The first dedicated hot yoga studio in Nottingham is set to open ahead of the festive season following a deal overseen by commercial property consultancy Innes England.
Hotpod Yoga, an intense but accessible form of yoga, will take over what is currently a commercial car park in Caste Gate in the city centre and is expected to open in November.
The city studio will be the second for Sarah Harrison who initially brought the brand to Nottinghamshire two years ago as a ‘pop-up’. Classes were so popular that she opened a permanent studio in West Bridgford.
Sarah said: “Hotpod Yoga is ultra-accessible and is genuinely for everyone – you can try it without ever having stepped on a yoga mat before, which is why it is so popular.
“The fitness and wellness industries continue to rise so I thought ‘I could do this too’, and the concept’s ‘inflatable nature’ – in terms of flexibility – allowed me to have a pop-up to test the market without properly committing. But two years later, it’s doing exceptionally well.”
Ms Harrison has been on the lookout for space in the city centre for some time and said she had “kissed a lot of property frogs,” before deciding on the Castle Gate location.
Craig Straw, director at Innes England in Nottingham, is acting on behalf of Hotpod Yoga and believes they have found the perfect fit.
He said: “Finding the right property for Sarah’s business wasn’t easy within the city centre as it requires a large, open plan space for the pod, so it took some lateral thinking to identify the conversion of an under croft car park as an option.
“As well as agreeing a deal for the space, our in-house building consultancy team is overseeing the conversion from car park to studio and ensuring that everything is just right ahead of Sarah’s planned opening later this year.”
Antonia Gardner of Gunner Cooke is dealing with the legal documentation on behalf of Hotpod Yoga