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How To Find The Best Flooring For Your Yoga Studio

This entry was posted on January 16, 2015 by dollamur.

 

By Heidi Sonju

When opening a yoga studio, the process is daunting. There are so many options – from location, paint colors, lighting, hiring teachers and so on. However, choosing a yoga surface may be the most important decision you make.

Proper yoga flooring is an essential component to a positive experience. As an owner, there are multiple factors you need to consider such as comfort, cost, durability and the type of practice your studio will promote when choosing your flooring. This helpful guide will ensure you end up with the surface that fits your practice, values and budget.

Safety

When choosing a floor, safety should be your main concern. Yoga is practiced directly on the floor and should be free of all odors, nails and other defects.

More often than not, studios install flooring not designed for yoga use, such as carpet or wood. This leads to a variety of safety problems, including unstable and slippery footing, abrasiveness and minimal shock absorption. Not to mention the odor you will have with carpet and the splitting of the hardwood floors from extreme use, moisture and heat.

Proper flooring provides your clients enough space to move freely on a slip-resistant platform to ensure stability in more advanced poses. Dollamur Sport Surfaces (Dollamur) has applied these ideas to its new yoga flooring system. The easy-to-install, wall-to-wall surface maximizes studio space with an anti-skid layer to ensure clients’ hands and inversions do not falter.

Dollamur yoga flooring is available in ½”, ¾” and 1” thickness to create a superior shock-absorbing platform useful for clients trying inversions or older clients with joint issues, yet photo 1meets the aesthetics need for hardwood.

Sanitary and Cleaning Considerations

Your yoga floor should be chosen with cleaning and sanitary considerations in mind. Having a surface not easily and thoroughly cleaned can result in a multitude of problems. Such issues include mold, fungi, odor and increased possibilities of contracting STAPH infections.

The floor should not absorb water nor stay wet for long periods of time. Look for a surface that allows for evaporation and features anti-microbial properties. Finally, be sure your flooring does not release particles, filaments or harmful outgases. The goal should be to provide a dust-free, less toxic and hypoallergenic yoga practicing environment.

Style of Practice

If you practice Bikram or hot yoga, you need a floor that can withstand the heat nor expand or contract with higher temperatures. Also, make sure your flooring system will not separate in the heat, which can cause bubbling and cracking on the yoga mat surface.

Durability

When choosing a flooring system, the largest deciding factor – other than general cost – is value. Are you getting what you paid for? Is the surface environmentally-friendly? Does it have a special design or surface texture? Does it come with a limited product warranty? It is important to get answers to these questions before moving forward.studio

Time to Shop

Knowing what you are looking for in yoga flooring is very important. This guide is designed to point you in the right direction and help find the perfect surface for your practice, priorities, lifestyle, values and budget.

Happy shopping and, as always, “Namaste.”

About Heidi Sonju

Heidi is a certified ACA Fitness personal trainer and the Yoga Manager for Dollamur Sport Surfaces (Dollamur), the largest global manufacturer, and distributor of high-performance competitive sports flooring for wrestling, martial arts, MMA, fitness, gymnastics, cheerleading and other activities. Dollamur mats are proudly made in the USA.

To contact Heidi: [email protected], 651.600.4279.


Grab a copy of the Yamas and Niyamas poster to hang up in your studio! It will look good next to the new flooring!!

Yogi Tones Podcast with Ravi Singh – Life In The Vast Lane

With 35+ years teaching experience, this internationally celebrated New York / LA Teacher remains fresh in his quest to keep innovating with new methods, approaches, depth and insight. Ravi (with Ana Brett) is author of 25 best-selling yoga DVD’s and a new book: Kundalini Yoga – LIfe in the Vast Lane. Students travel from all over the world to attend his workshops and Teacher Trainings. His clients have included Olympic Athletes, celebrities (Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sting, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Carrie Ann Moss, et al), top money managers, and people from all venues of life. He has taught at Yoga Journal Conferences, The OM Yoga Show in London, The Midwest Yoga Conference, The Sedona Yoga Conference, The Toronto Yoga Conference, The Aspen Music Festival, The Consciousness Festival in Istanbul and many others.

