Ann Swanson, MS, C-IAYT, LMT, E-RYT500


Ann Swanson is a certified yoga therapist and author of Science of Yoga, which is being translated into over 10 languages. She helps people safely and effectively manage stress and relieve chronic pain—like back pain or arthritis. In a convenient telehealth format, Ann makes the tools of yoga and mindfulness non-intimidating and accessible world-wide, especially to people who feel like they can’t do yoga or their mind is too busy to meditate.

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Long Bio:

Ann is a certified yoga therapist, speaker, and author of Science of Yoga which is being translated to over 10 languages. She is part heart-based healer and part science nerd. Ann supports people in being healthier and more joyful. She does this by making yoga and wellness non-intimidating and accessible, especially those who feel like they can't do yoga. With a Master of Science in yoga therapy and roots studying yoga in India and tai chi/qi gong China, Ann uniquely applies cutting-edge research to mind-body practices while maintaining the heart of the traditions. She internationally speaks and teaches on the science supporting yoga’s benefits to both the public and in yoga teacher training programs. In her private practice, Ann specializes in helping busy people worldwide relieve pain (like from back pain or arthritis), manage stress, and find ease through one-on-one telehealth yoga therapy.

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Credentials Defined:

MS: Master of Science in Yoga Therapy from Maryland University of Integrative Health • C-IAYT: Certified Yoga Therapist • LMT: Licensed Massage Therapist • E-RYT500: Experienced Yoga Teacher • YACEP: Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider

Areas of Focus:

Chronic Pain Relief • Yoga and Wellness for Arthritis • Accessible Yoga • Office Yoga • Chair Yoga • Research Science Supporting Yoga • Neuroplasticity + Mindfulness

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My Mission:

I guide people to understand and experience the profound benefits of yoga and mind-body practices. I believe that simple practices with ancient roots can be modernized to be non-intimidating, practical, and accessible to anyone, anywhere. Ultimately, I empower people to transform their own lives.

My Vision:

I envision a world where we are kind to ourselves & each other. When we fall, we get back up with grace & resilience. We face challenges with curiosity, creativity, & courage. We constantly remind ourselves that perfection is a mathematical concept, not a human concept. In my world, we all feel confident, joyful, & free enough to dance in our kitchens like nobody’s watching.

Articles by Ann

Ann is available to write articles on yoga and wellness.
Click the images below to see some samples of her work.

Podcast Interviews with Ann

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Changing the face of Yoga with Ann Swanson

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Ann Swanson on Flow artists