Ann has a great depth of experience stretching back over 37 years. Ann showed an avid interest in sports at a very young age, achieving regional status and showing a particular flair for gymnastics where she went on to compete for Great Britain in 1979.
Ann is a fully qualified Fitness & Group Exercise Coach and started up her own fitness studio in Blackburn, Lancashire in 1986. Ann relocated to Cumbria in 2000 and began teaching Fitness and Personal Training as well as working within the NHS for 13 years as a specialist stop smoking adviser. In 2013, Ann re-qualified as a level 3 Personal Trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and took an interest in Holistic Therapy, going on to qualify as a Reiki practitioner in 2016 and starting her business ‘Eclipse Holistics’.
Ann continues to teach group exercise classes within a popular fitness club and practice a varied treatment schedule from a warm and relaxing purpose-built treatment room near her home in Low Cotehill, situated on the perimeter of the family’s working farm. Ann loves the country life, and likes nothing better than getting down and dirty in lambing season!
For me, Yoga is all about connections: connections with the breath, body, mind and spirit. In a world that is so focused on what happened in the past and what might happen in the future, we are often taken out of the present moment. When we focus on the breath and movement, we are brought into the present and there is where we can find peace and calm.
The human body and mind are capable of incredible things, by practising yoga we can build the confidence to explore what we are capable of, both physically and mentally.
It is also the means by which we can practice both acceptance and courage.
I completed my 200hr Teacher Training at The Yoga Studio, Carlisle in 2019, focusing on the functional approach to hatha yoga. This works on the assumption that every single body is unique, which means each yoga posture will feel and look different for every individual. With this in mind, yoga should always be about how it feels, not just about what it looks like. Yoga should be enjoyable and leave you feeling restored and happy! That’s always what I aim to achieve for my students when I teach.
Gemma has nine years’ experience working with children and is extremely passionate about children’s wellbeing. Her MiniMe Yoga sessions provide an opportunity for children to explore their emotions, whilst having fun and finding their inner self-belief!!
Each week Gemma will help your children work through their unique mini me yoga poses, play and have lots of fun with mindfulness games and activities!! Great for building children’s self-esteem, boosting confidence and managing emotions!!
Alex Carruthers has fifteen and a half years of dance training under her belt, specialising in ballet, modern and contemporary. She believes dance will improve your flexibility, confidence and teamwork.
Meditation plays a big role in Sammy’s life, she goes on a retreat at least once a year and has 25 yrs experience which began under the tutelage of a student of Chogyam Trungpa (Buddhist meditation master and author of The Myth of Freedom), and this includes Taoist meditation. She has also practised mindfulness for over 20 years. Sammy completed her 200hrs Yoga Teacher Training with Sonja Appel, Sushumna Yoga at The Yoga Studio in 2017 and her Aerial Yoga Teacher Training that same year. In 2018 she completed 50 hours training with Yin Yoga Teacher Training. She has also studied Shiatsu at the European School of Shiatsu for 3 years which has given her a good understanding of anatomy, the meridians and acupressure. Sammy says “To me, Yoga is connecting to the deeper Self through the breath”
Jacqui is based in Carlisle and has practised mindful movement for around 20 years, she began with Tai Chi before coming to yoga. Jacqui has practised several styles of yoga including Ashtanga, Hatha and Yin. Her first Teacher Training Course was in Yin Yoga in July 2018 with Rebecca Shepherd (YAP Senior Teacher and 500 hours certified training with Paul Grilley), in 2019 she completed a 200-hour Teacher Training with Inner Fire Yoga with a focus on slow flow.
Working as a Staff Nurse at the local Hospice, Lavinia provided palliative care and support to patients and their families in the Carlisle area, and further training in Counselling provided her with the skills needed for this specialist role.
In 2014 Lavinia qualified as an Energy Healer with ‘The Guild of Professional Healers.’ It was while doing this training that she discovered the wonderful benefits of Meditation.
Andrea has been practising yoga on and off for 30 years, using it to promote her own wellbeing. She fulfilled my dream of becoming a yoga teacher over 3 years ago. Destiny took her to find this teaching in an ashram in Kerala in India. She lived there for a month learning traditional Hatha yoga from monks who had lived in caves for years.
Following this immersive 200-hour teacher training course, Andrea’s passion to seek further enlightenment took her to Nepal last year. Here she completed a 100-hour trauma-informed teacher training course. She learned how yoga can positively impact on the healing process of people who have experienced trauma.
In 2018 Andrea has also completed a 50 hour Ayurvedic Therapy course in Rishikesh in India.
Andrea says “I am delighted to have the opportunity to share the gift of yoga with you in Hutton Active’s perfectly attuned environment. Through the practice of different postures (*asanas), breathwork (*pranayama) and meditation (*dhyana) we can achieve greater harmony between our body and mind to improve our overall health and wellbeing.”
*Sanskrit – language of ancient India with a 3,500-year history)