Meet the Anahata Team

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Dawn Lister

Founder, Yoga, Pilates, Mindfulness

Dawn Lister 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.


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Daniel Groom

Founder, Yoga Therapist, Mindfulness

Daniel Groom 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.

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Keira May Sussex

Yoga Teacher

For the past ten years Keira has worked with children, first as one on one help for children with varying disabilities, then as a parent and now as a yoga teacher and therapist for kids and adults alike.

She fell in love with the practice, the meditation and the time it gave for herself. Yoga is a gateway to reconnecting the mind to the body and as she depended on her practice she found herself begin to relax and shake off some of her tensions and anxieties.

As a yoga teacher she aims to bring the benefits of yoga and mindfulness to everyone. No matter your age, size, flexibility or strength, there is a way we can all practice yoga.

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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.

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Amanda Richards

Yoga Teacher

Amanda’s passion for dance and movement began as a child in ballet classes at the age of 4. Which later developed into a career in the fitness industry. However, she considers her greatest achievement was her transition into the world of yoga, 11 years ago.

She brings a strong sense of fun and freedom to her teaching, which keeps the energy light whilst introducing new challenges to keep the body and mind strong and adaptable.

Her style aims to help you gain strength, stamina and flexibility, whilst encouraging you to work in harmony with the breath through pranayama, breath practises. Meditation is an important part of the practise, helping you to find peace, happiness and wellbeing.

Amanda believes that the physical and holistic benefits of Yoga are available to people from all walks of life regardless of age and ability Amanda offers classes ranging from gentle flow to more dynamic Vinyasa, Yin and meditation. Tailoring each class to individual needs of the students, to ensure they get the deepest benefits mentally and physically.

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Lauren Harrington

Pilates and Yoga Teacher

Lauren is a qualified STOTT Pilates and Yoga teacher and Personal Trainer.  She fell in love with yoga and Pilates whilst travelling.

Lauren believes that both Pilates and Yoga are a flow of functional movements with full guidance and attention of the breath throughout. The breath acts as an anchor which emphasises core engagement to build strength, and enable smooth transitions from pose to pose,  promoting flexibility and grace. Lauren enjoys making Malas, meditation jewellery in her spare time. She is a also a keen traveller, happiest in her campervan with her husband, 4 year old daughter Emmie and dog Jango, surfing, hiking and having adventures.  

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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 encompass 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.

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Katy Ahrens

Pilates Teacher

Katy 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.

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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.

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Kate Lee


Kate joined the Anahata team in April 2019.  Kate moved to Leigh on Sea 6 years ago and has been a stay-at-home Mum to her three children after 20 years in the city as a PA/Administrator. She is loving being part of the team and certainly prefers the beautiful studio surroundings.