Valarie Anderson & Movement for Wellness
I’m a yoga teacher, but really I’m a lover of all movement modalities.
I open heartedly give permission to explore your own physical body through self inquiry.
I’ve devoted most of my life to being curious, always asking why and how; and now even more so about the human body.
When you work with me you can expect to be seen for all your qualities, to feel the physical benefits of our practice together off the mat, and to see the mental fortitude in your daily life.
And you’ll probably be surprised by my corny sense of humor because laughter is your free daily dose of joy.
My work matters because the health and wellness of my community matters.
And I’m here to remind you that we all deserve time to be still and relax, to heal and strengthen, and to laugh (either at me or yourself).
How I Approach Teaching
I lead movement practices with a social wellness intention. After all, a healthier community is the one I want to live in too! Everyone comes to the mat with a variety of health and fitness levels, and we are all susceptible to injury and issue. I want to design classes and private sessions that cater to the needs of the human body, as it walks about life, interacting with family, work, and play. Your journey towards physical, mental, and spiritual wellness matters to me, on and off the mat. I chose the name Movement for Wellness because you can physically and directionally move your way into better health, and it’s a journey for the benefit of our whole community.
I generally teach at a slower pace, so that you have a chance to feel it working throughout while noticing the subtle messages the body speaks. Slower does not have to mean easier. You ultimately choose your pace and repetitions. Controlled steady movement can lead to strength, increased mobility, and expanded body awareness. Uniting your breath with movement brings mindfulness to the mat. I teach to your anatomy, your physiology, and your mind by giving many options, modifications, and permission to take the practice where you need it to go.
The Teacher’s Teachers:
My original vinyasa flow movement and yoga training was presented by Courtney Short and Louise With-Seidelin of The Yoga Mat. There have been many supportive instructors online, to continue my growth as a teacher, business woman, and yoga practitioner. Included here are some of my most influential mentors and friends, some of which I have taken trainings with: Mado Hesselink teaching mentor and friend, Dr. Garrett Neill chiropractor, movement educator, and mobility specialist; Allison Rissel exercise physiologist and pelvic floor specialist, Shannon Crow a teacher’s teacher and pelvic floor specialist, Laurel Beversdorf Body of Knowledge and kinesiology queen, Andrea Ferretti Yogaland podcast and mindful meditations, Lara Heimann physical therapist and movement educator, and Kathryn Bruni-Young mindful strength movement specialist.
Certificates and Continued Education Trainings:
Member of Pelvic Health Professionals, for education, mentorship, training, and professional interaction.
2020 – Yoga for Pelvic Health. 20 hours. Shannon Crow. (September 2020)
Yoga teacher training for pelvic health workshops, movement class series, and private clients. Techniques, training, & practice; Teaching methodology; Anatomy and Physiology.
2020 – Social Justice in Yoga. 10 hours. Kallie Schut of Rebel Yoga Tribe. (July 2020)
Professional Development, structural racism through colonization and healing through yoga.
2020 – Mechanics Masterclass. 3 hours. Derek Cook and Giulia Pline. (In Progress)
Workshop series dedicated to diving deeper into sections of the body: pelvis, pelvis and spine, shoulder. Anatomy and Physiology. Techniques, training, & practice
2020 – Mindful Strength Teacher Immersion. 14 Weeks. Kathryn Bruni-Young & Guests.
Mentorship for movement specialist; Techniques, training and practice; Anatomy and Physiology, pain care management and strength training.
2020 – Cross Fade. 16 Weeks. Caitlin Casella.
Mentorship for movement specialist; Techniques, training and practice; Anatomy and Physiology, Body of Knowledge and kinesiology.
2019 – Teacher Masterminds. 12 Weeks. Mado Hesselink.
Teaching Methodology & Business; mentorship for business and methodology.
2019 – Myofacial and Pelvic Health. 10 Hours. Meghan Gaspers.
Theory, application, and practice of myofascial yoga for pelvic health; Techniques, training, & practice; Teaching methodology; Anatomy and Physiology.
2019 – Teaching Yoga for the Pelvic Floor. 8 Hours. Allison Rissel.
Techniques, training, & practice; Teaching methodology; Anatomy and Physiology.
2018 – Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle & Ethics. 60 Hours. Christie Hall.
Text: Introduction to the Yoga Sutras of Pantajali. Course work, reading, commentary papers, and class participation.
2018 – Teaching Methodology. 15 Hours. Paisley Close.
Voice, language, and cues; Observation; Props and adjustments; Sequencing and themes.
2016 – Registered Yoga Teacher. 200 Hour. Yoga Alliance.
Teaching methodology; Anatomy and physiology; Vinyasa movement; Yoga philosophy.
I moved to Ten Sleep, Wyoming to slow down my pace of life. Originally from California I was raised to love camping, fishing, and the outdoors. Rock climbing and running are my favorites ways to enjoy nature. Over the years both activities led to small injuries due to imbalances in my body. I began practicing physical yoga to heal and restore my body, and to my surprise found mental harmony with the deeper Yoga. I love to teach those beginning their movement journey, or continuing their practice even after years of being off the mat. Now I own and manage the Ten Sleep Rock Ranch with my husband and climbing partner, where we host campers from all over the world.
“Yoga is for the body, the mind, and the spirit. It’s for health, wellness, and humanity. It’s for you, if you are ready to try something new and learn more about yourself.”
I came to yoga as many do, broken. The toll of being an athlete was hitting me hard, and my body hurt. I’d been told yoga could cure what ails me, and that I should at least give it a try. What I was not prepared for was everything non-physical that it revealed and helped to heal. There were personal wounds to unravel, and self doubt to over come. I felt frail from core to cover. Yoga showed me a path back to wholeness, but most importantly it guided me over the treacherous terrain that lay ahead. As new road blocks appeared I found myself better equipped to handle what life tossed at me, and discovered how much I am resilient. Succumbing to emotions, sitting with the sensations, and unpacking the lessons was a generous gift from yoga that I benefit from daily. Not everyone experiences Yoga this way. Some come to it for general fitness and quiet time. Others find comfort and solace with their personal practice. One of the special gems of Yoga is the individual approach and experience we all can have with it, and at different ages and stages of our lives. It’s your practice.
“You do you.”
What People “Say”
“I love your slow class. It helps my mind unwind and feels great.”J.R.
“I love how you are constantly taking time to learn on your own then share it all with us.”P.T.
“You are a gentle but skillful guide to helping us become aware of our minds and bodies in this unique yoga experience.”P.R.