Our Story

Anahata is a heart centred and nurturing Wellbeing Studio in Leigh on Sea, Essex. Specialising in Yoga, Pilates, Yoga Therapy and mindful meditation.

We offer expert tuition in small groups run by qualified and specialist professionals, who are experts in their field. Many of our teachers offer skills which support members of the public affected by long term health conditions, which may affect them physically, mentally and or emotionally.

Dawn Lister and Daniel Groom are founders of the centre and are genuine advocates of supporting people’s mental health within the community.

“We see the expansion of the business as a way to offer greater support in the Southend region.”

Meet the Team


Dawn Lister

Founder, Yoga, Pilates, Mindfulness
CPCAB Level 4
CST 11 Cranial Sacral Therapy Upledger
Level 4 VTCT Massage Therapy
Level 2 Myofascial Massage
Pregnancy Yoga with Uma Dinsmore Tuli

Dawn Lister (she/her) is a wellness consultant who believes that one cannot experience true wellness until we learn to love and nurture both the mind and body. Her rich experience as a bodyworker, cranial sacral therapist, hypnotherapist and mindfulness teacher informs her classes which are an invitation to come home to your innate sense of wholeness and peace.

Her yoga journey began in 1998 in Edinburgh, then she continued her training and studies in London under various teachers and schools, including the Sivananda and Iyengar traditions.

Having taught for 27 years she specialises in mindfulness, having studied with both the Kadampa and Mahayana Schools of Buddhism she now offers secular compassion based mindfulness classes, workshops and retreats, 1-1’s as well as a consultant within businesses.

Dawn is a writer, speaker and author of the highly successful “Awakened Woman Course”. She has run retreats in the UK and abroad for 24 years and is the eternal student who believes in the value of surrender and compassion as a way to heal and build community.

She also owns The Dawn Lister Therapy Centre, based in Leigh-on-Sea, where she sees clients for both Body Work, Cranial Sacral Therapy, mentoring and hypnotherapy.

Daniel Groom

Founder, Yoga, Therapist, Mindfulness

Daniel Groom (He/They) is a talented and experienced yoga teacher and C-IAYT and CNHC registered yoga therapist, who has been practising a wide range of yoga styles since the year 2000.

He has studied Yoga Therapy, Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra with leading experts and has had first-hand experience of the supportive nature of these practices. Daniel’s mindful approach is caring, authentic and inclusive.

He has great passion in sharing his knowledge with students and believes whole heartedly Yoga can help people to achieve their ultimate life desires.

He also offers support mentoring new and established Yoga Teachers and is a Supervisor on the Yoga Campus Yoga Therapy Diploma. Daniel is dedicated to continuing his studies with mentor Lisa Kaley Isley.

Daniel founded the Southend LGBT+ Yoga and Wellbeing Group in association with Southend-on-Sea Pride which offers a monthly get together for LGBTQIA+ people and is active in the promotion of LGBTQIA+ rights in the UK.

Keira May

Accessible Yoga Teacher and Administrator

Keira Sussex (They/Them) began their Yoga journey in 2011 and fell in love with the practice, the meditation and the time it gave to them. Yoga is a gateway to reconnecting the mind to the body, and as they deepened their practice, they found that they began to relax and shake off some of their tensions and anxieties.

They began their training as a practitioner of yoga for autism before completing their 200hr YTT in 2017. They are also qualified in Children’s Yoga and a Teacher and ambassador of Accessible Yoga.

As an Accessible Yoga Teacher Keira aims to bring the benefits of yoga and mindfulness to everyone no matter your age, body type, gender, or physical ability.

Emily Morris

Yoga and Pilates Teacher
Emily’s constantly evolving Yoga and Pilates offers an authentic, innovative and well-rounded class. Her main passion is fusing Ayurvedic philosophies with her teaching offering a balanced energy, honouring nature, the seasons and each persons’ unique mind-body type.

Her mindful vinyasa flow to gentle beginners’ yoga or pilates classes are fun and creative, a welcoming and safe space for all.

Coming from a creative background, Emily loves visiting inspiring places such as art galleries or travelling and immersing herself in other cultures. You will often find her head in a book researching the fascinating worlds of yoga and Ayurveda.

Katy Ahrens

Pilates Teacher

Katy (she/her) has been practicing Pilates for 17 years and teaching since 2010. She trained as a dancer and musical theatre performer and it was her ballet training that first introduced her to Pilates, and she has loved it ever since. STOTT PILATES was recommended and she began her training at The YMCA, Tottenham Court Road, London. Katy is a fully certified STOTT PILATES Instructor (certified in Mat work, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels) and also trained in Pre and Post Natal Mat work, Active Ageing and Breast Cancer Rehab. 

