My community cornerstone: Stables Yoga Centre
Stables Yoga Centre is one of York’s hidden gems, tucked neatly away in the heart of the ever-popular Bishopthorpe ‘Bishy’ Road area, just off the period-pretty Scarcroft Road.
The project was the result of a shared dream by owners Sophie Carr and Linda Grenyer, who wanted to create a yoga sanctuary with a supportive and caring environment, suitable for the whole community.
The space houses two studios which welcome beginners, improvers and those who are more accomplished. Whether you’re looking for invigorating, dynamic ashtanga or the more meditative and gentle hatha - there’s a style to suit everyone here.
We spoke to Sophie about how the space has become one of York’s most treasured community cornerstones:
What was your original vision for the Stables Yoga Centre?
“We wanted to create a place where the joys and benefits of yoga and mindfulness could be shared with others in our community. A place with teachers of the highest calibre who are dedicated to their own personal practice and to the development of their students.”
The space is beautiful - a real escape from the hustle and bustle of nearby Bishy Road.
“Yes, we were very lucky to find the building for sale, fell in love with it straight away, and completed the purchase within three weeks of seeing it. It felt completely right, despite the fact that it needed a lot of work. We tore down walls, ripped out floors, and worked incredibly hard to get it all ready to open a few months later.”
And how has it evolved since opening?
“Since then the Stables has gone from strength to strength. We have been joined by Barry Vardy, who must be the most inspired (and funniest) pilates teacher in Yorkshire. We are very fortunate to employ highly talented yoga teachers; it’s because of their skill and our shared vision that the centre has become such a well-loved part of the local area. We offer yoga, pilates and mindfulness at all levels, with daytime, evening and weekend classes and workshops.”
And the space seems to be a draw for lots of mums in the area too?
“We are a hub for all things pregnancy and baby-related, with four pregnancy yoga classes and three post-natal yoga classes per week, as well as birth preparation classes, sling-wearing and baby massage sessions. We have also been voted best pregnancy class in York by family what’s on site Little Vikings.
And how does the centre fit into the ethos of nearby ‘community-friendly’ Bishy Road?
“We are an established member of the Bishy Road Traders Association and also occasionally rent out our two beautiful studios to practitioners who share our vision.”
You attract plenty of regulars, but what would you say to people who are new to the area and thinking about visiting?
“The centre is probably best summed up by a few comments from our clients:
'I feel very lucky indeed to have the Stables nearby! Yesterday I attended a workshop run by Lucy Corbally. It was incredibly inspiring, I'm so grateful and will definitely be signing up for more yoga and mindfulness at the centre next week.’
'A beautiful warm, inviting space with lovely, friendly and welcoming teachers. Lots of different classes to try so you can find the style of yoga to suit you. If you haven't been yet do give it a try, you will love it I am sure.'
'What a fantastic place to practice yoga. It has a very welcoming and uplifting feel and tons of classes for all levels. I live locally but would be equally good if you're visiting York and looking to fit in a class to keep your practice going. Very reasonably priced too!'”
And what new things can we expect to see over the next few years?
“We'll be increasing our workshop and event schedule and beginning some children's classes. We'll also offer community classes, which will be taught by recently-qualified teachers and will be payment by donation. We'll also be developing a new ante-natal course, and maybe even a teacher training programme. It’s all very exciting."
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Image source: Stables Yoga Centre