Sun power yoga faculty


Anne-Marie Newland  Founder & Course  Director                  Anne-Marie qualified as a Yoga Teacher in 1984 with Swami Vishnu Devananda in India and Canada. She also trained with Iyengar in 1976, has a BWY Diploma and is a Registered Yoga Alliance EYT500hr teacher. She is a Level 3 Trainer, Assessor and Internal Verifier and a consultant to Yoga for Sport and has been recognised for her work by Sport England. Anne-Marie is Strict about Alignment, The importance of good teaching practice, the Application of Anatomy and Physiology. She believes teachers should know about yoga theory, Meditation and pranayama practice.           She Believes in being authentic about being a teacher. Know your stuff! As an ex-professional ballet dancer Anne-Marie was used to hard work and often exhaustion. If only she had known about Yoga during Rigorous Rehearsals and Performances.  It was this that took her from dance to Sport and she has trained high profile footballers  such as The Great Argentinian Esteban Cambiasso, the Chicago Bulls and the England Women's rowing team. Anne-Marie is  passionate about her school, her teachers and her students. She is not only a mother of 4 but a mother to many. She will stretch you, open you, challenge your own expectations but Ultimately hold you in a safe and nurturing space while you find your feet and your wings!

Anne-Marie Newland

 Founder & Course  Director                 

Anne-Marie qualified as a Yoga Teacher in 1984 with Swami Vishnu Devananda in India and Canada. She also trained with Iyengar in 1976, has a BWY Diploma and is a Registered Yoga Alliance EYT500hr teacher. She is a Level 3 Trainer, Assessor and Internal Verifier and a consultant to Yoga for Sport and has been recognised for her work by Sport England.

Anne-Marie is Strict about Alignment, The importance of good teaching practice, the Application of Anatomy and Physiology. She believes teachers should know about yoga theory, Meditation and pranayama practice.           She Believes in being authentic about being a teacher. Know your stuff!

As an ex-professional ballet dancer Anne-Marie was used to hard work and often exhaustion. If only she had known about Yoga during Rigorous Rehearsals and Performances. 

It was this that took her from dance to Sport and she has trained high profile footballers  such as The Great Argentinian Esteban Cambiasso, the Chicago Bulls and the England Women's rowing team.

Anne-Marie is  passionate about her school, her teachers and her students. She is not only a mother of 4 but a mother to many.

She will stretch you, open you, challenge your own expectations but Ultimately hold you in a safe and nurturing space while you find your feet and your wings!

Rachel McDonald Senior Level 3  Assessor & Student Liaison Rachel is  a  Qualified SPY (Sun Power Yoga) Teacher as well as our senior teacher and school assessor. She also holds the YMCA Diploma at a Level 3. Rachel supports the Students with their paper and theory work. She is an exceptional teacher, funny, knowledgable and deeply supportive in both the class and school Environment. Originally a professional dancer ,She is also a talented teacher of children and Leads our SPY KIDZ Yoga Teacher Training courses. rachel guides our student teachers through the challenges of Practical and written Exams and ensures the highest levels of professionalism are met throughout the training and beyond. As a mother to 3 sons she knows how and when to  encourage and how and when to set boundaries!

Rachel McDonald

Senior Level 3  Assessor & Student Liaison

Rachel is  a  Qualified SPY (Sun Power Yoga) Teacher as well as our senior teacher and school assessor. She also holds the YMCA Diploma at a Level 3. Rachel supports the Students with their paper and theory work. She is an exceptional teacher, funny, knowledgable and deeply supportive in both the class and school Environment.

Originally a professional dancer ,She is also a talented teacher of children and Leads our SPY KIDZ Yoga Teacher Training courses.

rachel guides our student teachers through the challenges of Practical and written Exams and ensures the highest levels of professionalism are met throughout the training and beyond.

As a mother to 3 sons she knows how and when to  encourage and how and when to set boundaries!

Alan Elworthy Anatomy & physiology & Sun Power Teacher Alan is a force of nature and his anatomy classes are full of fun and enthusiasm for the subject. As a SPY teacher he is homegrown and follows the ethos and passion all our teachers have for details and the exact science of teaching anatomy to our students. He will bring the subject to life and add humour and practical skills to what can sometimes be a dry subject. Alan is a qualified British red cross Trainer and this is his Full-time job. He is a father and Yoga teacher in his home town of Cardiff.

Alan Elworthy

Anatomy & physiology & Sun Power Teacher

Alan is a force of nature and his anatomy classes are full of fun and enthusiasm for the subject. As a SPY teacher he is homegrown and follows the ethos and passion all our teachers have for details and the exact science of teaching anatomy to our students. He will bring the subject to life and add humour and practical skills to what can sometimes be a dry subject.

Alan is a qualified British red cross Trainer and this is his Full-time job. He is a father and Yoga teacher in his home town of Cardiff.


"A YOGA TEACHER IS a practitioner, not a preacher"