Yoga centers are places that should ideally be tranquil and relaxing but it doesn’t always work out like that. If you’re looking to put together a yoga center or are renovating an old building to turn it into one, then there are a few considerations that you should make before you invest too heavily in any work.
The Best Environment for Yoga
Yoga is supposed to be relaxing. Ideally, you want the building to be quiet and calm, and also warm enough that people can stretch without risk of injury. For this reason, many yoga instructors opt to either host their sessions inside large gyms or leisure centers, or to use smaller community buildings that are well insulated and easy to heat.
If you are replacing a roof on a small building, then you should plan ahead – what is the weather like in the location where your building is? If rain is commonplace, then consider a slanted roof, and perhaps even having an attic or loft area that is well insulated to dampen the noise. Flat roofs with skylights or windows can be frustrating both during the summer (because who wants to lie down or be looking up in a stretch and be dazzled by the sun?) and distract in the autumn and winter when rain or hailstones fall on the roof and get noisy.
Make sure that the roof is strong and well insulated, and that if you’re using slate or tiles they are easy to maintain.
Period Properties for the Ultimate Experience
If you’re lucky enough to have access to a period property or a barn conversion, then you could put together a great environment for teaching – however, you should think carefully about how you will maintain the building in the long term. This is especially true if you’re part of a yoga franchise and will have fees to pay – you might think that your hourly rate will cover everything, but insurance, heating, marketing, and fees will eat into your living wage – so having to worry about paying to fix up a thatched roof after a wind storm is not something that you want to add to your list of stresses.
Insurance for Your Building
Once you have your yoga studio set up the way you like it, make sure that you invest in insurance. It’s important that you have insurance for the building and surrounding plumbing (if it is your responsibility) and for the contents too. Repairing a roof can be expensive, but a leaking roof can cause the whole building to become structurally unsound. There are some who like to say that insurance is a scam, but in truth, it is a hugely valuable thing for anyone who maintains their own property. Prepare now because that small financial outlay now will stand you in good stead for a long time to come. It would be a shame for your budding yoga studio to fail over worldly concerns.