- ABOUT SPACE FITNESS & WELLBEING -
Walk into Space Fitness and Wellbeing and immediately experience the calm and welcoming atmosphere. Located in The Grange, a beautiful Grade 2 listed building at the heart of Burley-in-Wharfedale, the light and airy studios have been updated, showcasing the original features against a contemporary backdrop, creating a relaxing environment that will leave you feeling renewed and invigorated.
At Space Fitness and Wellbeing we believe that the journey towards a fitter, healthier you should be enjoyable, fulfilling and renewing both physically and mentally. We offer you excellent instructors who are friendly yet professional, a safe environment in which to enjoy a range of classes, courses, workshops and therapies and a wonderful sense of community.
Pop in to our cafe and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and relax before or after class. There are magazines to browse and a range of wellbeing products.
Improving wellbeing is more than just a fitness decision so at Space our mission is to inspire, motivate and empower you to achieve your personal best and to help you feel fitter, stronger, healthier and more energised.
- MEET THE TEAM -
The founder of Space Fitness & Wellbeing has been described as the ‘powerhouse’ behind this dynamic business. Working alongside her amazing team of passionate professionals they strive to create a welcoming environment, which helps people of all ages and abilities to feel fitter, healthier, happier and more energised.
Sarah has always enjoyed a healthy lifestyle, combining exercise and good food. Whilst on holiday she decided to move her career away from fashion design and train to become a Pilates instructor when she realised that it is never too late to fulfill your dreams. Since creating her business, she has never looked back.
Having travelled extensively, living in Asia and Africa, Sarah is innately curious and continues to be so, staying up to date with health and fitness trends, the best of which she endeavours to brings to SPACE.
Sarah teaches PILATES and BARRE
As a keen rock climber and fitness enthusiast, David first turned to yoga as a way to take his rock climbing to a new level. With foundations built in Ashtanga Yoga, he undertook a 200 hour teacher qualification in Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga. A new style that brings the best from traditional and modern yoga practices to offer challenge in a way that is open to all levels.
At completion of his Core Strength Vinyasa training in 2018, David became the first and only male in the UK to be qualified to teach in this style. Since then he has been delivering yoga classes specifically to compliment cyclists, runners, climbers, power lifters and CrossFit athletes. The outcome is better overall health, recovery from and reduced chance of injury and ultimately improved performance within each discipline.
David strives to promote the benefits and huge versatility of yoga. In particular, he wants to encourage men who may be sceptical about yoga, or who are looking to push their own training to new levels. Whether an athlete or an occasional yogi; for life, for longevity he loves to encourage everyone to give yoga a go and find the style that suits them.
David teaches CORE STRENGTH VINYASA YOGA
After spending 3 years living in San Franscisco where she studied her 500 hours of Yoga Teacher Training Georgia returned home to Yorkshire. Practicing yoga has opened up a door to allow Georgia to live life in a more conscious and thoughtful way. As her practice has developed and evolved, she has continued to discover the endless teachings yoga has to offer.
As part of her training Georgia has specialised in Prenatal, Postnatal and Restorative Yoga and feels a special passion for creating a supportive and nurturing community for women through the time of pregnancy, birth and motherhood.
Georgia’s style of teaching is welcoming, safe and thoughtful, and considers each student as being unique and individual.
Georgia teaches MOTHER & BABY YOGA and runs our MOTHER & BABY WELLBEING WORKSHOPS
Laura brings her expertise as a fully qualified physiotherapist as well as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist to SPACE.
Never one to stand still Laura is working towards her MSc in professional practice and is a qualified Pilates instructor as well as a postnatal, mum and baby and pregnancy yoga instructor.
Outside of teaching, she is a keen climber and has conquered Kilimanjaro, Mount Fuji and Everest base camp and on top of that speaks fluent Portuguese.
Laura believes that wellbeing is about a positive state of mind as well as physical fitness and emotional wellness.Believing that movement is about quality and not just quantity, Laura’s classes are accessible to just about anyone with a strong focus on technique.
Laura teaches PHYSIO -LED PILATES and PILATES CORE
Jill has been practising yoga all her adult life and over the years has tried Hatha, Yin, Iyengar, Bikram/Hot Yoga, Kundalini, Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga. However, it was Vinyasa that spoke to her most because it incorporates flavours of other yoga practices, focuses strongly on breath and movement together and allows room for freedom and adventure in class.
Jill qualified as a yoga teacher in December 2014 and says she feels that yoga has a magical quality that can bring about amazing transformations on a physical, mental and spiritual level. Jill says “it is an absolute joy to help others obtain feelings of acceptance, well-being and peace. To me, that's what yoga is about - how we feel inside. It has been my saviour at difficult times in my life and I feel grateful every day for that”.
Jill’s classes are fun, challenging and open to all.
Jill teaches VINYASA FLOW YOGA and FOUNDATION YOGA
Emelia began her career as an Energy Worker and Massage Therapist going on to qualify as an advanced Colour Therapist and Crystal Healer.
