Three Ways to Get Started


My Account

Tel: 239-936-6940

What's Holding You Back? An Ancient Approach to Overcoming Obstacles

This class is taught by:

Anna Withrow

I am very blessed to have studied with extraordinary teachers and enjoy sharing the dynamic, living tradition of yoga with my students, as I grow into it in my own practice. My approach to yoga is fun, encouraging, and exploratory. I love to combine the spontaneity and intuitive feeling of moving with the breath with the integrity and deep self-knowledge that arises from an alignment-focused practice. Integrating elements of yoga philosophy and practical wisdom, ultimately I hope to guide students in a practice that leads to remembering that we are more than our physical bodies and that we are perfect as we are. If you are present and breathing, I can’t help but think you’re totally amazing, no matter what shape your body is making. I am honored by each student who practices with me and recognize you as my greatest teachers.


According to an ancient text, the Yoga Sutra, the causes of our suffering can be traced to common roots called the kleshas. The Sutra is imminently applicable to the demands of modern life, whether you have ever done a downward dog or not. Obstacles and problems that are very real right now may be more about our minds than the times in which we live.
For this reason, teachings like the kleshas have stood the test of time, giving us an understanding of how we may be contributing to our own mental suffering, or in modern terms, how we are getting in our own way. In this workshop, we will explore the five kleshas - ignorance, ego, attachment, aversion, and fear - how they create mental obstacles and how we can use this knowledge to move forward in life, creating new, healthier understandings and patterns of behavior.
Eligible for 3 CEUs for Yoga Alliance.