Having discovered that yoga, breathing practices, mediation and general self-care helped manage her own mental and physical health, Anne started to research how and why yoga and other therapies helped.

Firstly, yoga is a science dating back thousands of years. It is not a religion, nor is it in competition or conflict with any religion or religious practice. Yoga is an ancient form of exercise and mind body awareness that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The main components of yoga are postures (a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility), breathing and meditation.

It is the mind body and body mind awareness of each other and their connections that is important in the treatment of anxiety and trauma. The practice originated in India around 5,000 years ago and has been adapted in other countries in a variety of ways. Yoga is now commonplace in leisure centres, health clubs, schools, hospitals and surgeries.

According to the Harvard Medical School “A regular practice can help your brain better manage stress and anxiety that can trigger depression.”

Available reviews of a wide range of yoga practices suggests that yoga can reduce the impact of exaggerated stress responses and may be helpful for both anxiety and depression. In this respect, yoga functions like other self-soothing techniques such as meditation, relaxation, exercise, or even socialising with friends.

Hundreds of scientific trials and papers have been published on yoga. Studies suggest yoga is a safe and effective way to increase physical activity, especially strength, flexibility and balance. There is also a wealth of evidence pointing to the benefits of regular yoga for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, fibromyalgia, bursitis, trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression and stress.

Users are reminded to work to your own level and ability and to practice safely. Always check with your doctor if you are unsure about anything!


We started yoga with Anne in January 2020 and have been attending twice per week. We are in our 60s and more and more research and media comment were directing us towards yoga. Anne is the perfect instructor for us. She understands where we are coming from and where we need to go and she work’s with us. Its not being dramatic to say it has been truly life-changing and the benefits are immense.

John and Anja McGowan.