What Storage has to do with Creating the Perfect Yoga Space in Salt Lake City
The classic yoga image is a dozen or so practitioners balanced in warrior or tree pose and out in the open space of the studio floor. This image is great at conveying the experience of taking a yoga class, but it tends to hide how much equipment is needed to run a successful yoga studio and group practice.
Maintaining a Smart, Efficient Yoga Studio Space
We visited 21st Yoga in Salt Lake City where we talked to James Hardy, a yoga instructor with nearly a decade of experience. “It’s been huge for us as a yoga studio to make sure that when a client walks into our space it is open and inviting. A big thing is making sure that our clutter is all stored away.” What clutter? Extra mats, straps, blocks, and bolsters. Filing cabinets, computers, printers, signs and sign-making materials. Desks, chairs, sofas/benches, shelving, and baskets. Tapestries, candles, sound systems, lamps and lighting. Pen and paper, credit card reader, and lockbox. Spare toiletries and cleaning supplies.
In many ways, these supplies are hidden by design to create a better yoga environment, but it’s also crucial that they’re handy. Rather than rummaging through a cluttered supply closet or running to the store, certain items need to be readily accessible, even if they’re not needed on an everyday basis. “A great example is when you need something as simple as a replacement light bulb,” Hardy explains. “The more organized our storage is, the more smoothly we can run.”
Creating Your Own Yoga Space in Utah
A lot of yoga enthusiasts look to make their practice more affordable by signing up for class cards or unlimited memberships, but many practitioners also look to supplement studio classes with an at-home yoga practice. For many people, it’s not about the money so much as their schedule and time demands. These individuals look to practice yoga once or twice at home and once or twice a week at their favorite studio. Likewise, creating a viable yoga space in your home and using a quick online tutorial is a great way to introduce yourself to yoga and overcome any reservations you may have about attending a studio class.
Whether it’s a spare bedroom, garage, basement, or living room, it’s important to try to create an open space that will help foster a sense of relaxed focus. It’s hard to listen to your body if you’re worried about an arm or leg hitting bedroom drawers, wall shelves, or gardening equipment. Storage is a great way to create a clutter-free yoga space in your home. And yet, even the best in-home yoga space is no substitute for the trappings of a yoga studio and the expert guidance of a yoga instructor. Learn more about the pros and cons of practicing yoga at home vs. in a studio from Find Health Tips.
Take Your Yoga Practice Outside
Our Salt Lake City storage center handles an incredible range of local storage needs. Some of our customers put yoga supplies in with their stored camping gear. We talked to one individual who discovered outdoor yoga during a trip to the San Rafael Swell. “My friend had brought this podcast on her phone, and a small group of us hiked out a little way from where we were making camp. And we found this level section on a rock ledge and did the podcast. It was awesome.” Now—along with the tent, sleeping bag, coolers, and canopy—the group puts a couple yoga mats, gently dusted with bits of sand from the last trip, in with their grab-and-go camping gear.
Likewise, outdoor enthusiasts in Utah may pack a yoga mat as part of their lake supplies, hiking equipment, or even their ski gear—for times when the slopes are closed or for when you need to stretch out muscles that have gone tight. Whether you have a favorite studio, a designated space in your home, or a special spot out in the wilderness, take a minute before your next yoga session to appreciate your current space. And look for ways to make the area and props more conducive to your yoga practice.