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Our Story

The start of Sandstone…

Michelle found yoga in her teenage years. She loved the way it made her feel and its deep spiritual connections to India. Yoga followed her throughout her life and her career as a secondary school teacher. Michelle decided to train to teach to enable her to create a home practice but before she knew it, others wanted to train with her.

In 2010 Bliss Yoga was born in Michelle’s attic at her home in Walsall. Her classic Hatha style with Yoga Nidra soon became so popular that she had to take her classes out to local venues. In 2013 Michelle opened her first dedicated studio in Aldridge.

A  year later Bliss expanded again by opening classes in Sutton Coldfield and in 2015 the Bliss Yoga Teacher Training Academy opened its doors and is now a Centre of Excellence for Teacher Training.

Now known to everyone as Sandstone Yoga & Pilates after a re-brand, we have 6 exciting studio spaces across 4 locations in the Midlands and Cotswolds. Online classes are currently available due to Covid-19, so please do check our studio schedule for information on classes to stream live.

Sandstone has a very powerful spiritual meaning. It is the stone of creativity; the stone of strength within relationships both at home and in the workplace; and it helps you to stay focused, happy and discern the truth. Sandstone is the very essence of our Yoga brand.

Our Promise

We want everyone to enjoy Yoga & Pilates and get as much from the practice of them as possible. Here are our 5 key values that form our promise to you:


We are so glad you made it to your online class!


Yoga & Pilates at a pace that suits you. Classes for all


Feel comfortable at home during your online class


Our experienced team are
always with you on the mat. Online chat before and after class available.


You will leave our classes
feeling happier and healthier

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online day retreat

Online Day Retreat to celebrate the Summer Solstice

Coronavirus may be keeping us at home but we can still come together.   Join us from the comfort of your own home, as our four...

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Charity Yoga Class for the Trussell Trust

Charity Yoga Class – Pay As You Wish Donations

Charity Yoga Class for the Trussell Trust with Sandstone Yoga and Pilates. Look after your own mind and body and also support families who are...

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Covid-19 yoga

Who do you want to be during Covid-19

How are you? Seems to be the question on everybody’s lips at the moment, more common than usual. I think that we are in a...

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How to start a home yoga practice

How to start a home yoga practice Continuing your yoga/ Pilates practice at home or starting it altogether as a new routine is something many...

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The Sandstone SuperStudio!

Dear Sandstone Yogi We are overwhelmed with the messages of support we have received. Thank you so much. It means a lot to know you care about...

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A Message as Our Studios Close

To the whole Sandstone Yoga & Pilates community, We would again like to thank you for your support and understanding over the past couple of...

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COVID_19 update from Sandstone

CORONAVIRUS – UPDATE – 17th March Dear Sandstone Yoga & Pilates community, Thank you first and foremost to all of you for your continued support...

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Learning how yoga can manage stress & anxiety

My continued learning I have just returned from 3 intensive days in London learning how to therapeutically use a yoga practice to manage stress &...

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Learn to teach yoga in 2020

Is this the year YOU train to teach yoga?

Our very own Lis joined the very first Sandstone cohort to train to teach yoga and hasn’t looked back! “I toyed with the idea of...

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Teen Yoga Founder Carlotta Martinus

Teen Yoga founder Charlotta Martinus joins the Sandstone team

We are delighted to announce that Charlotta Martinus has joined us as lead teacher for the Teen Yoga CPD in April. Charlotta is an inspirational...

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Yoga Teacher Training 2020 – Is it the year for you?

It was lovely to see so many people at the studio on Saturday for our Discover Teacher Training Event last weekend; all of us have...

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Sandstone Broadway – our Cotswolds yoga destination

If you haven’t ventured to Broadway and you live for that idyllic country village setting, then Broadway has to be on your list! Our newest...

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2019 – What a wonderful year!

Yoga Teacher Training. Last year we  had an amazing group of students. What an  absolute pleasure to welcome you all into our community here at...

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Yoga Franchise

WIBEXPO 2019 – The power of women

Encouraging Women into franchising. Being a woman, and a business woman, can be testing. Ultimately rewarding but at times, like you’re walking through mud. Having...

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Pip Wilkins, CEO of the British Franchise Association in discussion with Michelle Nicklin

In an ever-connected world, it is becoming increasingly easy – and expected – to always be available in business. If there is anything that Michelle...

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Coming back to teach – Michelle’s Back to the Mat this Autumn

“I’m so looking forward to coming back and teaching again! I have missed it & missed YOU!” Back To The Mat gives you the opportunity...

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Our Family is growing…Meet Ruth-Anne, our fourth franchisee.

Following an amazing response to the Sandstone franchise opportunity we are pleased to announce that we have granted our fourth licence to operate a Sandstone...

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Phil Evans yoga teacher

Phils Evans listens to his body.

As so often happens, people come to Yoga through searching. Searching for health, searching for spiritual connection or searching for community. I came to it...

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How Yoga Affects Your Nervous System

By guest blogger Dr Yogi. How Yoga Interacts Powerfully with our Nervous System The Vagus nerve is the 10th cranial nerve that exits the brain...

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Launching the Sandstone 500 hours CPD

The Sandstone 500 Certificate is a mark of excellence in Yoga Teacher Training. If you already have a 200 hour certificate (from any accrediting body)...

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Looking to learn the Foundations

If you’re looking to increase your yoga knowledge and build your confidence to take your practice away with you then our Yoga Foundations course is...

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Prestige Award Winners – Yoga Studio of the Year 2019!

We are so pleased that we have been awarded Yoga Studio of the Year 2019 by Corporate Live Wire! Over the last 16 years the...

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Giving Back

Princes Trust Time is such a luxury for most of us isn’t it?  I know as I have worked hard to grow the Sandstone brand...

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Sandstone Academy 500 hours CPD is here!

500 hours CPD with Sandstone It’s arrived! I’m so pleased to announce that The Sandstone Academy is now offering 500 hours CPD! If you’ve previously...

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Partners with Forest Star FC – Wellbeing for kids

Forest Star FC Our friends at Forest Star FC have featured us on their new website. As you know, the benefits of yoga to children...

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My ESpark journey

Michelle Nicklin – Sandstone Yoga The real business journey began when I joined an accelerator… I love yoga. Loved yoga for over 30 years.  I had...

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Michelle’s Menopause Campaign – Part 2

Yoga for Hot Flushes – Hot Yoga for Menopause! You Must be Joking! Ok, I am happy to admit I have suffered from hot flushes...

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Michelle’s Menopause Campaign

It’s such a shock when it happens isn’t it? I finally admitted to myself I was going through the menopause when my usual 8-9 hours...

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Our Gallery

View our gallery featuring various yoga poses and scenes from our daily classes