Experiences that will change your life.
Ann Dyer Cervantes

Ann Dyer Cervantes


Ann Dyer Cervantes

Past Retreats

One Spot Left

Yoga & Culture in Morocco  

One Room Left

Yoga in Sicilia!  

Ann Dyer Cervantes

Ann Dyer Cervantes
Ann Dyer Cervantes reconnects her students to the innate pleasure of moving their bodies for classes that bring joy as well as results. Her teaching —  grounded in her beginnings in Iyengar Yoga, a degree in dance, and the study of somatics — inspires and integrates the body, heart, and mind while keeping her students safe. Classes often include chant, breathwork, and meditation for a complete yoga practice. Her teaching in international retreats draws inspiration from the art, poetry, music, and spiritual traditions of the local culture for an exceptionally deep, memorable retreat experience.  Ann is the Owner/Director of Mountain Yoga in Oakland. She has led international yoga retreats for over 20 years.

Years Teaching

20 + years


Vinyasa, Iyengar, chanting, and meditation


You, yoga, art, and life



What inspired you to teach yoga?

Yoga came to my rescue at a time in my life in which I was quite lost and desperate for some direction. It began with awakening a new experience of my body and led to a greater understanding of myself and how I move through life. I feel blessed that over the years I have had the opportunity to bring this practice that has benefitted me so greatly to so many others.

Who are your most influential teachers?

Anyone who has tried my patience

How would you describe your style?

Whatever works. In all seriousness, I see the capacity for the yogic power of transformation in many practices—be it martial arts or tango dancing—and draw freely from them as needed. That said, I have a deep respect for the traditional yogic teachings and enjoy connecting them to contemporary concerns and ideas.

Why do you feel retreats are transformational?

In the words of neuro-scientist Jonah Lehrer, “We travel because we need to, because distance and difference are the secret tonic of creativity. ​When we get home, home is still the same. But something in our mind has changed, and that changes everything.” ​

What is your favorite pose to teach?

Savasana, of course!

What is your favorite pose to practice?

Squats. I believe they are the fountain of youth.

What are your favorite places to travel?

Places where I can be close to the people who live there: see how they live, smell their cooking, hear their voices, participate in their customs


A. Willmer, India

Wonderful and thoughtful trip—from the beginning, where many unknowns exist, Michelle and Stephanie were very good at explaining and encouraging timely preparation and planning for every step. Then landing in India and experiencing being taken care of right from the start, as you step out of the airport—this was such a relief and comfort! The Sights and Sounds trip was truly a transformative vacation, and I feel it was because of the wonderful partnership between International Yoga; our Yoga teacher, Ann Dyer; and Mayank, our wonderful Indian guide and friend. Thank you everyone for letting us into your lives and truly giving your love and attention to making this an exquisite life experience.