Elevate, a new independent Yoga Studio + Creative Space curated by Bristol-born artist and yoga teacher Ella Riggs, is launching at Bristol’s Wapping Wharf on Saturday (22nd August).
Elevate’s mission is to provide a platform for people to feel free within their body, to express and experience through a range of practices and artistic enquiry.
The studio at CARGO 2 will offer yoga, meditation, sound healing, 1-2-1 sessions, wellness workshops, spoken word and art events from a range of fantastic facilitators, teachers and practitioners. It is open and accessible to all, with sessions both online and in-studio.
Ella has taken over the space formerly home to Pure Yoga, where she worked as studio manager and teacher. Amelia Hodge, owner of Pure Yoga, has left Wapping Wharf to focus on her digital yoga business.
Ella said: “It has been my absolute dream to open my own space. Having worked closely with the wonderful Amelia when the space was formally Pure Yoga, I fell in love with the area and community. I’m passionate about bringing movement, rest, wellness and art to Wapping Wharf, now more than ever!”
Stuart Hatton, managing director at Umberslade, the developer behind Wapping Wharf, said: “Ella has already been a part of the Wapping Wharf community through her previous involvement in Pure Yoga so we know that her new venture will fit right in. We wish her all the best with her exciting plans for the studio; its focus on wellness couldn’t be more relevant and important right now.”
Ella, an artist and yoga teacher, paused her Fine Art Masters to complete her yoga teacher training on ‘The Healing Island of Women’, Isla Mujeres.
Ella added: “I realised both my art and yoga practice followed the same line of enquiry, just in different packaging: deep dives into the mind-body relationship, experiencing the body as a vessel to be enjoyed, challenged and understood. This forms the basis of my intuitive teaching style, reactive to the energy, needs and interests in the room.”
Wapping Wharf is in the heart of Bristol’s historical and cultural quarter, with its tree-lined pedestrian and cycle route, Gaol Ferry Steps, providing an important connection between south Bristol to the city centre.
Now home to over 40 independent businesses, many of which are based within CARGO – a popular hub made of converted shipping containers, Wapping Wharf features some of the city’s best independent restaurants, shops, cafes and lifestyle businesses.