Anahata Yoga Centre
We did it
On 27th September 2018 we successfully raised £2,910 with 47 supporters in 35 days

Our aim is to raise funds to purchase necessary equipment for a new wellbeing studio in the heart of our community in South East Essex.

by Anahata Yoga Centre in Leigh On Sea, England, United Kingdom

Anahata Yoga Centre is a project born out of a desire to offer a heart centred nurturing place in which our growing community can feel safe and supported to practice Yoga, Pilates, Yoga Therapy and Mindful Meditation.    

Classes in our current space are filled with no further room for growth.  With more space we can offer increased comfort and a wider range of classes. Reaching out and affecting many more people in our community.  Our current room size fits just 6 students, our new space can accommodate approximately 18. 

We offer expert tuition led 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. Founders, Dawn Lister and Daniel Groom are advocates of supporting people’s wellbeing within the community. "We see the expansion of the business as a way to offer greater support in the Southend-on-Sea area."

We offer:-

* Yoga classes including Mindful Flow, Hatha, Yin, Restorative and Chair based classes 

* Pilates both mat and equipment based 

* Mindfulness Meditation classes and courses

* Yoga Therapy for individuals or small groups with specific conditions 

* Parent & Baby Yoga  

* Teenage Yoga

* Free community classes for all

* With many more diverse offerings to come

Why would you support our project?

Anahata, our heart centered wellbeing studio has grown out of close to three decades experience both professionally and personally.  Having lived with, and supported both family and clients with depression, anxiety and mental health conditions, Dawn and Daniel have experienced first hand the amazing transformative power of a mindful, compassion led yogic practise.  It is possible not just to survive, you can in fact thrive despite experiencing the many challenges that modern life delivers.

Our space 

It is our hope that our beautiful space, created with love, thought and mindful attention will offer a place where all of our clients and community can feel safe and nurtured.  Whoever you are, whatever is going on in your world we offer a place that supports you and allows you to find peace and community at a time when you may be feeling vulnerable or confused.  

How will we use your donations?

To enable us to offer community based classes, workshops and events, including we hope some outreach work in the community we require a little support to help us over our beginning months.  

Any financial support we receive will go towards providing the much needed equipment that makes all the difference to a person whose mobility is restricted, or who needs to feel physically supported and safe.  

It will also allow us to offer a regular free daytime class to the community so that anyone who wishes to can be part of a growing community of individuals who realise that actually, together we are stronger. 

Why us?

As experts in our fields we are able to support our teachers extensively through offering a supervisory role, enabling all of our public sessions to be safe and open for our diverse community. 

Classes at Anahata have been nurtured into existence with love, care and attention, are ethical, open to all members of the public regardless of gender, size, shape, ethnicity or sexual preference.  

Clients can truly experience safety, the opportunity to let go and learn to access their inner wisdom safe in the knowledge those leading their classes have experiential as well as theoretical knowledge.  

In it together

Our Motto "We are all one" has never been so true as it is now.  How we look after each other shows us just who we are as people, as a community and as a business we aim to be compassionate, kind, supportive and to give back as much as we receive.

About ours founders

Dawn Lister, 47, yoga, pilates and mindfulness teacher with 25 years experience.  A body worker who utilises her extensive experience of massage, myofascial, cranial sacral therapy in all her treatments. Dawn has run her own mindfulness business for over 20 years, with an emphasis on working on realising your full potential.  Retreats, workshops, classes, 1-1’s, writing, meditation courses, author of the highly successful “Awakened Being Course”. She is owner of The Dawn Lister Therapy Centre based in Leigh On Sea.

Daniel Groom, 41, 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 heatedly 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.

What our students say

"With my yoga practice I travel at a happier, meaningful pace. My whole experience so far has been an awakening in every sense and I would like to express my gratitude to Daniel and Dawn." Lynne
"Yoga has been a significant part of my recovery from emotional stress and physical pain. The classes provide an empathetic, friendly atmosphere, helping me deal with daily life in a lighter, uplifted way." Lorna


"I find my weekly Yoga class is hugely beneficial to my mind & body." Mary 


"I initially came to yoga on recommendation from my oncologist, he felt it might help relieve some of the symptoms of my treatment. I had also become very unfit & my joints were painful & stiff & I had very poor core strength & balance as a consequence of a serious car crash.

What I wasn't expecting was the total transformation yoga has had in so many aspects of my life.

Yes I am definitely more flexible & my core strength & balance have improved greatly, however, I wasn't prepared for how yoga & meditation has become an integral part of my every day life.

I am now pain free after years of needing strong analgesia just to be able to carry out basic daily activities. I found it difficult to look forward to events or holidays knowing the pain would restrict me & the medication would make me drowsy.

Now I have so much more energy, I sleep 100% better, my anxiety has disappeared & I just simply feel well, contented, peaceful & happy. I attribute all these positive life changing factors to yoga & meditation. I meditate every day & now practice yoga 4-5 times a week.

None of that would have happened without Daniel Groom's amazing teaching & guidance, his enthusiasm & love for yoga is beautiful & infectious. Also the welcoming, peaceful haven that has been founded & nurtured by Dawn Lister. Between them they have created a safe & non judgemental space for me to start & continue my yoga/meditation journey. Together, in their new venture, Anahata, they will be able to reach so many more people & guide them on their personal journey & create a sense of community amongst those who attend their classes. I wish them both every success & happiness, they have huge hearts & warm souls." Niki



We have put together some unique and exciting rewards in exchange for your kind donation.  Class passes, private sessions, an invite to our launch event. Or get your business promoted by sponsoring one of our free community class. And of course there is the warm glow that comes from doing something amazing for someone else!

Thank you

With your help, the future of Anahata looks promising and we hope our project inspires you to support this much needed mindful compassion-led Heart centre in South East Essex. Thank you.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£80 or more

16 of 16 claimed

Wellbeing Retreat Day

Entitles you to attend a wellbeing retreat day at Anahata before it's official opening. Taking place on Sunday 30th September 2018, join Daniel Groom and Dawn Lister for a day of soothing Mindful Flow, relaxing Yoga Nidra, compassion-led Mindfulness, restful Restorative Yoga and to learn techniques to practise at home. Includes lunch and refreshments.

£5 or more

£5 Donation

A huge amount of gratitude and love from us all.

£10 or more

Class Pass

Entitles you to come to an Anahata timetabled class of your choice.

£20 or more

2 Class Passes

Entitles you to come to two Anahata timetabled classes of your choice. Book both sessions for yourself, or bring along a friend.

£45 or more

60 Minute Massage + Opening Event Invite

Receive 1 x 60 minute massage with Dawn Lister and an invite to our opening event.

£45 or more

Private Yoga Session + Opening Event Invite

Receive a 60 minute private yoga session with Daniel Groom and an invite to our opening event.

£65 or more

60 Min Massage, Class Pass + Opening Event Invite

A 60-minute massage with Dawn Lister, a class pass to an Anahata timetabled class of your choice and an invite to our opening event.

£65 or more

Private Yoga, Class Pass + Opening Event Invite

A 60-minute private yoga session with Daniela Groom, a class pass to an Anahata timetabled class of your choice and an invite to our opening event.

£100 or more

Community Class Sponsorship

An exciting opportunity to sponsor 4 weeks of our free “community yoga” class aimed at people suffering with Mental Health concerns. Includes branding and numerous mentions across our marketing channels and is therefore an ideal opportunity for business owners who support our project. Also includes two invites to our opening event.

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