Her classes are relaxed yet energising and she creates a fun environment to achieve your fitness goals, whether it’s a group class or individual. Katy aspires to make people feel energised whether that be through gaining flexibility or through strength. After teaching at some amazing studios all over London, including OneKX (Stott Pilates training Centre), Katy has now moved back to Chalkwell. She is loving living by the sea and can often be found (with a scooting toddler in tow) down by Chalkwell Beach.

Terri Walford

Yoga Teacher

Terri Walford considers herself a perpetual student of life and yoga.

She is continually expanding her knowledge by training with teachers who continue to inspire and educate her.  She has a strong regular personal practise and brings a sense of fun, adventure and freedom to her classes, her class invites you to experience the joy of exploring and challenging your personal limitations, digging deep into your inner reserves and resources.

She strongly believes yoga helps you to achieve a happier healthier life by increasing the circulation of vital life energy throughout the whole body, mind & spirit.

She is also a sometimes-reluctant runner, is immensely proud of having conquered the three peaks and adores her beautiful family.

Melanie Eveleigh

Pilates, Fitness Yoga, Massage Therapist
Melanie delivers a class focused on developing muscular strength combined with flexibility.

She uses her in-depth knowledge of physiology and anatomy gained from her history in Swimming, Fitness and Sports Massage to create a class that will both challenge you and specifically support abdominal strength.

Melanie advocates the need to combine fitness, strength and flexibility within all her classes. She encompasses all the key principles of Pilates ensuring every class targets both the upper and lower limbs in addition to core strength for those wanting to use Pilates to sculpt and tone their bodies helping create longer leaner muscles.

In addition to teaching Melanie enjoys long walks (or a bike ride) along the seafront, she also enjoys swimming with an occasional dip in the sea in the summer.

Jodi Hollie

Yoga Teacher
Jodi (she/her) has been practicing yoga for 10 years, and teaching since 2017. She found yoga after a car accident for a ‘stretch’ and found so much more.

Jodi trained with Sivananda in The Bahamas in 2017 and lived in the Ashram there for 2 months. She wasn’t sure from doing her training that she’d teach.. but has been teaching since the moment she came home and loves sharing her knowledge and passion.

Her classes are calming and begin with cleaning energy chants. Her classes flow but also ground you into time and space.

Yoga helps her daily to be the person she is now and she loves sharing that in her classes.

Outside of yoga Jodi loves to be doing anything outside in nature and will be spotted daily along the beach.

Graham Hawkins

Yoga Teacher

Graham (he/him) started his yoga practice over 20 years ago following a major injury which assisted his recovery. With practice in Iyengar, Ashtanga and Sivananda disciplines over this period, yoga supported his busy work life and sporting activities.

Graham had always recognised that asana practice kept him strong and flexible but as a stressful career progressed it was through deeper pranayama and meditation he brings greater presence, awareness and a mindful attitude to time on the mat.

Having just completed a 200 hour yoga teacher course at Yogacampus he is exploring the pleasure of sharing all he has learnt. He’s curious and enthusiastic in his practice with an open mind and likes to bring a sense of fun to his practice.

Savannah Jayne

Yoga Teacher
My name is Savannah Jayne (She/Her), I have been practising a range of Yogic styles for 10 years and have used it to help me heal physically, emotionally and mentally – so I know first-hand the incredible benefits of a dedicated Sadhana.

I am a qualified Yin, Vinyasa and Ashtanga Teacher specialising in deeply restorative sessions, focusing on Asanas, Pranayama and Meditation to activate The Parasympathetic Nervous System (rest and digest) to prevent stress build-up, fatigue, burnout, and overall dis-ease in the mind and body.

I am constantly striving to improve my knowledge, teachings and understanding in this ever-evolving world.

Louise Mayhook

Vinyasa Flow Teacher and Wellness Coach
Louise is a RYT 500h certified Vinyasa flow teacher and Health and Wellness Coach.
Louise teaches strong yet accessible classes that emphasise balance and sustainability in the body. Her classes focus on building strength and control to support and develop improved balance in this out of balance modern world.

Louise is passionate about offering her students space to flex those focus muscles, stretch the brain and explore and connect to their body.

As well as being a dedicated yoga teacher, she is a committed student and loves to study and learn more about all aspects of yoga, explore a range of movement modalities and apply new science to her classes.


“I warmly recommend the teachers at Anahata Yoga Centre! Warm, knowledgeable and dedicated to promoting yoga!”

Stephan Cunnington, via Facebook