A £15, 000 ‘UnLtd’ award has been granted to establish a new not-for-profit yoga studio at Whitley Bay Metro station.
The Yoga Station, managed by Duika Burges Watson, Helen Bedford and Jambo Truong, will have classes with a range of yoga styles including hatha, iyengar, dynamic, aerial and allied practices such as five rhythms dance, movement medicine, meditation and mindfulness training.
The Unltd money will be used to improve the site, install hardwood floors and under floor heating.
Duika said: “The Yoga Station is about yoga for everybody and we are keen to include those who may need more support to enjoy the benefits.
“This has been a community venture from the start and there will be more and more opportunities for people to get involved – at the moment we’d be really keen to hear from anyone with bookkeeping and grant application skills”.
The Yoga Station will accessed via an entrance just to the cafe on the metro platform.
It is anticipated the Yoga Station will open in the summer.
Duika added: “It’s such a perfect venue, very accessible by public transport, but also a great space with lovely high ceilings that will enable us to cater for aerial yoga, and with a really nice feel about the space – it has a slightly ‘industrial’ feel from its former use as a signals store, but also retains the features of its grade II listed status – both of which we want to preserve and show off.”
The Yoga Station design has been put together by a leading north east firm of architects Jane Darbyshire and David Kendall Ltd.
Whitley Bay station was originally opened to the public in 1910, and is designed in a ‘free baroque style’ by the engineer William Bell, who was also responsible for the design of the nearby Spanish City.
“The station is the gateway to Whitley Bay and I hope the yoga studio will add to the regeneration of the local area”.