ABOUT ME

I’m Anne and in 2021 I started Friendship Yoga and Wellbeing. I have a lifelong enthusiasm for hiking and passion for all things yoga.  I wanted to bring yoga and hiking together and offer events, workshops and classes.  

Hiking since a toddler

From a very early age my parents took me walking, spending most weekends out with the local rambling club, often in the beautiful Peak District, or further afield on longer weekends and holidays to the Yorkshire Dales, Lake District, Scotland, the Alps or Norway. I was only 11 when I did my first long distance walk, the Coast to Coast, followed by many more in Northern England and Scotland.

As an adult I continued that passion with holidays hiking in the European alps, along the GR routes such as Tour du Mont Blanc, Chamonix to Zermatt Haute route, GR5 and the tough Swiss Alpine Pass Route. In 2003/04 I travelled the world and hiked in the North American Rockies, Canadian Rockies, Australia and Tasmania, New Zealand and possibly the pinnacle of all treks, the Annapurna Circuit and Everest Base Camp trek.

However, I still don’t think you can beat a good ramble in the Peak District. Walking in the countryside is so beneficial for mental and physical wellbeing and I find, is always so restorative to mind and soul.

In 2022 I  successfully completed the Hill and Moorland Leadership course, which enables me to lead walks in the places I find so beautiful and share the benefits that come with walking in beautiful places.

Yoga is in my soul

I tried yoga on and off for many years and never seemed to find the right teacher or yoga class. In 2017 that all changed when I tried a new Yoga studio in Beeston, Nottingham.  The class was amazing and my body and mind felt so nourished and grounded. After a few months I started to explore different styles of yoga at the studio and found the variety in Yin, Hatha and Vinyasa were wonderful and I experienced a positive shift and spaciness in my mind, body and spirit (on and off the mat).

Yoga has become an essential part of my daily life and my self practice is very important.  It gives me a sense of peace, harmony and confidence in my life.  While I still attend local yoga classes I also follow teachers from around the UK/world.

Following my love and passion around all things yoga, in August 2021 I completed the Yoga Alliance 200 hours vinyasa flow teacher training course and started leading yoga classes in my local area in September 2021.

My 5 main values as a yoga teacher are:

  • Be kind and show compassion
  • Keep all students safe
  • Positive language with students
  • Share the wonderful magic of yoga
  • Cater for all experience levels, beginners to experienced

I would like to say a big thank you to Veronica Layunta-Maurel for introducing me to the beauty and richness of yoga.  You are an amazing teacher and such a kind and beautiful person.

When I’m not doing yoga or hiking, you will find me running around my local area and chasing sunsets.

Qualifications/courses 

  • 200hr Vinyasa teacher training
  • 40hr  Yin yoga teacher training – Norman Blair 
  • Meditation Intensive course – Judith Hanon Laster
  • Art of  Sequencing course – Jason Crandell
  • Mindfulness Course MBSR – Mindfulness Project
  • Mindfulness in the Workplace – British Mindfulness Academy
  • Online Mindfulness training to Transform your life – Jack Kornfield & Tara Brach
  • Hill and Moorland Leader – Mountain training 
  • Outdoor First Aid course 16 hours
  • Registered Nurse qualified in 1994 (still practising in Occupational Health)

  • Diploma in Person Centred Therapy