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Ann Ford

RYT 500 and Yoga Wellness Educator

Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist 

I love helping people move better, with more ease and less/no pain.  You're never too old or need to continue to live in pain or feeling of discomfort.  It's easier when you put your awareness into your movements....

Viktor Frankl said it best…

"Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom."

Move. Strengthen. Heal.


I have been in the Fitness Industry since 1998.
I have been teaching Yoga  and Group Fitness Exercise since 2000.

I teach to all levels of fitness, ages (especially those 55+) and offer options as needed.
Every BODY is welcome in my classes.

My goal is to offer many modalities to ensure my students and clients can move with more ease and live with far less pain.

Become more aware of their mind-body connection.
Improve their Activities of  Daily Living (ADL).

I am available for private sessions (in person/ Mesa area or zoom)
Private Small group training/classes available.

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Who are my typical students and clients?

**I work with those ages 55+ looking to improve their health, activities of daily living and fitness levels.

**They have lived with constant, chronic pain and assume that will be their ‘story’ forever.  I help them change their story.

**They have been to Physical Therapy  and need extra assistance to move and stay out of pain. 

** They are  living with and beyond cancer.  They are currently in treatment or have completed their treatments.    Their programs are tailored to meet their needs- no matter where they're at on their journey. I help them to move and strengthen. Regain their lives again. 


Working with me they have found:

* Healing is always possible and doesn’t have a time limit. 

*You’re never too old to heal. 

*The ‘issues are in your tissues’.   Tissues can change. No matter the age of your body. Your body is constantly changing. 

*Just when you think you know where the pain is,  that’s not the problem. You body is very complex.  I assist with finding out where the pain came from.  You may be surprised! 



My training is quite extensive and I continue to train to add to my skill set.   

These are just a few of my training credentials.


Group Exercise Instructor: AFAA
Functional Aging Group Exercise Specialist: FAI

Registered Yoga Teacher and  Yoga Wellness Educator: 500 hr

Graduating July 2024:    900 hr Yoga Therapist

Cancer Specific:

Cancer Exercise Specialist: CETI

Oncology Yoga:   Yoga 4 Cancer  (Y4C)

KickPink (Breast Cancer) Practitioner  Level 1

Yoga Thrive 

200 Hr: Viniyoga, E-RYT
300 Hr: Yoga Wellness Educator, RYT
Phoenix Rising Yoga


Tai Chi  and Qi Gong 

Begin With Breath:  Crane Level 1 Instructor

Radiant Lotus Women's Qi Gong  Level 1 Instructor



Tai Chi Yoga Fusion

Tai Chi Yoga Flow 


Mind & Body Integration
Hakomi Method
Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy


Rest & Revitalize

R&R Sleep Meditation / Yoga Nidra 


Breath Coach: Yogabody

Move and Feel Better
Change Your Brain, Fascia and Body

Level 1 Educator: Franklin Method
Face, Neck and Shoulders Fascia Trainer

Lower Back Fascia Trainer

Pelvic Floor Fascia Trainer

Level 1 Trainer: Fascial Fitness Academy

 Grab Some Sticks and Have Fun!
Cardio Drumming: Fit Group

Silver Sneakers

Other Modalities

Usui Reiki Level III   Reiki Master 

Cancer Exercise Specialist


Working with a Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist is important to your healing and recovery.

If you are actively in treatment, post treatment or a survivor,  your exercise needs will be different from the standard exercise programs.


Here are a few common scenarios: 

Your doctor tells you to “go work out and get stronger.”

But doesn’t tell you how to safely work out to get stronger.

If you’ve been active before your diagnosis, what happens now? 

What if you weren’t active before your diagnosis? 

Do you go return to your previous activities? Is that safe?

Your body has changed during this cancer journey.  Surgeries, Chemo, Radiation, medication changes your mind and body.

You may have lost strength, flexibility, balance. Perhaps you have ‘chemo brain’ and your memory isn’t the best right now.

What about neuropathy and the potential side effects of lymphedema? 



Working with a Cancer Exercise Specialist is important and the smartest way to regain your health (physically and emotionally) after cancer. 

This is the perfect plan for you:

Every body that has been through cancer is different.  Just as their treatments differ, so does their fitness program. 

 My Role As A

Cancer Exercise Specialist:

I Assist clients to maintain a positive lifestyle behaviors for health promotion.

Improve overall physical health and flexibility.

Correct muscle imbalances.

Prevent / manage lymphedema and other potential side effects of treatments.

Increase Range of Motion (ROM) and correct postural deviations.

Reduce pain and fatigue.

I will work closely with your oncologist and Therapists.  Create the most effective and beneficial program designed for specifically for you.


Must have medical clearance from Doctor prior to first session. 

ANY changes in health requires new medical clearance from Doctor before returning to sessions.

* If you are a cancer survivor 3+ years after last treatment –  Medical clearance not mandatory, Please advise Doctor of new exercise program*

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Have questions?  Want to learn more?

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