Annie Marcum received her 200-hr yoga teaching certification in September of 2012. Since then she has been studying and learning from different teachers throughout the country and abroad. She found iRest, a research-based transformative practice of deep relaxation and meditative inquiry, in November of 2015 after a personal traumatic experience, and has been so grateful for the events in her life that brought her to this practice.
iRest has shown Annie the immense peace, stillness and ease that lies within, that is untouched by the traumatic experiences of life and can always be accessed. She is currently in the iRest certification process, with hopes to be fully certified in 2018.
Where are you from? I am from Ohio, outside of Cinncinati.
How long have you lived in Athens? Since 2007
What’s your passion? My passion is to be an example of love and kindness in the world and to see that in others—to bridge a connection of love and kindness.
Favorite book? Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
Favorite movie? Harold and Maude
Favorite restaurant? Donna Chang’s
When did you start practicing yoga and why?
I started in 2007 when I went to UGA. A friend invited me at a gym. I went but I wasn’t into it, but when I went to a yoga studio I really liked it.
What’s your favorite yoga style?
I don’t know if I have one. I love all of them but I am most consistent with meditation.
How long have you taught yoga? What inspired you to teach?
I’ve taught for six years. My inspiration was Cathy Jackson; she is an incredible human and teacher. My first class was with her was in 2010. My other inspiration is that I wanted to give back to the world and teaching yoga is a way to do it.
What’s your advice to someone who is new to yoga?
Go for it. Don’t think too hard about it. Don’t be scared. It’s about you and your body. As long as your comfortable with it, keep going.
What is your favorite pose?
I don’t know that I have one. For me, yoga doesn’t have to be about a pose, so my favorite pose is the experience.
What’s your favorite class to teach at M3? Favorite to take?
I love teaching Vinyasa, and I love to take Rocket classes.
What do you enjoy most about M3?
I enjoy the community aspect of M3.