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.

Annie Hackwell

Annie Hackwell is a qualified Barre and Level 3 Pilates instructor and has been teaching for over 4 years.


She passionately teaches Pilates and Barre in Cumbria and Scotland.
After many years working in fashion up and down the country she decided to quit her day job after becoming affected severely by anxiety and depression. Inspired by the classes she took at one of London's best studios, Frame, she felt a journey into health and fitness could aid her treatment and recovery.


With a deep interest in anatomy and the mind body connection she teaches a variety of classes always focusing on quality movement and connection with the breath.


She prides herself on making sure everyone feels capable and welcome in her classes which are open to all levels and abilities and delivers fun and challenging classes always with a smile on her face which is one of the many reasons she has such dedicated attendees.

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.

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. 

Helen Townend

Helen is our residient PiYo instructor. Join her on a Sunday morning for high energy, sweaty fun!

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