Salisbury Business Improvement District

Salisbury BID welcomes new yoga sanctuary to the heart of the city

17th March 2022

Salisbury’s very first dedicated yoga shop is set to have its official opening in The Maltings on 26th March 2022. 

Yoga Stuff will sell everything you need for your yoga practice, whether you are a beginner or advanced practitioner. There will be a range of active wear for both men and women, plus yoga equipment. The space will also include an area dedicated to meditation and wellness, and a tea corner where you’ll be able to find freshly made proper Indian Chai which is full of spices to enhance well-being. 

Owner, Ilona Coryndon Burns, has been teaching yoga for three years and that experience inspired the idea for Yoga Stuff. Many of her clients would ask for advice and express their frustration when trying to buy equipment online, so Ilona decided to create a shop that offered everything you need to live a yoga lifestyle in one place. She has now created an offer that you wouldn’t find on any other high street, bringing together high-quality products that are ethically made, in a safe and welcoming space. 

Ilona said: “If I had something like this when I first started out, just being able to walk into a shop and get everything in one place, from someone who knows what they’re talking about, and have a cup of tea while I’m there, I think that would have made one of my first experiences in the yoga world a lot better.” 

Ilona’s experience offers customers the chance to tap into her wealth of knowledge to enhance their whole ‘yoga lifestyle’. She’s ready to help in any way that’s needed: “It’s not just about a block and mat and a practice, it’s about feeling good in the things you wear while you’re practicing. It’s staying hydrated and looking after your body with wonderful products and looking after your mind with meditation. And, then, if you decide you want to look into nutrition, we can help you with that too.” 

Well-being is at the heart of the Yoga Stuff offer. It is more than a shop; it is a space to restore health and bring calm to your life. This is something that Ilona has found is in even more need since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, with many people attending her yoga and sound healing sessions to release tension and anxiety. 

Making yoga more accessible is important to Ilona. She wants to create a safe space where beginners can ask questions, learn and develop their own practice. Ilona wants people to realise how easy it is to try: “Yoga is not just for bendy people. It doesn’t matter what size or shape you are, whether you think you are super unfit or are a fitness guru – it's available to everyone. You could try chair yoga or a yoga where you break out into a sweat, it doesn’t matter where you are, there is a practice that is suitable for you. Yoga is a complete body-mind system that offers physical exercise and space to still the ‘monkey mind’ we all experience.” 

Salisbury BID is thrilled to welcome Ilona to the business community. BID Business Manager, Dan Collins said: “The addition of Yoga Stuff brings another quality shopping option to the city centre and an offering you won't find anywhere else. It is a positive time for Salisbury, with vacancy rates continuing to remain lower than the national and regional average, and more business owners choosing to open stores here. We look forward to a busy spring and summer across the city.”