He’s been featured in Yoga Journal, Om Yoga Magazine, Yoga Magazine, Star, Self, Vogue, People, and many more. Ravi and Ana offer a 200/500 hr. Yoga Alliance Teacher Training program. They publish a monthly e-newsletter with 30,000 recipients. Their approach is powerful, inspiring, moving, and soulful. Ravi’s classes have been called life changing and life saving. In a very down to earth way, Ravi inspires students to access their inner vitality to shine, prosper, and excel in every area of their lives.

Link to the book – Life In The Vast Lane 

Website – raviana.com



Special thanks to Ravi for joining me on the show. Until next time!

Yogi Tones Featured Teacher Maria Giovanna Marchetto

What type of yoga do you teach?

Vinyasa, Science of Self, Hatha, Yin

Which studio/s?

Street Gorilla and privates.

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

Nature

What do you like the most about practicing there?

Silence, connection to my inner child so I can explore more and better my practice, freedom from fear.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

I practice yoga 24/7 even when I am groceries.

The world ends tomorrow. What would you indulge in tonight?

Bath at the sea or ocean.

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

Dealing with an overdose drugged girl 17 years old on the street of New York , lower east side on Sunday morning.

What is your favorite food?

Vegan Thai and Japanese, sometimes raw. Raw desserts.

Imagine you’re on the cover of Yoga Journal. What pose would you strike?

Kapotasana

What inspires you to teach yoga?

Students, the caring of sharing what I know, feel and my practice. At one point you have to start teaching, it’s just an extension of the practice. Come naturally.

If you could teach yoga anywhere in the world, where would it be?

New York

What has been your most embarrassing yoga moment as a teacher or practitioner?

Practicing handstand fell on my chin, or at the very first I remembered I farted suiting final poses and felt so embarrassed.

What would you say to someone who is on the fence about practicing yoga?

Keep doing it. The more you do it, the more everything becomes clear and unrevealed infinite openness.

What music are you jamming to right now?

Chill soft electro music

What has been the most rewarding thing about being a teaching yoga?

See my students growing physically mentally and spiritually of course. Become more aware of their body and their presence in this world.

Where else can we find you?

Instagram @maryjanemg_ or Facebook MARIA GIOVANNA MARCHETTO


 Have you checked out the yamas and niyamas poster!? The yamas and niyamas are yoga’s ethical guidelines to living and are now available to hang up in your home, office, or yoga studio! Get one HERE

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Featured Yogi and Vegetable LOVER Vuslat Cin

What type of yoga do you like to practice?

Vinyasa & SUP – Yoga

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

Anywhere by the seaside or on the sea with my sup board.

What do you like the most about practicing there?

I love the blue of the sea and the different currents of the sea. With the sup board I love how challenging it can be and being connected with the nature is magnificent.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

I practice flow yoga and meditation anywhere I am comfortable with.

The world ends tomorrow. What would you indulge in tonight?

LOVE

What was your first experience with yoga?

For years I thought I do yoga with the asanas but then I just realized yoga was not about what I do it was the moment and being in that moment so yoga is already happening now🙏🏻

What is your favorite food?

Vegetables

Imagine you’re on the cover of Yoga Journal. What pose would you strike?

Heart Opener

If you could practice yoga anywhere in the world, where would it be?

New Zealand

What would you say to someone who is on the fence about practicing yoga?

There are so many different yoga types that needs to get discovered.

What music are you jamming to right now?

Shelter – Levi Patel

Where else can we find you?

Instagram: vus1at
Facebook : Vuslat Cin


 Have you checked out the yamas and niyamas poster!? The yamas and niyamas are yoga’s ethical guidelines to living and are now available to hang up in your home, office, or yoga studio! Get one HERE

 Also be sure to check out our Resource Page! Goodies for the yoga teacher/practicioner in you!

