Trying Yoga For The First Time At Ananda Wellbeing Studio, Middlesbrough

Ananda Wellbeing Yoga Studio Middlesbrough
*Gifted Experience // I was invited to try the 6 Week Beginners Yoga Class by Anna-Marie at Ananda Wellbeing Yoga Studio, Middlesbrough. As usual, always my own thoughts and words.

Ananda Wellbeing Yoga Studio Middlesbrough

I used to skip over anything yoga related. I thought it was for slim bods with elastic for muscles. Yoga was something reserved for the likes of Gwynnie and goop. I also had an accident about 20 years ago  where I dislocated my left kneecap so flexibility is not my middle name. Based on these facts you’re probably understanding  why I’d never tried yoga. But that was about to change at the end of 2019.

Image Credit: Kelly Manuel Via Pinterest

Where I live {Middlesbrough in the North East of England} there isn’t a lot going on. Sad but true. Not in the town centre, anyway. I’m a massive champion of our town but it’s suffered badly from being over looked by investors both local and further afield for many years. There are some tiny, green shoots of hope though with some serious regeneration going on in certain areas.

So when I heard that my town was getting a yoga studio I was like whaaaaaatttt??


Things are definitely looking up


I mean look at this place….

Ananda_Wellbeing _Yoga _Studio _Middlesbrough

Ananda Wellbeing Yoga Studio Middlesbrough

Wherever in the world you are reading this from you might think so what? But when where you live has been seriously overlooked for many years you realise why I, like many other people felt thrilled about this news. Even those like me who didn’t know their Yin from their Yang. I was pleased that this was happening .. full stop.

I first met Anna-Marie, the driving force behind Ananda Wellbeing through my marketing day job. The owner of the building the business is based in is a client of ours.

She asked me would I like to try the beginners yoga course. I said only if she was gentle with me!

I needn’t have been worried. Anna is everything you would expect from a ninja yoga teacher. Each week there were between five and eight women in our class and it felt very intimate and personal. Anna has that instinct of being really able to really undertand her pupils and knowing when to push them that little bit further.

The first class was a real eye opener. She clearly played the oldest yoga teacher trick in the book on us. She got us all to complete a series of stretch exercises which left one side of our whole bodies feeling longer than the other. Testament to how much we really do tense our whole body up without even realising. Thankfully, she did show us how to replicate the stretch on the other side of our bodies!

The course was for six weeks. I missed one week because I was away. Each week she shared with us a different type of yoga. I was able to really get in touch with my body and enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. I particularly enjoyed a type of yoga called Yin. The day we were introduced to this Anna said to me, “You’ll love this one, Sharon. It’s great for a busy mind.” She knew me so well already … a mind reader as well as a ninja!

Here’s 9 reasons to enjoy Yin Yoga that describes it way better than I ever could.

I enjoyed the whole 6 week experience so much that I’m pleased to report that Anna now has me as a paying customer. That’s a result for both of us.  I didn’t feel pressurised one bit to try anything I didn’t think my body could achieve. Anna was great at showing us all different versions of a stretch if we felt we couldn’t do one of them. For those of us with dodgy knees like me this meant we could still challenge our bodies.

Admittedly, I haven’t attended the Yin class on a Wednesday evening as much as I would like to but now that I know it’s there I can dip in and out as and when I want.

Classes are cheaper like most places if you book them in bulk but they aren’t expensive at all, anyway. The studio is a beautiful space as you can see from the photos. It’s warm, safe and very tranquil. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending you try if you’re local to Teesside like me. Not once did I feel uncomfortable or like I shouldn’t be there because I’m a ‘big lass’ {my words} . I’m looking forward to trying one of the Self Care Sunday events next. I went on my own too and was made to feel very welcome so don’t be put off if you have no-one to go with. Don’t wait. Life’s too short for that.

Find out more about  the classes on offer here.

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this image ….

Image Credit: Pinterest

Sharon xo




*Gifted Experience // I was invited to try the 6 Week Beginners Yoga Class by Anna-Marie at Ananda Wellbeing Yoga Studio, Middlesbrough. As usual, always my own thoughts and words.


  1. / 7:10 am

    Haha you are so funny! I am glad there is such a beautiful studio now in your city. I never tried yoga because I am way to inpatience. But my brother in law does it for over 20years, he cant do without!

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      / 5:06 pm

      I aim to please, Nancy!! xxx

  2. Elaine Clueit
    / 11:17 am

    I have been doing yoga for over 20 years now. I am not a flexible person at all but it’s not competitive so I have never found my inablitlity to get my heels down in downward facing dog or touch my toes an issue. It has helped keep me flexible and strong and when I had a bad accident in November 2018 that strenght and flexibility halped me so much on my long road to recovery. I wouldwencourage anyone to do it. Enjoy Sharon x

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      / 5:05 pm

      I was going to say .. imagine how you might be if you’d never tried it? Thanks Elaine xo

  3. Maureen McCarthy
    / 7:56 pm

    It sounds like you had a lovely experience Sharon and the studio is beautiful! Great piece x

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      / 5:04 pm

      It’s a stunning little place isn’t it? xo

  4. Joanne
    / 8:52 pm

    So glad you gave it a try! People have perceptions of yogis being all slim and legs over their heads, but we come in all shapes and sizes! There will be poses that I will never be able to achieve because my body isn’t made that way, even after 8 years practice. A good teacher will make you feel positive about what you CAN do, regardless of shape, size or flexibility. The class I attend, we go for the laughs as much as the exercise!

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      / 5:04 pm

      That’s what I really like about it so far, Joanne – that it’s adaptable for everyone xo

  5. / 9:19 pm

    I love that yoga picture of the elephant! That’s exactly how I feel! I’ve tried yoga a few times and I just cant get away with it! Maybe I just need to find the perfect class!

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      / 5:03 pm

      I know it’s a good one isn’t it, Helen? There’s lots of things I’ve tried and don’t stick with. I try things and think they are the best thing since sliced bread until I get bored! That happens a LOT!!! ;))) xo

  6. / 11:07 am

    Once the house reno is finished this is my aim, Sharron, to start yoga. I will be doing it at home most probably. Or I might look for something like this in my neck of the woods.

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      / 5:00 pm

      I need to look for some YT videos, Laurie. Although, my teacher has been offering online classes since lockdown and everyone running to get their business online.

  7. / 9:29 am

    Well done on giving it a go. Yoga is underrated by so many people; I find it a tough work out and respect those who have the patience to help get me into the postures.

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      / 4:59 pm

      It’s much harder than I thought, Stuart. Keeping flexible is a big plus for me.

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