About Us


Annie Barker and Christian Smith, founders of Yoga Bär Studio, at the time of opening, had a combined 61 years of experience as practitioners in the healing arts. Originally from Los Angeles, they practiced and taught in The United States, the United Kingdom and Germany. They moved to the Schöneweide neighbourhood of Berlin in 2017 and practiced bodywork in their praxis, Forest of Arden Healing Arts. In 2021, they opened a small self-massage and yoga product store called Yoga Bär Box, and have opened this studio Yoga Bär Studio in 2022.  

Yoga Bär Studio continues in Memoriam and is dedicated to Christian Smith (15/06/1963- 06/08/2022).


Our Teachers


Annie Barker

Annie is a bodyworker and yoga teacher and has been studying yoga since she was a teenager including Kundalini, Iyengar, Anusara, Hatha, Yin and Restorative Yoga styles. She also studied dance for many years, and has worked in the performing arts – acting and music –  since childhood. Starting in 2000, Annie trained in bodywork at the Massage School of Santa Monica, the Upledger Institute, The Barral Institute, and the Chikly Institute. She is qualified in structural bodywork, relaxation massage, Aromatherapy, Cranioscaral Therapy, Lymph Drainage, Visceral Manipulation, Thai massage, Pregnancy Massage, Hot Stone Massage and Bodymind Integration. Annie is a 200-hour certified yoga teacher. Annie has studied Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Kung Fu at the Taoist Institute, Los Angeles.

Aurelia Speigner

Aurelia is a 200h yoga teacher specialising in Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin yoga. After many years of horseback riding, she found yoga to be the only thing that helped her regain balance and healing in her body. She brings this experience along with a background in architecture to her teaching where she aims to create the possibilities for her students to find harmony and space within themselves through yoga.


Eleni is a 200h certified yoga teacher and occupational therapist. Her style in teaching creative sequences in Vinyasa Yoga blends flexible adjustments and clear instruction to her calm and centered approach. She is passionate about sharing stress management, breathing exercises, and the holistic path to health that yoga has to offer.


Lise is a 600h trained Yoga teacher with a focus on Vinyasa and Yin Yoga. She has loved and practiced Yoga for many years and lives by the assumptions of yoga every day. She has a passion to pass on her knowledge and love of yoga because she believes Yoga is and should be made accessible to every body. She loves a balanced Vinyasa flow with a handful of Yin poses and meditation for relaxation.
Lise brings a medical understanding of the body and function with her background as a nurse, using this knowledge to keep her students safe ensuring an enjoyable yoga practice.


Nicole is a certified 200h Yoga and Meditation teacher, as well as a Reiki and Lomi Lomi Nui practitioner. She has studied at the Sivananda ashrams in India and Austria – with specialisation in Hatha, Yin Yoga, meditation and breathwork. Her sessions are woven from the heart, infused with various sounds offering relaxing, peaceful and restorative experiences.


Tillma is a yoga teacher with nearly 20 years of experience. She completed her yoga training at Spirit Yoga in Berlin and has taken workshops with Anna Forrest and Max Strom . Her yoga classes are characterized by the combination of meditative elements with strength-building. Tillma sees yoga as a tool for personal development, spiritual growth, and maintaining her body’s health.

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