Ann Barros is a senior Iyengar yoga instructor with over 40 years’ experience teaching yoga classes and leading workshops worldwide. Ann first studied with BKS Iyengar in India in 1976 and he personally guided her in curing her scoliosis. In 1980, she received her certification from the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco and returned to study in India. Later that year, she visited Bali for the first time. She never imagined that this beautiful Indonesian island would become her second home.
Yoga in Bali
Since 1985, Ann has led 70+ Yoga in Bali retreats and has formed lifetime bonds in the Ubud region of Bali. She has returned to her beloved Bali annually to lead numerous teacher training programs and workshops.
Now focusing on small groups and privates, Ann’s work has distilled into a personal and highly individualized approach to sharing her wealth of information in the art of teaching and practicing Iyengar yoga. Students who join her special Yoga in Bali retreats develop a solid foundation and understanding of yoga poses and an education of traditional Bali, gaining a deep insight into those unique places.
A resident of Santa Cruz, California, Ann has owned and operated her own yoga studio in the Iyengar tradition since 1993.
5 Fun Facts About Ann
• Original teacher and Bali guide to author Elizabeth Gilbert who mentions Ann in her bestselling book, Eat, Pray, Love
• Led over 70 Yoga in Bali tours
• Taught workshops in Singapore, Jamaica, Greece, Mexico, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and China
• Hired to teach yoga for 5 years at the University of California, Santa Cruz and introduced the Iyengar tradition to the Santa Cruz community
• Earned a B.A. in dance from UCSC
With four decades’ experience working with students, Ann has become an expert on body mechanics. She works one-on-one with chiropractic patients to guide them in the stabilization phase of recovery from surgery or injury. Ann’s extensive case histories document how she helps people — to help themselves – move towards pain-free living and sometimes even avoid surgery.
Ann’s teaching approach is compassionate, yet challenging, with emphasis on precise and careful alignment of the joints for the greatest freedom, strength and flexibility, balance in the body, quieting of the mind and soaring of the spirit.
The combination of Ann’s dance background and love of art, music, yoga and Hinduism has culminated in Ann’s creating a wonderfully balanced lifestyle and tour program.
Ann gratefully acknowledges her teacher, Shri BKS Iyengar.