Yulia Kovaleva, Founder of Re:Mind Studio
I opened Re:Mind in February 2018 and before that I’d been working on the project for about two years. It took ages to find the right space and really define the idea and concept. It was during my time at university that meditation first came into my life. I hadn’t experienced it before I moved to London from Moscow.
Over the years, I’ve had times when I was meditating and times when I wasn’t, but have always felt better when I include it in my daily routine. I wanted to create a dedicated space that offered all the different meditation styles, healing modalities, sound therapies and breathwork I’d learned.
When designing the studio, it was important to us to use lots of plants, warm lighting, pinkish colours and wood as these things all promote relaxation. Lots of people say that attending our classes is life changing. I feel like we’ve really raised awareness around meditation and healing modalities since we opened, giving a boost to our local community.
I burn out quite quickly, doing a lot of different things at once, so I’ve learned to really separate out my time. I’m not teaching right now because I can’t switch off quickly enough to move into the management side of things. I work my best when I feel like I’m in a meditative state throughout the whole day and everything just flows.
I would love to have one or two more studios in London but secretly I’m trying to relocate myself somewhere in nature, so I’d love to have a retreat hotel in the country. I’d like something that’s a blend between a medical spa and a healing retreat.