The Whitespace Success Story
Whitespace opened its studio doors on the 30th October, 2010. The studio was the culmination and realisation of our founder, Deborah Berryman’s, vision: for everyone to experience and grow through mind-body practices, in a safe, warm, friendly and non-judgmental environment – regardless of age, size, gender, fitness, diet and lifestyle.
The day before we opened, the floor wasn’t finished, we were still building the furniture for our reception and nobody knew how to work the till!. BUT nothing was going to stop us going for it. And on the big day, we opened our doors to find a long queue of people out of the door! And so it began…..
Whitespace quickly became the leading yoga and wellbeing company in Milton Keynes and continues to thrive. In addition to becoming a national training centre, we have continued to grow with a wider teaching collective, spectrum of teaching styles, workshops and classes, and will continue to innovate and inspire with our community at the heart of everything we do.
Since opening, we’ve grown from strength to strength – each new expansion decided by our community of teachers and students. From the beginning, Whitespace Yoga set its goal to:
- create and support a community – a hub of teachers, students and like-minded people, giving them a place to connect, share and belong.
- have the best teachers who deliver classes that inspire people in their lives and their wellbeing goals
- provide a safe, warm and supportive environment that offers health and well-being through the practices of yoga and other mind-body practices – regardless of age, ability, size, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, income or lifestyle.
- help people think differently about yoga & wellbeing, by making it fun, inspiring and accessible for everyone.
- create an ethical business that is financially sustainable
- engage people and encourage them to, as Ghandi said, “Be the change they wish to see in the world.”
Our studio name ‘Whitespace’ was actually inspired by the art community. It’s a term used to describe negative space. It’s not blank space because it has a purpose: to balance the content by throwing what is on the page (or the screen) into relief. The white space helps focus our visual attention.
The same goes for us humans. In a cray-cray world that’s crammed and spinning so fast, we need that ‘negative space’ – that stillness – to contrast, rebalance and gain perspective. This ‘pause’ is absolutely essential to us finding deep contentment, health and happiness.
We pride ourselves on having one of the friendliest and most passionate teams in the biz. We believe in building relationships, and it’s a community effort with teachers, customers and staff who working alongside each other to help you achieve your wellbeing goals.We only work with teachers who both educate and inspire, to ensure you have the best experience possible; you won’t find us simply leading a sequence. We want to support our awesome customers – you; with your wellbeing goals both within and beyond the mat.
Thank you for sharing the journey with us!