It’s just before nine in the morning in the well-heeled north London suburb of Highgate. The area boasts A-list movie stars, Nobel laureates, some of the nicest views in London and in a few minutes’ time Jessica Stewart will officially open the neighbourhood’s new yoga studio.
Many businesses have rushed to move their services online as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but Jessica is one of those taking advantage of newly empty premises to go into the High Street.
“It is a huge risk and absolutely terrifying,” she says, shortly before her first class begins at her new State studio.
But she also says that the service has never been more important.
“Everyone’s mental health and physical health has been hugely affected by the lockdown.”
During lockdown one of Jessica’s streams