All of our Class teachers are highly qualified, very experienced and fully insured


Pilates Instructor - Sarah Hennessy


Sarah Hennessy started her training with the Pilates Institute in November 2005 and has been teaching Fundamental Pilates since February 2006.  Sarah continued her training in Pilates Matwork - Intermediate, Advanced, and small equipment; and Pilates Equipment - Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair and Spine Corrector (large pieces of equipment designed by Joseph Pilates).  She received her Masters Diploma Certification in September 2011.  


Sarah draws on a rich palette of visuals from her familiarity with Brain Gym, Anatomy Trains, Alexander Technique, Tai Chi, Rolfing, dance, Feldenkrais and Emmett technique. 

Sarah runs Pilates Classes at the Bodywork Centre on:

Tuesdays         9.30am & 5.35pm

Wednesdays   5.15pm


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Mindful Meditation & Tea Ceremonies - Jenna Brewsterbrown

Holistic Therapist Jenna, offers Reiki treatments and teaches Meditation and Mindfulness to promote complete wellness with her clients. Jenna has practiced Mindfulness and Meditation for over 15 years and has been teaching in Northumberland since 2019, Jenna is also a qualified Reiki Master and has created some beautiful healing treatments where Meditation Mindfulness and Reiki are brought together. Jenna has run wellness retreats locally in Northumberland and also works with businesses to encourage wellness in the work place where all that take part can enjoy the relaxing effects of Mindful Meditation and Reiki Healing. Jenna is extremely passionate about mental health and wellbeing.  Jenna specialises in Mindful based cognitive behavioural therapy, during these sessions Jenna will guide you into a state of Mindfulness by using breathing methods and guided imagery to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress. 

Tea Ceremony Meditation: Duration 2 hours

(One-to-one and group bookings available.)

"Welcomed in to this session with the much loved tea ceremony during this time, I open my space to you in the hope of further opening your mind and awareness to the possibilities of holistic healing. During your time with me I may speak with you about your life, ways you would like to improve it, your emotions and issues you are experiencing. I will give you insight and information based on my own personal experience, qualifications and from the perspective of a number of Eastern philosophies and other perspectives that work to improve sate of mind and physical well-being. You will then be guided into a relaxing meditation where your body will enter into a calm peaceful state of being, by entering into this practice you can benefit from reducing stress. Stress reduction is one of the most common reasons people try meditation, it can help control anxiety, promote emotional health, enhance self-awareness, lengthen attention span. Meditation has also been known to help reduce age-related memory loss, generate kindness and may help fight addictions."



Yoga Classes

Hatha Yoga Teacher - Gilly Thirlwell

Gilly Thirlwell ​has been teaching yoga and meditation for over ​eighteen years and is also a yoga therapist, teacher trainer and assessor.  She gained her first yoga teaching certificate in 1996 at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashram in India. This was followed by a year in Thailand, where she worked as a meditation retreat coordinator and yoga teacher whilst deepening her own meditation practice at Suan Mokkh Buddhist Monastery.  


Gilly earned FRYOG's two-year yoga teaching diploma in London in 2003 and has recently completed a two-year post graduate training in yoga therapy with Real Yoga in Herefordshire.  She regularly updates her knowledge and skills by attending conferences and professional development courses, most recently, 'Yoga Therapy and Mindfulness for Addictions' with the Minded Institute, London.


Gilly has taught yoga and meditation in schools, colleges, ashrams, retreats, community centres and therapy centres in India, Thailand, Spain, London and the North East.  She  founded the Avani School of Yoga in 2010 and is a presenter at the 2014 Yoga Show at Olympia.   Her teaching and therapy skills are enhanced by training and experience in anatomy and physiology, aromatherapy, massage, health psychology, counselling and occupational therapy.


Each Hatha Yoga class with Gilly begins with guided relaxation to release stress and bring your awareness to your body, your breathing and the present moment.  This enables you to practise yoga consciously, greatly enhancing benefits of the practices. Warm-up exercises and yoga postures (asana) improve core stability, strength, flexibility, balance and concentration.  Breathing techniques (pranayama) help you to focus on (in!) your body, expand vital energy (prana), unblock and balance energy channels (nadis) and release deeply-held tension.  Guided visualisations / meditations enable you to connect the different aspects of yourself for peace, harmony and well-being.   The whole practice is gentle, focused and meditative.

Gilly's classes are currently running via zoom only. Please contact Gilly direct to find out more

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