Hi there! I’m Annalissa Brodersen, or A-Bee. I am a certified, trauma informed, yoga teacher offering classes for various ability levels from beginners to advanced practitioners. In line with yogic tradition and the eight limbs of yoga, my intention is to approach the asana (or poses) practice as just one of the many ways to bring the practice of yoga into every day life.
I have been practicing yoga for over nine years. What started initially as a way to stretch and prevent running injuries quickly expanded into a moving meditation practice that became integral to my own mental health and well-being. As an individual in ongoing recovery from debilitating perfectionism and a need to understand and be in control of most situations, the practice of yoga has offered space for this ongoing growth and discovery process. As a teacher I intend to create safe spaces where others are able to reconnect with themselves and their inner knowing.
I began practicing yoga during graduate school under my teacher, Ann Mazur of Runners Love Yoga in Charlottesville, VA.
I completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training under Lauren Leduc of True Love Yoga in Kansas City in Fall 2020.
Outside of Teaching Yoga...
I am currently pursuing my MSW on the clinical track at KU School of Social Work. I am on the part time track and plan to pursue my LCSW and clinical certification post graduation. My hope is to combine my passions for teaching yoga and perinatal mental health into one career. I also hold a PhD in Education with a focus on giftedness and talent from the University of Virginia and occasionally provide research and/or consulting services in the field. This is a topic I love to nerd out about and could discuss for hours on end (and definitely have). Don't hesitate to bring it up if you're curious about anything!
When not nursing injuries (or chasing around my toddler), I am an avid runner and enjoy cardio work as another form of moving meditation. Recently I've also picked up stand up paddle boarding at various lakes around the area. I'm easing slowly back into exercise after the birth of my daughter earlier this year.
I’m also a mother to my son Wesley and daughter Vivienne. Wesley was born in December 2019 at 29 weeks via emergency c-section due to HELLP syndrome. We spent 90 days in the NICU, which came along during my yoga teacher training. My daughter was born full term via VBAC in May 2022. Both of these experiences inspired me to offer meditation and movement work to allow space for other parents going through that journey (which like many traumatic experiences really is lifelong).