By Hannah Bullimore
The Sage, Gateshead is perhaps one of our most iconic venues in the North East. It is now difficult to envisage the Quayside skyline without the cloudlike, mirrored shape of one of the North East’s most beautiful modern buildings. As I stand in line in the atrium of the Sage there is a definite buzz. Groups chatter excitedly, sunlight drifting through the walls of glass as the time for the doors to open draws closer.
However, this is no ordinary crowd of gig-goers. In fact, the people around me are clad in yoga gear, carrying mats under one arm and have the excited glow of those who have rolled out of bed on a Sunday morning ready to go and seriously chill out.
Yoga Live is an exciting new event on the North East yogis calendar. With tickets quickly selling out, it is now a much-anticipated occasion. For each event, Grace Johnson, yoga teacher at Yoga Therapies, partners up with a musician or group to create a highly unique and exciting yoga event. Not just a class, I think it’s fair to call this an occasion.
Held in the Northern Rock Foundation Hall, the room is a huge cube of tactile wood and glass, allowing the sound of the music and Grace’s voice to move around the space. Lines of yogis lie out their mats and sit in excited groups, making friends or chatting with whoever they’ve come along with. There’s a distinctly friendly atmosphere as they take in their unique surroundings.