Reaching for yoga dream in Sheffield

Nicola Harpin, of Hunter's Bar, who is setting up a Yoga business in new premises at Blenheim Reach, in Ecclesall Road.
Nicola Harpin, of Hunter's Bar, who is setting up a Yoga business in new premises at Blenheim Reach, in Ecclesall Road.
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A yoga teacher who is determined to make the discipline accessible for all in Sheffield is opening her own studio.

Nicola Harpin traded in the hustle and bustle of London life as a sales director for the serenity of Sheffield seven years ago.

Soon after, he ditched the power suits and donned her yoga kit to become a full time instructor.

Now the mum-of-two is preparing to launch her own yoga venue at Blenheim Reach off Ecclesall Road.

Nicola, of Brocco Bank, Hunters Bar, said: “I have been doing yoga for about 14 years.

“I think I was just a bit stressed at work and decided I needed so do something that wasn’t weight lifting - so the most de-stressing thing I could think of was yoga.”

Eventually, Nicola got sick of her high-pressure work environment and decided to re-train. She thought school teacher training would be too much of a commitment so instead went on a yoga teaching course.

It was at her teaching course that she met husband Richard, 43, a university lecturer. She moved up to Sheffield to be with him, quit the sales job and the rest is history.

“I started out teaching at the Buddhist Centre in Walkley,” said Nicola, who is mum to Ben, four, and Ollie, one.

“I taught yoga a little bit in London but I have to say the people in Sheffield are much nicer so the classes are really friendly.

“I feel blessed to be able to teach here.”

Nicola will offer yoga classes for babies, toddlers, pregnant women, disabled people and more from her new studio, Yoga At The Reach, which opens on April 1.

The studio has space for 25 to 30 mats and she is looking for more instructors to join her team and offer a variety of classes.

If you are interested in teaching or learning yoga with Nicola, call her on 07739 490143.