Yoga by the seaside

Councillor Mark Smith, with Angela Ross, who has set up the town's first dedicted yoga space in Bispham

Councillor Mark Smith, with Angela Ross, who has set up the town's first dedicted yoga space in Bispham

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A Blackpool mum is stretching herself – by becoming her own boss.

Angela Ross has set up the town’s first dedicated yoga space in Bispham, two years after she got started by running her own company.

Angela, who had previously been renting spaces across the town, has set up Yoga Blackpool at its permanent base, at the corner of Red Bank Road and the Promenade, allowing visitors to relax with breathing and stretching techniques – while overlooking the Irish Sea.

The mum-of-two has been practising yoga for more than 15 years, learning from various teachers. She says yoga can be of great benefit to anybody.

Angela said: “I incorporate these principals into my yoga classes, creating safe sequences which support the breath and strengthen the body. I am passionate about yoga and its benefits.

“I love teaching and sharing my knowledge and experience. My yoga practice helps me to live the life I have with kindness, tolerance and love for myself and those around me. Life isn’t always easy, yoga helps.

“I have been searching for the perfect location for more than three years and believe I have found this in Blackpool, where my studio is located.

“Yoga Blackpool is situated on the first floor, overlooking the sea, with panoramic views, an oasis of calm.”

It was thanks to help from Blackpool Council Angela was able to get her new venture off the ground.

Angela got involved with Get Started, the council’s business start-up service, two years ago, when she attended a specialist enterprise course. With help on her business and financial plans from the team’s experts her company her gone from strength-to-strength – culminating in her finally setting up her own studio.

Coun Mark Smith, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for business and economic development, said: “I’m so happy for Angela now she’s been able to find a base to run her business from, which will help her to further establish it across the town. In our busy lives, Angela has spotted a gap in the market to help people relax and take control of their mental health.

“Ninety per cent of the businesses Get Started has helped in the last two years are still operating and in some cases, doing very well indeed. That’s because business can still benefit from our expert advice and support even after they are up and running.”