Roger Love talks to Abi Nolan of Supply Yoga,a studio with a social mission in Lower Clapton
Tell us about yourself
I’m Abi and I began Supply Yoga in 2015. The project was born from an unusual set of experiences: me engaging with my body through dance and choreography and working for third sector support services, and an interest in working with a diverse community of people and the social determinants of health that affect them.
What makes your studio different from others?
Supply Yoga is a social enterprise. We use the money you spend on our yoga classes to fund free yoga for community support service-users across East London. The more you practise with us, the more we can deliver gentle yoga to people living with long-term health conditions, those at risk of poor mental health, and those with low confidence and low financial and social capital.
Who are your teachers?
Wonderful, friendly, soulful, smiling people, some who’ll put you through your paces, some who’ll lull you into a deep restful state of being. All of them will make you feel comfortable and like you belong.
What kind of classes do you offer?
We offer a wide range of yoga classes, including Strong+Slow mid-level vinyasa flow, Beginner’s Practice classes, candle-lit Rest+Restore yin-style classes, and free monthly guided meditations. We also offer monthly workshops that cover somatic and theoretical matters including how to use yoga to manage mental health, how yoga can offer you a more meditative approach to living, and how yoga can offer balance during the menopause and menstruation. There’s something for everyone!
Describe your classes in three words.
Balanced, accessible, non-intimidating.
What kind of person would like classes at your studio?
People that want to breathe deep and enjoy honest, natural moving yoga at an affordable price and people that appreciate our mission to make a social impact by providing free or subsidised yoga for the wider community.
Who would hate them?
People looking for a competitive environment!
What makes you most proud of your classes?
The fact that they are a means of bringing the local community together and for bridging the gap between people that are usually able to access yoga and those that are scared off by high prices, perfect-body types or fancy leggings. The part I’m most proud of is that we spend our profits on delivering the joy of a yoga practice to people that truly benefit from it but may otherwise have limited access to it.
What’s the most memorable moment from your classes?
There are a handful of personal moments that will stay with me forever, stories that have been shared about how coming to our warm, welcoming space has helped people through very difficult times in life.
20 Median Road, Clapton. E5 0PL
Follow Sully Yoga on Instagram: @supply_yoga
Roger Love is a personal trainer based in Netil House E8.