Are you looking to design your yoga studio and need some ideas of what to look for? Here are the main things to consider when creating your yoga studio.
After you find the perfect yoga studio location, your next step is to figure out the best layout and design for your studio. You want to setup a certain feel and expectation for the studio. Students should feel welcome, calm, and ready to learn.
Let’s take a look at some of the more important aspects when designing your yoga studio.
What are the main things you want to look at is flooring. You don’t want something like carpet on the floors because they can get stinky and icky. And it would be difficult to keep clean definitely want hard surfaces.
But what kind of hard surfaces are you looking for there are several to choose from you can go from anything like:
- Luxury Vinyl Planks
- Stained concrete
- Wood Flooring
- Padded interlocking flooring
Any type of wood flooring seems to be the best that most yoga studios look for because it has a nice warm feel to it. Where as tile or Terrazzo will have a colder feel for the class.
When you use wood floors it’s also much easier to maintain and keep clean you may have to wipe it down daily to keep bacteria down. And you might need to refinish it every few years but if you’re getting regular hardwood floors and that shouldn’t be a problem.
If you’re looking at other types of flooring say it like the laminate wood flooring you can’t resurface them but they should be more durable to scratches. I’ve just noticed that they’re not as warm of a feel as regular wood flooring.
Conversely, there are vinyl luxury vinyl tile that’s come out recently and it’s a really good surface to offer typically these are waterproof. Even more waterproof than the laminate and a more waterproof than regular wood floors.
So take a look at that as well but you’ll definitely want to stick with a hard surface that’s easy to maintain and easy for them to put their mats on the floor so that they can do their yoga.
The padded flooring that you see a lot of gyms have might be a good effect as well. This can help keep joint pain down by adding an extra layer of cushion.
The next feature we want to look at is lighting. You definitely want to have as much natural light coming into your studio as you can and that’s just a way to bring in the beauty of the Sun and let it come in.
Be careful if you have a lot of Windows that people don’t usually like to be seen when they’re doing their yoga. So you don’t want for people on the outside of the buildings to be able to look in.
But there are a lot of other ways that you can do ambient lighting either with windows that are higher up to allow the sun or the natural light to come in without passers-by being able to look in at them.
If you don’t have a studio that has a lot of lighting then you’ll have to bring your own there are a lot of lights now that have multicolor facets. You can make the tone how you want in fact there are things like smart lights Lifx and Phillips have some great Hue Lights.
It can do a great job of mimicking the natural light I would say, do stay away from any and all fluorescent lighting as that just doesn’t bring in a good feel for anyone but take a look at the natural lighting.
If you can they’re a bit of a cost up front but then you can manage them all in one location because they are Wi-Fi .
If you don’t want to do that there are several beautiful looking lamp structures that you can place around the studio to give the ambient lighting a nice soft-touch.
Definitely stay away from light that shines directly into people’s faces because you want to give a nice soft structure that encourages them to get into their poses and to enjoy the moment
The next thing you want to look at are the Acoustics of your yoga studio. Unfortunately you’re going to likely have a large room to accommodate people and the acoustics could possibly be loud and echoey.
Do whatever you can to dampen that sound you can place neatly structured sound barriers in different areas that will help absorb.
Yoga studios like the humming puppy have done a great job of adding sound barriers and they also added a sound vibration that generates a specific vibration and it really adds another level for the class.
When looking at your studio space is probably one of the most important parts of this:
You want to have between 30 -35 square feet for each person to be able to do their movements.
So you’ll need to decide how large of a class you want to do how big of a room that is for you and then adjust accordingly.
If you can’t find a studio that is large enough to accommodate the class size then you’ll want to look at offering multiple classes to accommodate for the amount of classes that you need to do to stay in business.
Also with space look at the height of the studio you want to make sure you have at least eight feet high for the taller people who will feel comfortable with that they’re not crouching while they’re in your space
Choose a color palette that is inviting and relaxing to the students. Careful with doing too much vibrant colors because it might make it more difficult for the students to get into the right frame of mind.
You can add vibrant accents like yoga mats or pillows to introduce the colors you’re looking for while still keeping the studio feel calm and relaxing.
Next, in designing your yoga studio look for areas where you can provide student storage typically people will come in and they’ll lay their belongings somewhere.
You want to give them an area maybe with little cubbyholes if they can put their stuff in it doesn’t have to be too large of an area. It’s usually in the entrance if you can, but it’s just a spot where they can put their stuff.
Find a spot where you can create the student storage area in your studio and that is great for having inexpensive storage ideas and solutions that you can incorporate into your studios well
Now on the flip side, you’ll want to also have studio storage. In other words, this is an area where you want to keep all of your stuff.
If your studio will be offering the mats and the blocks and things like that for students then you’ll want to have a spot for them where they can go and retrieve the items during class and were there you can put them back so make sure that you have enough storage area a little area in the back of the room where you can put all of that in a nice structured way
Once of the biggest important things you want to look at are bathrooms. It doesn’t have to be a gym membership size bathroom, but at least give the opportunity for multiple people to go in and change if they need to.
