The Yogi who opens a studio to extend the wisdom and traditions of this ancient healing body meditation of yoga has many opportunities to craft a unique stamp upon the studio. One way is through the aesthetics of the space, employing color, sound, scent, and light to make the studio communicate a vision. Another way is through hospitality. Offering tea, water, comfortable seating, and a pleasant changing room can all impact the soul of the studio. However, what it all comes down to is the basics, the pose is paramount.
What can you offer that will help the student practitioner find their best workout? One thing that is fast becoming very popular is Hot Yoga, replicating the conditions in India, where yoga has its deep roots.
For those who like it hot, infrared space heater aficionados swear by their benefits. Some companies, like Heating Revolution, realize how helpful these kind of devices are for yoga studios. As it warms the space, clients will find that the heat opens capillaries, which helps oxygenates the blood. Executing yoga poses in a hot studio encourages a detoxifying sweat. Muscles, joints, and bones loosen in the hot environment, allowing for greater flexibility.
Consider adding a humidifier to your yoga studio. The optimum balance between heat and moisture will aid practitioners in warming up and creating a healing sweat. The best balance some would say is 105 degrees with relative humidity of 40 percent. The optimum result would be to use a humidifier that will adjust to the changing levels of humidity as the yogis find their poses.
As you seek harmony as you enter the studio, so you seek harmony within. With heat comes the desire to balance heat/moisture. Then, with humidity comes a need to find the balancing element of air to maintain a safe and tranquil space. A dehumidifier can help your space retain a peaceful, healthy, and tranquil environment.
The desire to create a space to teach and share a love of yoga begins with the knowledge of the yogi. It begins with the being in the moment and honoring it. It follows into the passion of helping aid each student become centered in the pose. It inspires envisions, fashions, and calls into a being a yoga studio that is a gathering place to pass on ancient traditions, to carve space to slow down in a fast-paced world, to discover a community with like-minded individuals whose singular paths may converge for the space of a sitting.
Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn't on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber; https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009221637700