When a student or practitioner enters a yoga class, the foremost thing he/she notices is the environment in the room/studio. The vibes that come from the setup, feel-good atmosphere sets energy and motivation in the classroom. The calming effect created through the perfect environment setup for yoga class ensures the students feel maximum energy, give their hundred percent, and be able to attain the desired outcomes more quickly.
Here are some great tips on how to have a calming and relaxing yoga class or yoga studio, helping your students to rip multilevel benefits of yoga to the full extent, and to positively impact the number of attendees in each session.
1) Design and layout for a yoga class
Try to choose a spacious place where you can accommodate plenty of students. Think about the arrangement in such a way that the students can stretch and exercise comfortably on the floor area. Always keep the space free from unwanted furniture, and other unnecessary stuff. Try to have a fully open space for maximum comfort. Keep an idol of meditative buddha or any god for more spiritual connection.
Similarly, the design of your yoga class also plays a very crucial role. People come here to relax, have a world filled with peace, to let go of all the negative thoughts. Try to keep the design as simple as possible. The design should be as natural as possible, avoid artificial modern interior, be elegant, sophisticated, and clean.
2) Space management in yoga class
Arrange the room in such a way that it feels spacious. Space should be utilized wisely. All props and equipment should be arranged on shelves in a proper alignment such that no space is wasted. Try to keep the office or reception area separate and in such a way that there is no noise disturbance. Any noisy room or area should be kept out of reach of the yoga room. The practicing room should be peaceful, noise & hassle-free.
3) Yoga class lightning/illumination
Avoid flashy fluorescent or any such sharp light. Natural light is the best way to illuminate your yoga class/studio. Glasswork allowing lots of natural sunlight, with a view having greenery outside is an adage. If it is not possible due to space constraints in big cities then try to have some hanging plantations in the area. Evening sessions can be conducted in soothing lights or can be done in candlelight for meditative purposes. Natural light, greenery helps the students to connect easily with nature.
4) Pay attention to the flooring
It is one of the most influential and important points to keep in mind while designing a yoga classroom or yoga studio. Avoid the slippery floor. No need to use high-end costly marble, vinyl, linoleum flooring. Hardwood flooring gives an aesthetic feel. Pamper the floor with yoga mats, blankets and bolsters to feel the comfort of the relaxing yoga poses.
5) Incense and soothing music for a yoga class
It is a topic of discussion whether to keep incensed in a yoga practice room where breathing smoke is always a no-no. A room filled with lots of smoke, the strong smell can make you feel suffocated. Still, the smell of incense has a relaxing and spiritual benefit. It is advised to burn aromatic incense at least 30 minutes before the yoga session starts or any student enters the room. This way the room is left with a calming fragrance without any suffocating smoke.
Similarly, yoga and meditative classes with some soothing and relaxing background music played at the minimum volume create a divine atmosphere to connect easily with your inner self. Music has already been proved to have healing properties. Make sure the music is very soft and subtle. Avoid noisy, disturbing music.
6) Fresh airflow in yoga class
Lots of windows keep the fresh air flowing in the room. The ceiling must keep at a high level. Lower ceilings hinder the movements and also restrict the flow of fresh air. Pure white, light yellow, light green, or light blue, cream wall colors are preferred for a natural, subtle look. No need to put any paintings or artwork on the wall of the yoga class as it can distract the practitioner.