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Anne Dean first sought out a regular yoga practice when she was going through the throes of a tumultuous relationship. When the relationship later ended, her yoga practice did not, and a piece of her heart forever remained on the floor of that studio. She was smitten and immediately decided to do a teacher training. She earned her 200 hour yoga teacher training through Barefoot Works Yoga in Lexington, Kentucky in 2010 and is a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance. Anne Dean teaches regularly at Barefoot Works Yoga, the YMCA on High Street, and is the founder of West Sixth Yoga, a free community class that meets every week in the beer garden at West Sixth Brewery in Lexington.

Anne Dean believes that practicing and teaching yoga keeps her grounded in who she is. Whether there is tension in your shoulder, in your brain, or in your heart, Anne Dean is a firm believer that yoga teaches us to breathe, to find stillness, to listen in, and to make space. Her group classes are always accompanied by carefully crafted music mixes and more often than not, humor. She reminds her students that they already have the tools they need and that yoga is the perfect outlet to access their own good as well as an intention on what really matters.

When Anne Dean is not teaching yoga, she is a Senior Acquisitions Editor at the University Press of Kentucky. She savors moments with her husband and their two cats, whether they are cooking in the kitchen or snuggled on the couch watching Breaking Bad. You will also find her hanging out in boat pose or in savasana covered in cats, at an occasional Barre class, reading a book, making music mixes for those she loves, drinking a pint at the local brewery, or power-walking through Lexington, her most favorite city in the world.

"Teaching yoga reminds me that I am forever a student and that my students are often the teachers. Yoga is meeting your own body where it is that day or in that moment and meeting your students where they are that day as well." -Anne Dean