Yogi Tones Podcast – Finding the Real Guru with Kat Da Silva

Today on the show is Kat Da Silva and we have some fun. Talking all things including yoga certifications and how you really don’t (kinda sorta) need one to teach yoga. People you wouldn’t expect to drop into a yoga class, who the real guru is, also farmers markets and how they can be a great place to spread your yoga love!!

Kat is a Passionate & Active Member of her Community – She knows no other way than Being the Change – being a Kickass Mom, Daughter, Sistah, Friend, and Human. She spends her time creating memories with her 12 year old son, teaching and living mindfulness, compassion, and embodiment through yoga, meditation, and other tools of self-reclamation. Kat finds deep pleasure in guiding her students in unlayering their stories and blocks, either on the mat or off, and holding the light while they discover their power, their peace, and the freedom of owning their bodies, their minds, and ultimately their lives. Kat believes in the power of community to create change and so she gives back by co-organizing events such as the Conscious San Jose Festival, serving in her local neighborhood committee driving anti-litter and beautification initiatives, and actively participating as a member of the Be the Change Collective. Kat’s future projects include bringing hope, guidance, and empowerment to moms through her Root to Rise Yoga & Lifestyle Coaching practice. Ultimately, Kat envisions a world where women heal, feel empowered, and see themselves wholly and deeply, allowing those around them to be just as deeply touched, loved, and transformed.



Special thanks to Kat for joining me on the show. Until next time!

Yogi Tones Podcast with Eman Zabi The Scribesmith

Eman Zabi is the copywriter and brand strategist behind The Scribesmith, where she crafts high-converting copy infused with personality and entertainment for brands that aren’t afraid to stand out.

Looking for an air-punching bottom line that doesn’t require you to sound like a corporate stooge?
She can help.

Connect with her!


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Sequencing Your Yoga Class With Nikki Krause

Nikki and I talk all about sequencing on the show today, Nikki is a regular guest on the show and always brings the goods! She breaks down different ways you can use sequencing in your yoga class. Tons of gems in this one if you are looking to build a solid sequence for your students.



Special thanks to Nikki for joining me on the show. Until next time!

Yogi Tones Featured Teacher Karen Pierce

What type of yoga do you teach?

Vinyasa Krama (Yoga for Everyone)

Which studio/s?

YogaSpace

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

Out in nature

What do you like the most about practicing there?

Connecting with the earth, sun, moon and elements.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

How do I not? Life is seamless.

The world ends tomorrow. What would you indulge in tonight?

Call the kids and go for a walk with hubby & dog.

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

I came to yoga through Transcendental Meditation in my teens. Little did I know that 8 years later, I would be teaching my mother meditation techniques to help manage her pain during the dying process. It ended up being a huge gift to both of us. The physical yoga came after and I was also teaching group aerobics & step. I had a personal practice so was attending yoga classes as a student. At one class, the teacher didn’t show up so they asked me to cover in a pinch. The teacher never came back and it became my class. I’ve been teaching ever since.

What is your favorite food?

Pizza

Imagine you’re on the cover of Yoga Journal. What pose would you strike?

Bird of Paradise or a Split

What inspires you to teach yoga?

The first hand experience of years of consistent practice. This was a very gradual process. Here I am with a 54 year old body which is still strong and flexible. Linking body-breath-brain is so natural in my daily movement now that very few things frazzle me. Plus the years of mindfulness have given me clarity of mind and a level of intuition that I didn’t have in my younger years. It has been truly transformational and that inspires me to share the gift of yoga (all 8 limbs) with others.

If you could teach yoga anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Anywhere and everywhere. I love to travel.

What has been your most embarrassing yoga moment as a teacher or practitioner?

I was teaching in a gym and had a pretty good following with 40-50 regularly showing up. I had 2 really young children at the time, was teaching a lot of classes and was really tired. I pre-recorded all my meditations so I could share in the group experience with my class. Someone was gently tapping me when I realized the meditation was over and everyone had left class except for the kind student who decided to wake me up!

