Indie News: Every Body Studio’s New Space
Everybody Studio, a yoga and movement studio founded in Oxford in 2017 by Katie Gordon, is opening a brand new studio on Magdalen Road, which is four times the size of its old space.
The new studio, at 9 Newtec Place, will host yoga, Pilates and barre classes taught by a roster of 14 local yoga and movement teachers. The studio has also been designed with community in mind, including an office and co-working facilities, communal seating areas and space for workshops and other events.
Everybody Studio was previously based at a smaller studio in St. Clements. Katie wanted to create a space that was inclusive and accessible to all types of people.
“So many people can benefit from yoga and other types of movement, but very often they are put off by the idea of what it’s like, or worried they won’t fit in. I want to make it easy and accessible for more people and present a realistic view of what classes are like, helping more people enjoy them, and benefit from the community of a studio.
We’ve all been through a really tough year, and I’m excited about this new space where people can get together and feel good. Real connections are often made at yoga classes and it’s a joy to watch them blossom and see friendships come to life.”
The move was inspired after Katie saw the space was available:
“I spent a lot of time at the Missing Bean roastery during lockdown and saw the To Let sign on the building next door. I kept thinking what a great studio space it would be and eventually asked the agents if it could work for us. We have created a really special space at Newtec Place, the bigger studio means we can hold larger classes, while also welcoming people at other events. We want the space to feel like a friend’s living room, and people to know that they are welcome here, whether they think they are a ‘yoga person’ or not.
It’s important that we are responsive to what the community locally wants. Some studios and gyms cater specifically to a fitness audience, and so do some of our classes, but we also want to make sure we have classes that appeal everyone. That means classes for new parents, families, students and older people looking to work on their flexibility and mobility.”
The move follows lockdown easing, with restrictions on face-to-face classes now lifted.
“Because we had a smaller space in St. Clements we were limited with what we could accommodate to keep in-line with social distancing. During lockdown, we took our classes online, which worked well, and we’ll continue to offer that via a library of online classes. However, there is something special about people moving together, and the in-person interactions at a real-life class.”
Everybody Studio opens on 4th September 2021 – classes include hatha, vinyasa, yin and restorative yoga, pregnancy and post-natal yoga, children’s classes, Pilates and barre. Workshops including life drawing and supper clubs are also being planned.
To book visit www.everybodystudio.co.uk
Everybody Studio is hosting an open day on Saturday 4th September with extra classes in the morning, and in the afternoon anyone can attend to see the space and ask questions about classes.