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Welcome to Smiling Heart Yoga


If you are pursuing your authentic self, then you have found the right place. If you want to love bigger, forgive quicker,  and experience deeper-- yoga is for YOU!   I want to  help you connect the dots between your mind and the inherent dignity in your HEART.   Our Hearts are smiling; we just need to practice the tools that tap us in to love alive inside.

MY GOAL IS TO EMPOWER YOU TO TRANSFORM YOUR Life, one joy-filled day at a time!!! I always loved Jesus but I've learned just how much He adores us!!
Photo by Robert Sturman

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Welcome to Smiling Heart Yoga


If you are pursuing your authentic self, then you have found the right place. If you want to love bigger, forgive quicker,  and experience deeper-- yoga is for YOU!   I want to  help you connect the dots between your mind and the inherent dignity in your HEART.   Our Hearts are smiling; we just need to practice the tools that tap us in to love alive inside.

MY GOAL IS TO EMPOWER YOU TO TRANSFORM YOUR Life, one joy-filled day at a time!!! I always loved Jesus but I've learned just how much He adores us!!
Photo by Robert Sturman

Smiling heart yoga - What's in a name?

'Why they always look so serious in Yoga? You make serious face like this, you scare away good energy. To meditate, only you must smile. Smile with face, smile with mind, and good energy will come to you and clean away dirty energy. Even smile in your liver. Not to hurry, not to try too hard. Too serious, you make you sick. You can call in the good energy with a smile.'

Balinese Healer

Eat, Pray, Love

Photo by: 
Nick Antony

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About Me


"May you have just as much fire as you need today. May it burn away anything that doesn’t serve you. May the spark that’s left in your heart be wildly contagious—may you set the world on fire."  YOGA practice can transform negative emotions into LIFE-GIVING energy!!

 - Unknown

About Me


"May you have just as much fire as you need today. May it burn away anything that doesn’t serve you. May the spark that’s left in your heart be wildly contagious—may you set the world on fire."  YOGA practice can transform negative emotions into LIFE-GIVING energy!!

 - Unknown

Practice with Anita and connect to the stability of your soul and the flow of your spirit, untie the knots of daily stress, and leave with a deep experience of calm.

MY GOAL IS TO Empower students to transform their own day or how they live their life.

Anita creates a safe place in which students can: practice yoga and meditation, let go of all judgment and distraction, and release  self-doubt. 

 Anita is excited  to marry the Eastern mindfulness practices with the Western Christian message of transformation and grace.  Jesus came to earth in a human body and his birth has changed history more than any other human being. And yet, there is this enormous piece missing from our prayer and faith practices-- the BODY.  

Anita began her love affair with yoga 10 years ago to ease extreme mood swings and IBS. She has enjoyed sharing the gift for over 7 years teaching in home settings, businesses, prisons, gyms, studios, and churches. She's known for her impassioned servant's heart, unique self-expression, and inspirational style of teaching that incorporates both the physical and grace-filled aspects of the practice.  Anita feels strongly that as much as we may understand our connection to G O D intellectually, there is a piece of the deep, abiding love and forgiveness that is enhanced when this is embodied, as in yoga.  Personally, her healing continues as there was a time not too long ago where she was medicating for IBS, PMDD, and sleeplessness. Last year she added seated mindfulness meditation as a daily practice and dubs this time with her Divine Therapist and has found it the perfect grounding and centering start to the day.  

Anita lives in NJ with her husband, two teenagers and golden retriever, Sierra.  They live by the family mantra, "Either everything is a MIRACLE or nothing is!"

Her classes integrate dynamic vinyasa flow asana (linking movement with breath) with the application of  alignment, meditation, poetry, and prayer to create an inner journey towards healing, transformation and empowerment.   Each of us is a unique expression of God's creation and Anita acknowledges that finding one's gifts, passions, and voice are key in sharing with the world in a rewarding and meaningful way. 

BACKGROUND EDUCATION

In another life Anita graduated with a business degree from UD and was a commercial banker. She is grateful for the opportunity to reinvent herself!!
Anita completed her 200 hours with Beyond Asana's Maura Manzo and Brittany Policastro in 2014. This training included a service project partnering with buildOn and laying the foundation for a school in Malawi. This unique aspect of her YTT fits beautifully with her mission and purpose and is the primary reason Anita chose to study with these incredible teachers.

Honored to also have trained with James Fox, Prison Yoga Project, Sianna Sherman and Desiree Rumbaugh, Simon Park, Seane Corn and her home studios Yogawood and Pacific Yoga.

Anita’s unique voice can be heard on Elephant Journal, Women's Spiritual Poetry, YogiTimes, Rebelle Society and has appeared in Mantra magazine. She was  a featured instructor at a DC Trans4m National Gathering on Urban Transformation.

Her favorite place of all to teach has been at the Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs NC these past two summers!!

Anita is known for her brave approach to writing and teaching through sharing her personal struggles on her road to wholeness and success. 

 

All fitness levels and age groups are welcome.

 

Grace can just as easily be found at the top of the inhale as at the bottom of the exhale: meaning she adamantly believes that humans shouldn’t be defined by transgressions; rather, by the grace with which they overcome adversity. 

Anita spends each morning with her furry friend, Sierra greeting the day in the stillness of this meadow. 

Anita spends each morning with her furry friend, Sierra greeting the day in the stillness of this meadow. 

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Expand! Grow! Serve!




Photo by: Nick Antony

Expand! Grow! Serve!




Photo by: Nick Antony

Sacred service: Anita has been volunteering weekly for several years at both Urban Promise in Camden, NJ and the Philadelphia Federal Detention Center. 

Mountain Yoga Retreat


Mountain Yoga Retreat


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Join a small group of women and Anita Grace Brown, yoga + meditation teacher  for a rejuvenating weekend in the Pocono Mountains!!  October 6, 7 and 8-- arrival approximately 2pm on Friday and departure 2pm on Sunday.

 

Picture yourself waking up in this tranquil setting on Deer Lake where your activities for the day are simply- yoga, laughter, connection, a hike (or not!) and a nice meal with a wonderful group of ladies.  You can settle into a lounge chair at the lake’s edge and read a book, bird watch, or share stories around the fire pit while the sun sets.

• 4 yoga practices and daily mediation – slow flow, gentle and restorative (appropriate for all levels, even beginners)
• Nature walk/hiking
• Down time for whatever your heart and soul needs-- journaling etc.

 

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• 4 yoga practices and daily mediation – slow flow, gentle and restorative (appropriate for all levels, even beginners)
• Nature walk/hiking and bonfire on the beautiful grounds
• Down time for whatever your heart and soul needs

PLEASE BRING:

  • Hiking Clothes
  • Water Bottle
  • Notebook and Pen
  • yoga mat

PRICES & SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS:

Queen bed shared with yours truly!!  $315

Four twins in two bedrooms-- each bed $345

Lower level room for 3 people in twins-- each bed $345

Price includes dinner Friday, 3 meals Saturday and breakfast and lunch Sunday.  Coffee, tea, light snacks. You'll leave refreshed and have many tools for daily practice to keep the peaceful attitude once you're back home.

 

You can email me at Lukerebecca@comcast.net, call my cell 609-792-9002, or mail a deposit to 612 S. Park drive Haddon Twp NJ 08108