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Community Work

A coming together of our Yoga You Sanctuary Community by sharing the love of our yoga practice in a mutually beneficial way, helping ourselves with  yoga health and well-being techniques and simultaneously helping others with yoga fundraising activities to support our chosen local and wider community  charities.

I’d like to give you a flavour of the sustainable ‘Karmic Yoga’ events that myself and my students have been involved with over the years-

Ongoing Dedication Yoga Class in support of Maggie’s Centres – 

The reason I’m offering these classes is to continue fundraising for Maggie’s following the passing in January 2021 of my beloved husband Dave. He loved Maggie’s and benefitted from their help a lot and donations for Maggie’s following Dave’s passing raised a wonderful  £2304.13 and fundraising from the four Dedication Yoga classes since then to June 2022  has now taken the total to an  amazing £3,324.13.

In exchange for a donation per class to Maggie’s I will offer a Dedication Yoga Class each year – these sessions will comprise therapeutic comforting practices involving simple rhythmical movement, soothing pranayama, 108 x chants of healing Gayatri Mantra and concluding with a loving, kindness meditation mentioning the names of each individual’s beloved human or animal. Any interested persons are welcome to this class (anyone can participate -chair or mat work as the gentle physical aspect is preparation for meditation) Sessions are not religious ceremony, just a simple way of being positive,  in a way that I know works for me, and can perhaps help you to whilst simultaneously generating funds for Maggie’s.

‘THANK YOU’ to all who have supported and benefitted so far

Please note that a separate fundraising  link and tribute info in Dave’s honour is to be found at

By June 2020 Yoga You Sanctuary has raised in excess of £15,572 – details below. 

April to June 2020  fundraising for NHS Charities TogetherM


As of 1 January 2019 Yoga You Sanctuary has raised


since December 2005 for Save The Children, plus hundreds of pounds for various other charities. Here’s a quick rundown of some of our past charity and community events.
2018 Cheque Presentation with Barbara Corlett


Letter of Thanks From     Save The Children


Ongoing Committment


Past Events


Dec 28, 2012:

An amazing £900 has been raised for this years Yoga You Sanctuary fundraising for Save The Children on 28 December 2012!! Thankyou so much to all who participated their time and energy to make this happen. Special thanks go to 10 year old Lani Bruce for her amazing marshall arts demo see photos here to let the good vibes radiate in all directions as conscious agents of change in the Satya Yuga.

Namaste, Ann xxx

Raffle Prize winners at the Save The Children workshop were Teresa Hiles (Zumba prize), Teresa Tysoe (Pam Smith voucher) and Sylvia, one of Kathy Ashbridges student’s, won a Yoga You Sanctuary voucher. When I collated all the monies the actual amount was in fact £863, and I was ‘blown away’ when Lani Bruce (mentioned above) offered to donate £37 of her own money to make it a round £900!!! What a beautiful generous soul she is.

On behalf of Save The Children, thankyou Lani and Everyone… Ann x

Dec 29, 2011 – 10th Annual Yoga You Christmas Charity Event for Save The Children
Thank you so much to everyone who supported the Save The Children Fundraising during 2011, culminating in our ‘Conscious Action’Yoga workshop at Millennium Centre Leasowe on Thursday, December 29th, 2011.A massive £1070 was raised – the highest amount ever from Yoga You and at a time when everyone is digging deep. This is a huge testament to the compassionate hearts people have even when the going gets tough.A big thanks also to Lani Bruce for her fantastic Kung Fu demonstration – well done Lani.
Dec 30, 2010 – 9th Annual Yoga You Christmas Charity Event for Save The Children

We had a good turn out on the day and 34 places sold and so it was of great mutual benefit and I quoted the words of swami Maheswaranander teachings with regard to Karma Yoga “Helping hands are worth more than praying hands”. The money raised totalled £484.50, and comprised £394 via my yoga workshop and 2 holistic raffle prizes from myself and Pam, and a further £71 sponsorship money from Pam’s eight year old grand daughter, Lani Bruce (a world champion Kung Fu gold medallist in her age group – see Lani Bruce on You Tube). She did a stunning Kung Fu demonstration before she drew the raffle tickets. This now takes this years fundraising to £865.50 for Save The Children. Thank you to everyone!

Oct 16, 2010 – Raffle supported by Maya Fiennes for Save The Children

Ann Simmonet and Pamela Smith in ‘Karmic Practise’ raised a fantastic £400.50 for Save The Children. They held a raffle for two prizes donated by Maya Fiennes in respect of a ‘Yoga for Real Health’ workshop in Liverpool on 16 October 2010.

Dec, 2009 – Supporting Save The Children
In December 2009 Yoga You raised £556 for Save The Children.

May, 2009 – Supporting Save The Children
In May 2009 Yoga You raised £483.22 for Save The Children.

April, 2008 – Supporting Save The Children
In April 2008 Yoga You raised £555 for Save The Children.

August, 2007
£493 was raised for the International Hermeneutic Society (Tan Y Garth Hall) following a yoga retreat in Ambleside in August 2007.

Dec 29, 2006 – 5th Annual Yoga You Christmas Charity Event for Save The Children
36 students were guided through a 2-hour yoga session by Ann, working on Chakra balance in asana and meditation, integrating key aspects of pranayama, which proved to be both enjoyable and beneficial. We raised a wonderful £385 for Save The Children. 

Nov 22, 2006 – GMex Mind Body Spirit Festival
Myself and 12 students represented the British Wheel of Yoga in a stage demonstration entitled ‘Yoga for all Abilities’ to promote both the BWY and Yoga. The students represented a cross section of abilities, levels of health and fitness, and we performed a variety of preparatory postures: variations of Marjaryasana, Adho Mukha Svanasana, Bhujangasna, and appropriate counterposes with modifications according to need. It was an enjoyable experience for all, and we had quite a few enquiries about BWY after. Thank you to all involved.


Dec 29, 2005 – 4th Annual Yoga You Christmas Charity Event for Save The Children
50 students attended a full day of Yoga to raise money for Save The Children, with Ann teaching in the morning, while Pam and Gordon Smith guided everyone through two devotional meditations in the afternoon, followed by a session of mantra and chant with Janet Irlam. Thanks to everyone for helping us raise a phenomenal £636.50.

Dec 30, 2004 – Yoga Workshop in support of Claire House
The theme of the practice was ‘Positive Action’, designed to raise spirits and create good internal energy, and at the same time helping to generate and share a little more energy (of a financial nature!) for a very worthy cause – Claire House Children’s Hospice. Myself and 40 Yoga You students raised a wonderful £350 for this very worthy cause.

Aug 20-22, 2004 – Yoga Weekend in Ambleside

Ann and holistic therapist Ruth Parker voluntarily organised a fun and unique Yoga weekend in Ambleside for 40 students. With a full and varied programme of activity, the students were treated to Hatha Yoga classes, mantra and chant sessions, meditation and relaxation, plus Indian Head Massage taster sessions and an introduction to basic massage techniques.. With en-suite accommodation at St Martins University College, breakfast and evening meals also included in the cost, the students were treated to a highly memorable and enjoyable experience. And we also managed to raise £145.23 for Tan Y Garth International Hermenutic Society.

Jan 23, 2003 – Leasowe Trust Uganda Appeal

Our wonderful students raised £232 for their Uganda appeal.

Dec 30, 2002 – Festive Work-In Raffle
£30 was raised for Macmillan Cancer Research during our Festive half-day seminar.


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