If you can have a shower stall or a couple of shower stalls that’s fine. It’s not required so don’t feel like you have to offer that unless you’re going for a higher-end look and feel for your studio. You definitely want at least have a couple of stalls per sex or have Universal or have unisex and allow for everyone to go in there
You really need to look at having a retail area or a shop area you’ll want to be able to offer things that people are looking.
Maybe offer refreshments like water or food. If people are looking for a snack you can also offer things like yoga pants yoga clothing things like that and give an area that you can allow them to look without feeling cramped.
I’ve seen a yoga studio that they had kind of a little closet area and they put a lot of jewelry and crystals yoga clothing that the local their local friend had in there. But it was too cramped that nobody ever went in there. That was a shame because it was some really good stuff.
So look at offering an area dedicated to allowing people to shop comfortably you also want to look at offering it in a way that if you’re not there you don’t have to worry about things going missing not that you want to think about it like that but it is the possibility that you want to have it to where you can look it up when you’re not there
Another nicety to have would be a washing area and this is again if you offer mats and blocks for your students. Or Linens towels and things then you’ll want to have a washing area. See if you can have a washer and dryer on site if you offer Linens, but also have a tub or a bath of some sort or a shower stall where you can wash the items.
When you need to you can simply have a tub on area where you’re okay with getting things wet as your washing them in a tub that you bring like a washing bin
The next thing we want to discuss are the smells. The smells around in your studio you want to be careful of not creating too much of a smell that it’s off-putting to the students. Have something that is pleasing to them, so when you’re doing that think about incense.
When keeping bacteria cleaned up so that there’s not a smell that comes up after several classes and we’re talking about smells in two different categories one you want to be careful of the smells backing up from bacterial growth and easy way to do that is to Simply wash the mat and wash the flooring twice a week with cleaning solution that’s not harsh to the floor or harsh smelling to the people.
The other area is having sense give off that’s either with perfume of your yoga instructors or even the incense that they burn to enhance the yoga experience. Be careful that there are people out there who have sensitivities to smell so if you are going to do that make it a light and appealing as you can
Sounds and Music
Going along with the acoustics, the next thing you want to look at are sounds and music.
Of course you want to be able to have a sound that is inviting to them.Making it sound proof so that things don’t come it so outside noises don’t come in. But you also want to look at having some kind of speaker system or a system where everyone can hear if you are playing music in an enjoyable way.
We had someone once who was playing music off of her phone while she was giving a yoga class. And it wasn’t very appealing because it was very loud for the people in the front, but it was not putting off a very good sound for everyone. It’s just echoing throughout.
So if you are going to do sounds make sure you had a decent sound system setup so that it is enhancing the experience and not taking away
And then we’ll just talk about some things that don’t necessarily have their own section, but things like looking at mirrors.
Do you want to install mirrors they can be distracting for the most part but some people like it to see if they have a good form so maybe consider putting them here in just one little location.
And in the ones who need it or instruction and four assistants can use that.
Another idea is to look at your entrance way make an inviting. And make it large enough that people can come in and don’t feel like they’re cramped.
That also goes with where are you going to put the receptionist desk. Many of the things are online where people can log in online and check in online, but you’ll still have a few people who want to check in physically. You’ll need to have a place for the receptionist area to receive payments with cash, if you allow that.
Give them an area in the entrance way where they can do that or they’re not feeling cramped putting receptionist desk near the front or an area where you can answer questions or talk to people if they call is a good area at the front as well
When planning out the design of your studio consider adding vibrant plants in the area. They can put off great amount of oxygen and just give it a wonderful feel of inviting and rejuvenation. And make it feel homey. It will be great when people come in they feel right at home when taking the the yoga classes. There are some plants that are better than others and will create a whole new article on like the 9 best plants that you can do in your yoga studio.
Even though the majority of your time will be out in the class teaching the yoga to students. You’ll also want to have an office area where you can do all of your administration stuff. You want to make this as inviting as it as you can for your personality and for your needs.
But the bare minimum that you want to have in there is a desk for your electronics. You want a cabinet for your paperwork, and possibly a lock box for things that are important to you that you can keep locked.
Speaking of locking you also want to consider having a lock for your door for when you’re not in there then you can keep it locked so and no one else can come in
Now let’s briefly talked about your outside area unfortunately a lot of people tend to forget:
The Outside Area
Make it inviting and actually show signage. Foot traffic can be critical to bringing people in for classes. Make sure that you have the appropriate size signs that are pointing to the street so people can see them.
Have plenty of parking for when they’re coming in.
Consider also having some bench areas outside for so that people can discuss and talk to each other after classes so that they’re not crowding your inside ear it when you’re having another class come up consider having an area where they can meet outside to enjoy the outdoors and each other
With all those suggestions of things to consider when designing your yoga studio, here are a few yoga studios around the world to give you some ideas so you can get some inspiration.