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From The Ground Up!

by Ronald Sambursky, DMD, YBS Studio Owner and Certified 500 hr. Baptiste Yoga Instructor

People frequently ask me about the design of the yoga studio. With 6 years of experience having a hot yoga studio we learned a lot about hot yoga and yoga studio design by both research and trial and error. Before designing the new space we hired Chad Clark from Hot Yoga Studio Design as a consultant for designing the space and heating system. Through site visits and telephone conferences with Chad and our local team of HVAC experts, we came up with a design to efficiently heat/cool the general space with air purification. This provides a high level of comfort to people when they are in the juice bar and the other common areas.

As for the Yoga rooms, a lot of thought was put into the design with no expense spared. We feel that the environment inside the yoga space is critical as Hot Yoga is the heart and soul of our studio. Let me outline the yoga room design from the ground up:

studio-pic5The yoga floors are made of a special recycled rubber product which is becoming very popular amongst new Baptiste Studios. Hot yoga requires a floor which is easily cleaned and disinfected. Our old studio originally had carpet which was a problem for cleanliness although soft under foot. We upgraded to composite wood flooring which served us well after the flood for a few years. It was very easy to disinfect and looked great. When designing the new space we looked at several yoga floors that had properties that would make it easy to disinfect and be comfortable. Some of the floors that we tried were simply too soft and absorbent for our taste. We wanted a floor that was soft underfoot but still allows stability in standing poses. We found the perfect fit. Although our indoor sports court flooring came at a hefty price, we knew it was the perfect floor the moment we stepped foot on it. Another benefit is that it looks great and really helps to create the ambiance that we set out to create.

The walls are specially designed to keep the heat in and the sound out. A lot of credit is given to Chad for his design of the walls, insulation and sound proofing. This construction job was like no other for everyone involved. Although windows were not recommended, we wanted them and added them to the space. We used high grade insulated windows to cut down on heat loss. The natural beauty of having windows while practicing yoga definitely makes a difference. We made a conscious decision to eliminate the mirrors so that the practice is more natural. Since being in the new space we have heard only compliments about practicing without mirrors. We used Paint with low volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs are solvents that get released into the air as the paint dries. (Other products emit solvents, including adhesives, cleaning supplies, and even some home furnishings.) VOCs can cause acute symptoms, including headaches and dizziness. A big thank you goes out to Terry Ludwig for all of her help with the design. She was great to work with through a very difficult process.

studio-pic4The ceilings were designed with tray ceilings for two reasons. One is that it is simply a beautiful effect and the second reason is that it allows for up lighting. This indirect LED lighting allows the Yogis to practice without being distracted by bright overhead lights or wall sconces. The indirect light is contained within a cove of aluminum to shield yogis eyes and are another small contributing factor to a wonderful yoga experience.

Finally the heating system is the best, custom design that money could buy. Each room is designed with its own heating and air filtration system. That’s right—two separate systems with a common boiler. Each room is outfitted with a gas forced hot air system which is very efficient and evenly distributed around the perimeter of the room. There is also a secondary electric booster system which turns on periodically to help rapidly heat the room to the appropriate temperature when called upon by the system. Each room also has a continuous stream of fresh oxygen rich tempered outside air being pumped into the room. This eliminated the need for CO2 detectors to start a flow of new air. The air is purified with a Guardian Air system. This system removes odor from the air by killing germs and thus creating a safer environment. The Guardian air system is proactive as it sends ionized oxidizers into the room to destroy pollutants at its source.

Each room has humidity control as part of the system. The rooms can be humidified or dehumidified by the system. The humidity control is connected to our Ecobee thermostats which are computer programmable with remote access and alerts.

studio-pic3Finally our Aerial yoga room has been engineered with steel beams with cross supports and welded I hooks for attachment of the Aerial hammocks.

Our teachers who teach hot yoga are all trained or in training in Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga. Baron Baptiste, the founder of Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga recommends practicing in a heated room. That is why we have chosen to have this type of training for our team. Our studio was custom designed and built from the ground up to give you the best possible hot yoga experience.

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