What would you say to someone who is on the fence about practicing yoga?

Many people still think yoga is about twisting yourself up into a pretzel pose – physical gymnastics. Yet there are 8 limbs to yoga, not just asana (yoga poses). There is a yoga for everyone. Find the right yoga for YOU!

What music are you jamming to right now?

That’s a hard one. I put my music on shuffle so it could be Ashana or AC/DC, Charlie Puth or Iggy Izalea, Pitbull or Poison, MC Yogi or MC Hammer, Keith Urban or Flo Rida, Clannad or Sanskrit chants. Usually, all of them!

What has been the most rewarding thing about being a teaching yoga?

Over the years, I’ve watched so many of my students become yoga teachers. One in particular stands out…I offered free yoga after school to the local teens. There wasn’t much to do in our town and a lot of teens got into trouble. A couple of girls started coming. At the time, these girls were heading down the wrong path. Since I wasn’t their parent, school teacher, clergy, or a paid instructor, I became their non-judgmental sounding board. We’re talking everything from “can you teach me to do headstand” to “what is syphilis”? Then they started bringing their boy friends….so the “old lady” could kick their ass. Many years later, one of the girls showed up in a class and said that 2 of them went on to become yoga teachers and she was continuing on with her yoga therapist training like me. I have been so blessed with great teachers of my own and students who have taught me to be a better person and a better teacher. After 20 years of watching students become teachers, I decided it was time for me to offer my own Yoga Teacher Training which is a unique blend of Yoga, Shamanism and Ayurveda. Watching these teachers-in-training really embody yoga and all it represents is so rewarding and also humbling.

Where else can we find you?

My website: InnerSpacesbyKaren.com
Social media: facebook.com/karenjpierce
Yoga Teacher Training: yogaspace-ct.com/classes/training/
My children’s yoga book: https://www.amazon.com/Yoga-Bear-Youngsters-Karen-Pierce/dp/1559718978/ref=sr_1_sc_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1528854395&sr=8-6-spell&keywords=yogabear

Anything else you would like to add?

I am 500 e-RYT, Registered Yoga School and Continuing Education Provider through Yoga Alliance, a certified Yoga Ed instructor, a Professional Yoga Therapist, and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. I have received sacred rites as a guardian and keeper of the earth (pampa mesayok) as well as a medicine woman (alta mesayok) through a lineage of light carriers and Q’ero Shaman of Peru blending Science with the Sacred.

As a professional organizer and shamanic energy worker, I help people create sacred spaces, clearing the mind, heart and clutter. I am also the author of Yoga Bear: Yoga for Youngsters – a children’s book published by Northword Press (2004) and Co-Contributor to Yoga in America (2009).


 Have you checked out the yamas and niyamas poster!? The yamas and niyamas are yoga’s ethical guidelines to living and are now available to hang up in your home, office, or yoga studio! Get one HERE

 Also be sure to check out our Resource Page! Goodies for the yoga teacher in you!

Meet The Hatha Hippie Jenny Rose

What type of yoga do you like to practice?

Hatha 🙌🏽

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

In the comfort of my home.

What do you like the most about practicing there?

It’s comfortable and quiet.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

Ahimsa– Non Violence. I practice being kind to myself as well as to all life that exists. Kindness can change the world!

The world ends tomorrow. What would you indulge in tonight?

Do I have to choose JUST one? Hmm So Delicious Coconut Milk Ice Cream (Salted Caramel Cluster)

What was your first experience with yoga?

I started practicing on YouTube channels I found and that pretty much ended with lots of falling and losing balance. It was memorable and pretty hilarious.

What is your favorite food?

Again. Does one only have one favorite food? I love all food. Black bean burgers, Salmon wraps and Hummus are what I generally gravitate towards.

Imagine you’re on the cover of Yoga Journal. What pose would you strike?

