Penguin Hills Yoga & Pilates, formerly Forest Yoga/Massage/Pilates, has been operated by Annette Loudon since 1994 in the Northern Beaches of Sydney and from 2008 in many rural and remote areas of Australia. The mission statement is based on the ancient yoga philosophy that our essence is always present and can be illuminated whatever our condition, and through this we achieve improved health and wellbeing.
In October 2018 Annette relocated permanently to the beautiful North-West Tasmanian town of Penguin (yes it does have fairy penguins) and is looking forward to teaching in this pristine location at her home studio and in the community.
Annette Loudon is qualified and accredited as a:
- Yoga therapist (C-IAYT; AAYT)
- Senior yoga teacher (YA)
- Senior Fitness instructor (Fitness Australia).
She teaches Yoga and Pilates, provides Yoga Therapy in person and remotely, mentors yoga teachers and is a faculty member of the Graduate Certificate in yoga therapy.
Integrating Yoga into daily life has been her focus since being introduced to yoga when living in remote villages in Bali in 1975. She trusts in the words of Krishnamacharya: “If you can breathe, you can do yoga;” and is committed to enabling her students to access her teaching whatever their condition or wherever they live.
For 25 years she has taught general classes of yoga and also more specialised yoga to people with MS, people in wheelchairs, the profoundly deaf, intellectually disabled youth, people on probation, disabled athletes, the NSW cerebral palsy soccer team, people with immune disorders, cancer and many other illnesses. Annette has worked holistically with Allied Health Professionals with a focus on rehabilitation in both Yoga and Pilates.
Annette is highly qualified, including with a Masters of Medical Sciences degree obtained by researching “The Effects of Yoga on Women with Secondary Arm Lymphoedema from Breast Cancer” with six peer-reviewed publications on this topic. She runs accredited training courses on “Yoga and Breast Cancer”, “Yoga and the Lymphatic System: Lymphoedema and Lipoedema” and “Yoga and the Immune System” and will soon be adding “Yoga for Osteoporosis”.
Annette has made DVDs for women after breast cancer treatment and those with secondary arm lymphoedema, accessible through YWCANSW Encore and Australaisan Lymphology Asscociation. She is a sought-after speaker nationally and internationally. Trained originally by Yoga for Health in Great Britain in order to teach yoga therapy, she has studied with many other teachers and traditions and continues to learn from the ancient texts of Yoga, evidence-based publications in Yogatherapy, Pilates, health, fitness, and neuroscience as well as completing ongoing education in all her fields.
Annette’s long list of tertiary qualifications* is in Education and Management, ESOL, Yoga, Pilates, Massage and Exercise Science. Her commitment to adult education has resulted in many fellowships to study course deliveries overseas. A full list of her qualifications can be viewed here.
- MMedSc; BA; Grad Certs Tesol; Leadership & Management
- Dip Ed; Dip Ex Sc; Dip Fitness
- Certs Yoga Therapy; Yoga (GB)
- Cert IVs Pilates; Massage; Special populations; Personal Training; Training and Assessment