Northampton planning: Proposal unveiled to turn hair salon into yoga studio and wellness centre
'There's a huge demand for this, especially during the pandemic'
A plan has been submitted to turn a Northampton hair salon into a yoga studio and wellness centre, which aims be a 'beacon' for people's well-being.
The applicant, Yoga For All, submitted its proposals to West Northamptonshire Council this month (April) to move into Cuts in Kingsthorpe's Welford Road using the site's three storeys to accommodate the activities.
In the planning papers, Yoga For All says it plans to call the business The Breathe in Space, which would offer classes in yoga, Thai Chi, Pilates, Otago, chair yoga, pregnancy yoga, kid's yoga and relaxation/meditation.
Jo Moore, the Yoga For All owner, said: "There's a huge demand for this, especially during the pandemic - mental health is going to be the next pandemic.
"We are hoping to be a beacon for people's well-being, really help them relax and unwind.
"As soon as we open keep an eye out for us, we are going to have a big open day."
Many of the current clientele already attend classes and therapies offered by the business in other parts of Kingsthorpe, Jo added.
In the planning papers, Yoga For All wrote: "There will be an average of three yoga classes a day, the earliest beginning at 8am on some occasions and the latest finishing at 9pm on most occasions, Monday to Saturday.
"Holistic treatments upstairs will be available from 9am-7pm, Monday to Saturday. This may extend as restrictions are eased and the timetable expands."
In line with Covid guidelines, there would be only be allowed a maximum of 38 people in the building at any one time.
Jo said she started the company back in 2014 after leaving her profession in teaching.
She said in a blog post: "I left teaching in primary schools to follow my passion: teaching yoga and leading a more balanced, peaceful life.
"I believe yoga really is for everybody, no matter what your age, physical ability or background there are simple ways to incorporate yogic principles into your hectic lifestyle and achieve more inner peace."
Cuts hair salon was contacted for comment but did not respond.