Meet The Team

Anne-Marie Pearson

Anne-Marie completed her first 200-hour teacher training back in 2012 and since then has taught in London, India and Thailand before returning to her hometown of Wigton, Cumbria.

 

In-between travels, Anne-Marie has dedicated much of her time to her own continued personal and professional development, undertaking a 12 month mentorship with Dylan Ayaloo, Yoga therapy training at Yogacampus in London, Integrated Healing and Thai Massage Training with Dr Kamaraj, Yin training with Cynthia Naydini, Functional Anatomy and Forrest Yoga CET with Jambo Truong and Yoga Bodyworkers 1 & 2 with Jambo Truong and Brian Campbell.

 

In amongst all the supplemental training she has also manged to rack up over 3000 hours of teaching time.

Anna Blair

I completed my first teacher training in 2016, and have been teaching in Cumbria since. I enjoy learning and regularly dedicate time to continuing education, I have completed further training including Yin & Restorative and most recently Sustainable Yoga.

 

My classes draw on the different elements of the knowledge I have gained through my different training's alongside my own personal practice. I particularly enjoy delivering classes which are supportive to the body and mind.

Yoga to me is the opportunity for my mind and body to be in the same place at the same time, an opportunity to be present, to build connections, to be inquisitive and explore the connections between body, mind, movement, breath and stillness, and taking all of this into every day life.

My aim of my classes is to help you feel good! I believe yoga is for everyone. In my classes expect a warm welcome, to move in a variety of different ways, some fun aspects of challenge, build some strength, work on your balance and time to find some stillness.

Martyn Blacklock

Martyn works as a counsellor and yoga teacher, using both disciplines to support others and find his own sense of fulfilment in life, a large part of this is through the work he does.

 

He is passionate about teaching yoga that is suitable for all levels, even terrified beginners, but with enough variations offered to ensure that even an experienced practitioner will be able to feel the challenge they require. His aim is to create a non-judgemental, warm, welcoming and inclusive experience while on the yoga mat to foster self exploration and integration of body, mind, breath and spirit; in the safe space of his classes you will be able to create new ways of being with yourself to allow space for any required healing and transformation off the mat. He is particularly encouraging of having fun wherever possible and bringing enthusiasm to this wonderful life we have been given while doing the hard work of finding peace.
 

Emily Whiteford

As soon as I started practising yoga in a dedicated intentional way, I completely fell in love with it and everything it brings to my life. 


Since my teaching training in 2019, I have been teaching classes and developing not only my teaching but also my own practise. I really enjoy creating a calm, welcoming and inclusive atmosphere when I teach, and being able to learn along with everyone who comes to my classes is such a privilege. 
After finishing university and not feeling like I had a clear path or view of my future, my mental and physical health were both suffering. Yoga came into my life in such a healing way and gave me a sense of self during an uneasy and unclear part of my life.


Before I found yoga, I had convinced myself that I was just not strong or confident enough for any sort of active lifestyle, but I now feel strong and connected in my body and mind. It took me a long time to realise that investing in yourself is one of the most important things you can do with your time. 
I love to be able to share this with others, and leave them feeling a little more at peace within their lives- helping them to let go of expectation and criticism, and instead be present in their bodies.
I take pride in the fact that I’m still learning and improving, and loving every minute. 

Laura Armitage

I completed my first teacher training in 2019 with Anne-Marie here in Cumbria. I regularly teach at Evolve as well as attending classes and workshops there myself. 


 

I have been practicing yoga since I was 18, when my school began a sixth-form only class at lunchtimes. I really enjoyed the focus and relaxation I experienced from a yoga class especially during exam time!


 

Following a degree in Outdoor Leadership and many years as an outdoor instructor, I have developed a fascination with the human body, how it moves and what it’s capable of. I enjoy coaching people of all ages in class, especially watching people surprise themselves when they realise how you don’t have to be super bendy or inspector gadget to be able to do yoga. I firmly believe that yoga is for everyone. 

Amelia Loulli

Amelia has been practising yoga in one form or another since she was seventeen. She is a poet, actor, and mother who did her yoga teacher training in Cumbria in 2018.

 

For her yoga is a reminder of what’s possible when we continually show up for our ourselves and our practice. It’s a way to be comforted and grounded in familiarity as well as surprised by our own strength and perseverance. Her classes incorporate these elements as well as the power of joyful movement, music and words - sometimes even a poem or two.

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