Dundee yoga stu­dio project smashes fundrais­ing tar­get

DE­VEL­OP­MENT: Pair ex­tend ap­peal in ef­fort to buy premises and re­vamp hall

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS - STE­FAN MORKIS smorkis@the­courier.co.uk

We are ab­so­lutely de­lighted and over­whelmed to get all that sup­port. FIN­LAY WIL­SON

Plans to cre­ate a “world-class” yoga stu­dio in Dundee have taken a gi­ant leap for­ward af­ter a £36,000 fundrais­ing ap­peal was smashed.

The co-founders of Heart Space Yoga and Body­works are seek­ing to buy their Scott Street premises from their land­lord and re­de­velop the for­mer Lo­gie Church Hall.

A crowd­fund­ing ap­peal set up to raise £36,000 was due to close to­day but the tar­get was reached with more than 36 hours to spare.

Now that tar­get has been stretched to £66,000, which will help pay for ar­chi­tects to draw up plans to re­de­velop the build­ing.

Set up five years ago by Ian Alexan­der, 54, and Kilted Yoga YouTube sen­sa­tion Fin­lay Wil­son, 30, Heart Space Yoga and Body­works is a reg­is­tered char­ity.

More than 1,500 peo­ple at­tend classes at the stu­dio – which is tak­ing part in Doors Open Day to­day – each week.

The main hall of their premises al­ready rep­re­sents Scot­land’s largest yoga stu­dio but the pair want to cre­ate a mez­za­nine level and a re­tractable par­ti­tion to give them a more flex­i­ble use of space.

Ian said he had been over­whelmed by the re­sponse to the ap­peal.

He said: “We got a few pledges overnight and that means we can now move for­ward.

“We have stretched the fundraiser so we can go to the next stage of de­vel­op­ing the stu­dio.

“It’s re­ally pos­i­tive.”

Fin­lay added: “We are ab­so­lutely de­lighted and over­whelmed to get all that sup­port.

“It is amaz­ing that peo­ple have backed us so much.”

A state­ment on the fundrais­ing page said: “If we can raise this amount we can carry out the es­sen­tial plan­ning work re­quired be­fore we start re­fur­bish­ment.

“This will in­volve work­ing with our ar­chi­tects on the finer de­tails of our new stu­dio that will re­quire spe­cial­ist ex­perts and de­sign­ers to guide us through what we can build within our beau­ti­ful build­ing to cre­ate the amaz­ing space we have vi­su­alised.

“It is vi­tal to get this ground­work un­der way so we can open our world­class yoga stu­dio as soon as pos­si­ble.”

The ex­tended crowd­fun­der can be found at crowd­fun­der.co.uk/fu­ture-of­heart-space.

Pic­ture: Mhairi Ed­wards.

Yoga teacher Fin­lay Wil­son and busi­ness man­ager Ian Alexan­der at Heart Space Yoga and Body­works in Scott Street, Dundee.

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