Barefoot Birmingham is a beautiful boutique and Hot yoga, yoga and Pilates studio, just a couple of miles from the city centre in the leafy suburb of Harborne. The company is a social enterprise with a mission to make yoga and complementary therapies available to the whole community.
The Barefoot centre has two light and airy studios, a therapy room, changing facilities with showers and a lovely reception area for tea and chat. Therapies include physiotherapy, massage and Reiki, homeopathy, talking therapies, acupuncture, meditation and mindfulness sessions. You could certainly call it a one-stop shop for health and wellbeing.
Founder Faye Fenton explains, “The Mantra at Barefoot is ‘Strong Mind, Strong Body.’ We help people get happy and healthy, simple as that. Of course, people come through the doors for all sorts of reasons – to relax, fix a bad back or to get that bikini body, yet inevitably end up discovering the host of other incredible benefits that yoga has to offer.”
“We mainly see women in our classes but we’re excited to see the numbers of men growing as they realise just how much yoga and Pilates can do for them.” The studio offers all styles of yoga, including pregnancy, warm and Hot yoga, beginners’ classes, kids’ yoga, gentle Hatha, and Rocket yoga with the talented Ambra Vallo, former principal dancer with Birmingham Royal Ballet.
Particularly popular is the Friday night candlelit class, helping yogis unwind after a long week. The variety keeps classes fresh and vibrant but also allows different teachers’ talents to shine. As well as workshops with Barefoot’s own inspiring teachers, the studio regularly hosts special events with international yoga stars such as Cat Alip-Douglas of Jivamukti London.
With around 20 classes a week to choose from, Barefoot is flexible and relaxed with people dropping in for single classes as well as taking out memberships. Whether young or old, bendy or not, Barefoot Birmingham truly has something to appeal to everyone. Look out for more Barefoot classes popping up across Birmingham soon.
7 High Street
0121 426 2633