Each month we’ll highlight a local fitness studio helping to transform the wellness scene in Indianapolis.
We’re so excited to introduce you guys to this month’s Studio Spotlight, Invoke Studio. Invoke opened in January of 2005 in the heart of downtown Indianapolis and has been consistently ranked as one of the top yoga and Pilates studios in the city.
The studio offers over 100 yoga, Pilates, and fitness classes as well as monthly workshops and accredited teacher training.
We chatted with Invoke’s owner, Amy Peddycord, who is also a yoga & Bar Effect teacher on how she’s built community around Invoke.
Check out our interview below.
Invoke Studio has a long standing with the wellness community. Can you share a little bit about the history of the studio? How has the studio been able to have longevity?
Amy: Invoke Studio opened in Downtown Indy in 2005 with 19 classes a week and four teachers. Today, the studio has more than 115 classes a week (plus an expanding an on-site corporate program) and more than 30 teachers. The second location – Invoke Wellness Center – opened on the Northside of Indianapolis in 2013 and has grown steadily offering a variety of wellness services.
Invoke has continued to thrive over the years through organic growth (expanding downtown and adding a second location), by cultivating teachers and focusing on the client experience as well as our connection to the Indy community.
What makes the Invoke experience unique?
Amy: Our sense of community. Invoke offers energetic yoga, Pilates, and fitness classes in a welcoming, community-minded atmosphere, providing an accessible experience to novice and advanced Indy yoga and Pilates practitioners alike. We believe that offering a variety of class times in heated and non-heated rooms makes our experience different. Many of our teachers have taught at the studio for 7 + years, which adds to our strong sense of family.
We’ve offered $10 Community Classes since the beginning and a free weekly meditation class. We are committed to giving back to the city with hundreds of donation classes and our free summer yoga series in partnership with Downtown Indy.
How did you find high-quality instructors? What does their training look like?
Amy: Invoke offers Yoga Alliance Registered 200-hour Teacher Training Programs and an Exalt Yin Teacher Training Program. Our vinyasa based program (directed by Ahna Hoke – established 10+ years ago) and our partnership with Exalt’s Yin founder, Michelle Finch, provides many of our teachers. We’ve offered Pilates since opening and a host a Peak Pilates teacher program that trains many of our instructors. We also occasionally recruit teachers from different 200 hour Yoga Alliance programs. Invoke teachers are dedicated to continuing education and furthering their yoga training locally or throughout the country.
The Indianapolis wellness scene is growing thanks to studios like Invoke. How do you see Indy’s wellness scene growing?
Amy: We love to see the growth! It’s amazing to see yoga and mindfulness flourish in Indianapolis. I’ve noticed new fitness studios popping up all over the city, growth in corporate wellness programming and the increase in attendance of city-wide events like Monumental Yoga and Yoga in the Outfield. We predict that yoga and Pilates will continue to grow in popularity with more men and an increase in the diversity of clients. Also, we believe mindfulness and meditation will thrive.