The common denominator to her studies being how the body’s energy systems are working and strengthening them. Acknowledging the powerful role that the mind plays, Emelia then became a teacher of ‘Guided Imagery’ before embarking on her journey to become an instructor in Taekwon-Do, Tai Chi, Chi Kung and Meditation.
Emelia emanates peacefulness and calmness and you will leave her sessions feeling relaxed and renewed.
Emelia teaches TAI CHI
Jen has been practicing yoga for 20 years, exploring and enjoying different styles including Hatha, Ashtanga, yin, kundalini and Vinyasa.
Encouraging her students to connect with mind, body and soul, you will be warmly welcomed and immediately put at ease on the mat. She believes this is your time to quieten the mind and connect to the physical body. This time is vital in helping to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
Jen believes yoga isn’t just about being flexible, it is about what you experience while connecting with the body whilst synchronising the breath and movement together. Jen taught in a secondary school for 13 years and enjoys sharing knowledge with children and young people. She believes it is important, maybe now more than ever, to give our young people strategies to reduce anxiety, mindfulness techniques to be present and a physical practice to build strength and promote flexibility. She continually seeks to grow in her yoga practice, learning from different culture’s approaches to health, wellbeing and spirituality.
Jen teaches VINYASA YOGA and KIDS YOGA
Kate has joined the team at Space, teaching Flow Pilates and also offering physiotherapy appointments. She graduated from Manchester University with a BSC (tons) in Physiotherapy in 1998 and has more than 20 years of experience working both in the NHS and Private sector working with leading consultants in:
Injury treatment and rehabilitation with specific exercise therapy
Back and neck pain
Pre and post-operative hip and knee replacements and recovery of sprains and fractures
Fibromyalgia (pain, tiredness and muscle stiffness)
Kate uses a range of treatment techniques including soft tissue release, massage, spinal mobilisations and manipulation. Since becoming a mother Kate worked in the NHS as a Women’s health Physiotherapist and teaches post-natal Pilates (APPI intermediate to advanced Pilates instructor).
Prior to becoming a physiotherapist Kate trained at the Northern Ballet School and has a special interest in the prevention of injury with postural correction and Pilates. Her aim is to help individuals return to natural, effective, functional movement and a healthy, happy, pain-free life.
Kate teaches FLOW PILATES.
Ali is a Registered Nutritionist (RNutr) which means that she meets the highest standards in nutrition science training, competence and professional practice set out by the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN). She is also a Certified Nutrition Coach and has a Masters in Public Health (Health Promotion).
For 15 years, Ali worked with global food manufacturers including Nestle and Unilever, the UN and international charities developing their behaviour change programmes. She has also been instrumental in lobbying governments to make sure nutrition is included in global policy like the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
She now practices across the UK and within her own community. She delivers highly successful, sell-out workshops and works with corporate organisations to ensure wellness and health for their employees. She also has a growing client base of private clients whom she works with on a one to one basis.
In her daily practice Ali uses the skills from 15 years work in public health - including analysis of scientific data - with person-centred coaching to deliver lasting lifestyle change.
Angela is our very own ‘Front of House’ angel!
Taking care of everybody, plus anything that requires her special attention. She assists in the smooth running of Space, and aims to enhance your overall experience the moment you walk through the door.
With a professional background in design and property, she immediately fell in love with Sarah’s beautiful vision for Space.
Her own wellness journey uncovered a passion for following a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. She practices yoga regularly and is a self-confessed personal development junky... having studied NLP, counselling skills, meditation, energy medicine and nutrition she qualified in Reiki healing and is a DARE™ (Dissolve And Resolve Emotions) practitioner.
Angela loves to paint (canvas or walls), chat over a cuppa or gallop down her beloved Bamburgh beach.
Her favourite time is when clients tell her that Space is their healing place.
The beautifully serene Song grew up in rural Thailand, where having a massage for health reasons was considered the norm.
After graduating from Bangkok University, Song became a marketing and sales executive and found that her busy lifestyle meant she needed massages more than ever to help her relax and recover.
In 2011 she met her British husband-to-be and decided to train in the art of Traditional Thai Massage, believing that people in the UK would also benefit from the therapy.
Song moved to Yorkshire in 2014 and set up Song Thai Spa. Dar and Bow now work alongside Song, offering therapeutic massages. Their warmth and caring nature belies the strength of their healing hands, which can soothe away tension, aches and pains.
Susan is a qualified midwife with almost 30 years experience of supporting women in pregnancy, birth and new motherhood.
She is a qualified Hypnobirthing instructor and Rebozo practitioner and holds hypnobirthing courses and pregnancy relaxation classes in SPACE.
She is passionate about preparing parents for birth and new parenthood and believes that hypnobirthing provides parents with the tools to navigate labour, birth and new parenthood positively, no matter what type of birth they have. She also teaches preparation for breast feeding and life with a new baby. Susan’s style of teaching is nurturing, fun and informative and always includes guided relaxations.
She is a great believer in promoting self-care and enjoys regular yoga practice, mindfulness exercises and getting out in nature in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside
Susan runs HYPNOBIRTHING AND RELAXATION courses and workshops and is instrumental in MumsHub.