For the last three years I have been teaching Pilates through my company AnnaFit, now I look forward to sharing my passion and training for Pilates, with you, at Flow Pool & Studio. I am a fully qualified classical mat Pilates instructor, with STOTT Pilates training to advanced level for Mat and Reformer equipment, with training in Cadillac (in progress) Chair and Barrel. In addition, I am trained in Total Barre and have studied Sports Nutrition. I am a REPS registered personal trainer. Ensuring that I am fully qualified and up to date with the latest techniques is important to me so that I can offer you the best and most up to date Pilates experience possible, starting you on your path to Mindful Movement.
No matter whether I am working with you individually or as part of a class, I ensure that the exercises suit your body and your personal requirements, so that you progress on a positive, safe and enjoyable journey to improved fitness and flexibility. I can also tailor make a specific Pilates routine to suit specific health or sports issues and objectives.
My journey to becoming a Pilates instructor started during my career as an international flight attendant with Air New Zealand, after being very active in a range of sports at school, following a long flight I needed a way to re-energize my body and mind. Gym classes and Pilates offered this energy, and I quickly realised I wanted to not only learn more about Pilates but also share my passion by teaching others.
REPS Registered Personal Trainer (www.reps.org.nz) | STOTT Pilates – Advanced Mat and Reformer | Cadillac (in progress) | Chair and Barrel trained | Classical Advanced Mat – Specialist | Total Barre – Instructor
My journey with yoga started at age 27 when I was training to climb Mt Kilimanjaro and needed something to help with my aches and pains. I stumbled across a Bikram Hot Yoga class and after just one class I was hooked! Not only did my physical body feel amazing and energized but I experienced a mental clarity and calmness that was incredibly refreshing and blissful. And so began my life-long journey of Yoga, and exploring what it is about yoga that impacts our lives so positively.
The demands of Motherhood meant that I had less time for yoga over the last three years, and I missed it terribly! Reconnecting with yoga has been a wonderfully humbling journey; I have found myself dealing with physical challenges and there have been some mental obstacles to overcome as well. It’s difficult to put into words, but simply; life just feels better with yoga in it!
I’m here teaching today because I really do believe Yoga is for EveryOne and EveryBody. I am passionate about sharing Yoga and bringing its many benefits into your life. I am excited to be a part of Flow and look forward to seeing you in class soon.
Certified Bikram Yoga Teacher | Dip Health Science | BEd
Aqua Flow Instructor
I am a trained School Teacher, a Personal Trainer and a Group Fitness instructor with experience in many different types of classes.
I began leading group fitness circuit classes for Seniors 15 year ago and I currently teach BodyPump and RPM at the EA Fitness Centre in Ashburton. I also have several Ladies and a Men’s group that I run around Methven as well.
I have also enjoyed being an instructor for several years at the Mountain Gym here in Methven.
I love helping people work towards creating a better, healthier version of themselves through exercise and seeing their improvement, enjoyment and success.
I am looking forward to taking Aqua based classes and being part of Flow Pool and Studio.
Certificate in Fitness – Personal Trainer : Exercise Consultant L3 + Group Fitness Instruction L3 | REPS registered Group Fitness Instructor | PgDip in Secondary Teaching | BSc – Physical Education & Geography
Yoga and Dance Instructor
Hey Yogis! My name is Jessica Dray, a lover of movement and connection.
My love for yoga began when I was playing a high level of competitive Football and fell in love with connecting movement and breath along with the mindfulness to remain calm and collected.
I then went on to travel and experience Yoga and spiritual practice in many different places around the world from volunteering at different Yoga retreat centres to practicing yoga on the beach in Brazil, I was in love and had found something that made my heart sing.
I then went on to gain my ERYT – 250 hours of yoga teacher training through Aura Wellness centre. To accompany teaching yoga and nourish my love for dance I became a certified Chakradance instructor and became heavily involved in the dance therapy world teaching children and adults.
My main intention as a Yoga teacher is to offer a safe, sacred space for people to be able to go within and connect with themselves. I connect most with teaching slow flow yoga and yin yoga. I love being able to bring a traditional, authentic approach to each practice and cater all classes to the students I have. Yoga to me is about creating harmony within the mind and body, moving towards becoming our own best friend again.
I look forward to practicing with you all and being a part of becoming the best version of yourself.
It is so exciting to now be offering my dietitian clinics from the amazing, innovative, and continually growing Flow and Pool Studio!
From a young age, I have always loved being active. If I wasn’t out riding my horses I would be running around the rural roads or taking my road bike for a spin. It wasn’t until my teenage years when I started to get more competitive with long-distance running, road cycling, and duathlons, that I realised how essential good nutrition was to my performance. I ran my first half marathon by the age of 16. This being said, I have over 10 years of experience knowing what it’s like to be in your shoes, from mental wellbeing right through to the physical demands of training and competing. This kind of experience is something that cannot be taught. Of course, fitting this in around work, life, and family can sometimes seem like an impossible task, but this is where I can help in an honest, empathetic, and realistic way. Training and nutrition are only one aspect of the puzzle, but optimising nutrition is one of the most fundamental aspects to overall health and sports performance.
Improving one’s lifestyle, nutritional health, or athletic performance requires behavioural change and commitment. This is often one of the biggest barriers. A unique aspect of the service I offer is that you will receive continued support, education, and motivation, which is the key to successful outcomes and long-term behavioural change. I put a strong focus on each individuals health and performance goals and understand there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to nutrition. As the expression goes, to eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.