Yoga cou­ple reach out with ‘dream’ stu­dio

Stockport Express - - Front Page - EMMA CURRY [email protected]­ @em­malouise­curry

ACOUPLE have opened their ‘dream’ yoga and pi­lates stu­dio af­ter con­vert­ing space in an old mill.

Heidi San­der­son and Hugh Ay­erst from Heaton Moor have in­vested a six­fig­ure sum into cre­at­ing the Hot Lo­tus Well­be­ing Hub at Pear Mill in Bred­bury. They spent six months build­ing the stu­dio that in­cludes a ‘hot box’ stu­dio, chang­ing rooms, show­ers and treat­ment rooms.

Heidi has now quit her job as a di­rec­tor of a fur­ni­ture im­porter to run the busi­ness.

She said: “It was a scary thing to do, but we have cre­ated some­thing amaz­ing. We wanted to pro­vide a place – whether you are new to yoga and pi­lates or al­ready have a reg­u­lar prac­tice – where ev­ery­one can be­long.

“We feel so pas­sion­ately about it and can see the risk is start­ing to pay off.

“Run­ning the stu­dio is more than a full-time job and is phys­i­cally and men­tally de­mand­ing, but I al­ways fin­ish a class feel­ing bet­ter than when I started.”

Heidi took up yoga in 2012 as a way of deal­ing with stress and com­pleted a 10-week teach­ing course in Thai­land.

Hot Lo­tus launched in May 2017, teach­ing classes in a heated in­flat­able dome, but af­ter a year it be­came ob­vi­ous that Heidi and Hugh couldn’t in­crease mem­ber­ship any more, so they started look­ing for new premises.

They have now opened the Hot Lo­tus stu­dio and of­fer more than 35 classes a week, while mem­ber­ship has grown from 250 peo­ple to more than 600.

Classes run ev­ery day from 6.30am to 9.30pm, and in­clude hot yoga, in­ferno hot pi­lates, barre and aerial yoga, as well as preg­nancy yoga, classes for new mums and yoga for chil­dren. There will be ex­tra classes launched this month to ac­com­mo­date high de­mand in the evenings.

Heidi added: “As soon as we saw Pear Mill we knew it was per­fect – it’s in a great lo­ca­tion and gave us a blank can­vas to cre­ate some­thing spe­cial.

“We have peo­ple com­ing who are new to yoga and pi­lates, as well triath­letes and run­ners, and of­fer a range of heated and un­heated classes.

“In­ferno hot pi­lates is low im­pact and weight bear­ing, so is a good work­out but kind to the joints.

“Hot yoga can help with de­pres­sion and lower stress as well as the great phys­i­cal ben­e­fits of im­prov­ing mus­cle tone, stamina and get­ting a car­dio work­out.

“The heated classes also give you a good de­tox.”

Jill Jennings

●●Heidi San­der­son has opened Hot Lo­tus Well­be­ing Hub with part­ner Hugh Ay­erst

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