Annie Okerlin, C-iRest®, C-IAYT, has been an adaptive yoga teacher since 1999. While owning Yogani Studios in Tampa, FL she began the Exalted Warrior Foundation supporting the seen and unseen injuries of our service members with amputations, those with orthopedic poly-trauma, traumatic brain and spinal-cord injuries, PTS, and depression. Annie is a Certified iRest® teacher and uses this modality in a military setting with active duty & Veteran service members on a daily basis. She is grateful that her practice supports her being the best mom she can be to her son.
Annie has been a yoga teacher since deciding to deepen her practice in 1999 by becoming a certified Bikram Yoga Instructor. Within three weeks she knew teaching yoga was her passion in life and Yogani Studios, Tampa became the home for it. In 2001 she did a 200 hour teacher training with Shiva Rea. Annie’s energy and compassion have led her to working with everyone from professional athletes, home makers and those of different abilities. In 2005 Annie began a new path of working with wounded warriors. This path became official with the birth of Exalted Warrior Foundation in 2010 with Annie continuing to teach to all the wounded populations throughout military and Veterans hospitals. Annie designed the program to support the seen and unseen wounded populations; including amputees, burn victims, and those with orthopedic poly-trauma, traumatic brain and spinal-cord injuries, PTSD, and depression. Annie and EWF support nationwide programs assisting the re-integration of the wounded back into civilian life, and have begun documenting best-practices to present in teacher training programs. As one of the nation’s leading experts on Adaptive Yoga, Annie teaches nationally and internationally with Warriors at Ease and Annie is a Human Performance expert for 02x presenting yoga, sleep, resiliency & iRest Yoga Nidra to tactical athletes & first responders nationwide. In addition to her extensive yoga training and experience, Annie is a certified iRest® teacher. Annie has the remarkable gift of helping her students meet challenges and conquer “fears” both in their yoga practice and in life. Annie helps her students see that their body holds a road map of their life; moments of joy, success and celebration are mixed with injuries, illness and emotional concerns – all held within our bodies. Annie enables her students to discover and grow, gaining in confidence, wisdom and patience. Annie leads teacher trainings, workshops & retreats worldwide for everyone!