for athletes…

Yoga: the Power of Consciousness – Strength from a Higher Source
In 2004, at the age of 48, I swam from England to France and back to England – non-stop, no wetsuit. How did I do it? We’ll look at how in this workshop. You will learn the same practices I used to enable me to finish this swim.

Working with the energy, or Prana body, we will access a power source of a different kind through some dynamic breath-based practice, developing our pranic intelligence. Participants will learn how to manage mental activity – we are the master, not our mind – and find strength and endurance, all the while steady in ‘the zone’ of moment-to-moment awareness.

I have been a certified hatha yoga teacher since 2001 and have designed yoga workshops and programs specifically addressing swimmers’ issues.  Injury prevention and recovery are known benefits of a yoga practice.  Rather than practicing Power Yoga and “working out” more, we will be exploring the Power of Yoga to access strength and balance of a different kind.  A new clarity and confidence will come as a result of this reliable tool: a yoga practice.  I will be addressing swimmer-specific body issues, as well as offering classes in cooler environments that open-water swimmers, who are acclimated to colder temperatures, are able to tolerate.

Yoga has been the cornerstone of my training for all of my channel swims.  I can personally attest to the benefits of a yoga practice.  Both my doctor and my optometrist have asked me if I’m one of those “Benjamin Button people”…perhaps it is working?

Why Practice Yoga if you’re an athlete?

  • Engages inner strength
  • Increases cardiovascular capacity
  • Promotes recovery in between training sessions
  • Helps with injury prevention
  • Confidence from within… helps with pre-race jitters!


“I’ve studied yoga for 20 yrs, beginning with Chuck Miller at YogaWorks, and continuing with Shiva Rea, Sean Corne, Erich Schiffmann, and many other hotshots. This evening I took Anne Cleveland’s restorative class and believe she is as talented as those mentioned above.” —Ian

“Just finished ‘Yoga for Swimmers’ taught by Anne Cleveland…now I know why everyone loves yoga!  Thank you so much, Anne, for offering this opportunity. Peaceful and feeling great now…it’s the 1st time my neck has not hurt in nearly 2 years. Tears of joy and relief… Anne has the power to heal (heart, mind, body and soul)” —Marta

“Pure bliss! It was just what I needed after a long swim. I felt incredibly relaxed and peaceful when I left. You gave us some excellent stretches to open up our chest area. I highly recommend it and want to do it again. Thanks Ann! Namaste” —Carol

“Great class, Anne. Thanks! I’m still feeling the relaxation a day later.” —Catherine

“Anne was superb in her teaching style for ‘Yoga for Swimmers’.  She gently took us through a series of restorative yoga poses that were very calming.  As we practiced each pose, Anne educated us regarding the benefits of that particular pose as it relates to swimming.  I thought this was great because it made perfect sense why we were doing each swim specific pose.  Anne’s yoga class is not only beneficial for swimmers, but for everyone.  I felt rejuvenated when I left the class and had the best night sleep in a long time.  Thank you, Anne.” —Monique

“I really enjoyed your Restorative Yoga Workshop!  This is the first Yoga class I have been to that I really got something out of and really enjoyed.   It was the best Yoga class I have ever been to.  I especially liked how you related each exercise to athletes.”  —Julie

“Mastery of yoga is really measured by how it influences our day-to-day living, how it enhances our relationships, how it promotes clarity and peace of mind.”
~ T.K.V. Desikachar


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