Why business is booming for new Farsley yoga studio

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Sunny Bank Mills owner John Gaunt with Sarah McLaughlin. Photos by Giles Rocholl

The owner of a new yoga studio in Farsley has said business is booming after the pandemic opened people’s eyes to the importance of mental health and wellbeing.

Anahata Yoga has moved into the historic Old Combing building at Sunny Bank Mills in Farsley.

Sarah McLaughlin, the owner of Anahata Yoga, said:

“The studio has been well received and is busy. The pandemic has opened people’s eyes to the benefits of yoga for mental health and wellbeing – yoga not only helps with stress and anxiety but helps us to find balance and build strength.

“There is a wide variety of people visiting the studio as I have ensured there are classes open to everyone of all levels of ability. I have lots of local customers – Farsley, Pudsey, Calverley, Horsforth, Rodley and some from further afield.

“The Mill is a hive of activity with businesses, bars and eateries. We have many people from the local businesses coming to the studio and I am working closely with local business Massage Addict.”

This is the latest in a raft of new lettings at Sunny Bank Mills, where Yorkshire Television’s Emmerdale and Heartbeat were filmed.

Sarah explained she chose the award-winning Sunny Bank Mills because: “I wanted to open a studio with a real community feel and I absolutely love what Sunny Bank Mills has to offer.

“Filled with local businesses, art studios and designers, it just felt like the right place to be. In the heart of Farsley where I live, my studio’s location was key and Sunny Bank Mills ticked all the boxes. The studio is a gorgeous big space, light and airy, so for me it offers the perfect setting for a yoga studio.

“I live locally and am a regular visitor to the Mill Kitchen, Grumpys and the Art Gallery, all housed at the Mill. I also love their Christmas Market. When I first moved here on my return from London, I attended one of the tours of the mill and I absolutely love how well-preserved the history of the mill is. I will definitely be looking into the history of Old Combing,” she commented.

During the past ten years the multi award-winning Sunny Bank Mills, one of the most famous family-owned mills in Yorkshire, has been transformed into a modern business and cultural, employment hub fit for the 21st century. It is now home to 75 companies, who employ a total of nearly 400 staff.

Apart from her yoga, Sarah McLaughlin works with St George’s Crypt, the Leeds homeless charity, and Children’s Corner, whose head office is at Sunny Bank Mills.


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