Balance Amid the Beams: Invoke Studio Indy Finds Peace Despite Construction
Invoke Studio is an Indianapolis institution. As the city’s first vinyasa yoga studio (970 Ft. Wayne Avenue), flexibility is a familiar concept. Over the last two years, studio Co-Owner Jillian McAfee and her staff have seen how adaptability can help you overcome anything — including a global pandemic and the North Split reconstruction.
“I don’t think there is anyone who lives or works downtown who hasn’t been impacted by the construction,” said Invoke’s Jillian McAfee. “However, we are about halfway there. People are resilient and they are figuring out how to get to the studio.”
Invoke is described as an “urban fitness oasis in the heart of Indianapolis” offering Pilates, yoga and reformer classes at all levels. While it draws a strong customer base from the St. Joseph neighborhood, the 17-year-old studio’s culture also attracts commuters and people from the suburbs.
“We cultivate a strong sense of community, a deep knowledge of and appreciation for the practice, and the desire to create a welcoming, inclusive environment,” commented Invoke’s Founder Amy Peddycord.
Invoke’s management believes the North Split reconstruction will be good for the community and trust the experts making it happen. Jillian McAfee just wants to remind folks who have construction fatigue, be it from the North Split or any other downtown project, that yoga may be a good idea for them.
“That’s what we are here for, we are here to give them some peace in their day.”