A simple and peaceful lotus pose.

If you could practice yoga anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Somewhere on the beach.

What would you say to someone who is on the fence about practicing yoga?

Be prepared to have your whole life change for the better. Start now! You won’t regret it.

What music are you jamming to right now?

Banks- Goddess

Where else can we find you?

Instagram- thehathahippie

YouTube- thehathahippie


 Have you checked out the yamas and niyamas poster!? The yamas and niyamas are yoga’s ethical guidelines to living and are now available to hang up in your home, office, or yoga studio! Get one HERE

 Also be sure to check out our Resource Page! Goodies for the yoga teacher in you!

Teaching Yoga in the District of Columbia – Washington D.C.

When you first start looking into becoming a yoga teacher, it can be a little confusing to figure out what to do.  The most important thing to know about teaching yoga in Washington D.C. is that there is absolutely no regulation on yoga teachers.  This means that you do not need to be certified, registered, or licensed in order to hang a sign and start leading sun salutations.  In fact, some of the most experienced and well-known teachers in the country have never been certified, registered, or licensed.  That is because all of these are relatively recent concepts, especially in regards to teaching yoga.  When many of these teachers started teaching, there were no formal yoga teacher training programs. Your teacher might “certify” you to teach, but that was an arbitrary designation that did not imply a specific amount of training.

Certification 

Certification in Washington D.C. refers to the completion of a certain program of training according to the standards of that particular school.  There are no universal standards for certification, so two certified teachers from different schools can have completely different skill sets.  Most gyms and yoga studios require that you have a certification in order to teach there.  For some gyms and studios, a certification is all the credentials you need.  Others require you to be registered with the Yoga Alliance or have graduated from a Yoga Alliance approved training.  And some places require you to teach an “audition” class in addition to your credentials in order to more clearly see your skills in action.

Insurance

Most studios will require you to have insurance, the only reason they wouldn’t is that the studio has their own and it covers the teachers as well. Many will ask you to have it and make you an independent contractor. Although the threat of a liability lawsuit stemming from an injury in a yoga class may be relatively small, it is nonetheless real. Some of the common injuries reported by claimants include back injuries, joint or bone damage (i.e. bruises or fractures), strained or torn muscles, etc. Looking for insurance that works best for you? Comment below and we can update you on the best deals and fit for your teaching needs!

Registration

In order to bring some consistency to the market of teacher training programs, The Yoga Alliance was formed in 1997.  The Yoga Alliance sets minimum standards for teacher training programs.  Programs that meet these standards and pay a fee can market their trainings as “Yoga Alliance Approved”.  Graduates of these trainings can then register with the Yoga Alliance and then promote themselves as RYT – Registered Yoga Teachers.  Registration is available at 4 different levels: RYT 200, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, and E-RYT 500.  The E stands for experienced and indicates a certain number of hours teaching since the completion of teacher training.

Some employers require Yoga Alliance Registration and some do not. There is a a lively controversy regarding the value of the Yoga Alliance.  Some argue that their standards are too weak and unenforced. Others argue that yoga is a spiritual practice that should not be regulated at all.  This faction believes that regulation misses and stifles the best parts of yoga while subtly endorsing the commercialization of yoga.  Some people support the Yoga Alliance, stating that if we do not regulate ourselves, then the states will step in with regulation.

As it stands, registration is optional and the benefits of doing so are hotly debated.  However, most reputable teacher trainings are registered with the Yoga Alliance so it is likely that your training will qualify you to register.  You can go ahead and register right away if you feel that an extra credential will help your chances of getting a job, or you can wait and see if anyone asks for it.


Link to average salary according to Indeed website HERE

Hope this was a helpful.  If any of this information is incorrect or out of date, please comment below, and if you have any additional questions regarding teaching yoga in Washington D.C., leave a comment about that too. Also would love to hear how much you actually get paid to teach in Washington D.C. so people who are looking to teach here have an idea of what they are supposed to be paid. Thanks!

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