Annie Mott says her dreams are coming true in Stanmore Bay, where her boutique yoga and Pilates studio is due to open with a launch party on Sunday, February 14. Not only has the welcoming curved wooden yoga deck and studio been built by her fiance, Callum Pirrett, in the couple’s lush Langton Road garden, but the couple will be getting married on the beach just a week before it opens.
Before moving to Stanmore Bay a year ago, Annie lived on the North Shore and was a dance teacher, ran Les Mills fitness classes, did Pilates and “dabbled in personal training” for more than five years.
Since moving to the Coast, she’s done her 200-hour yoga training, invested in the studio and a reformer Pilates machine and is ready to run her own classes.
“Now it’s time to do my own thing and do what I love,” she says. “It’s a boutique studio, open to nature with doors that open onto the deck and we’re close to the beach – 162 steps!.”
Reformer Pilates classes will be one-on-one, while yoga class numbers will be limited to 10 people.
Annie says the reformer Pilates, which involves exercising on a machine that resembles a bed frame with a mobile cushioned pad, is especially good for rehabilitating injuries.
“It’s really good at sculpting and training all the core muscles,” she says. “It uses a bit of resistance, so you build strength a lot quicker. It’s also really good for pre- and post-pregnancy bodies. The machines are pretty cool, too! And the yoga is just mentally relaxing, and really great for strengthening and lengthening. “ I mainly teach Hatha yoga, but with a mix of restorative yoga, too.”
Annie will run classes that people can attend before or after work, as well as daytime sessions and Sunday classes, and may run classes for children in future.