The practice of yoga is beneficial for staying in tune with your body and soothing your mind. However, that can be difficult when your joints are whining and your muscles shaking from holding sometimes complicated yoga poses for too long. When you are doing yoga in water, the poses that felt hard before are now much easier (thanks to the buoyancy effect). Plus, the movement of the water provides you with an incredibly calming effect. That’s why we foresee that aqua yoga will become even more popular in the future and opening a water yoga studio is, therefore, a smart business call. If you think so too, here is your guide about the essentials you need for an aqua yoga studio.
Obviously, you will need a pool
There is no water yoga without water, so for a functioning yoga studio, you will need a pool. Since one of the main purposes of yoga is reconnecting with nature, an outdoor pool will work just fine, especially if you live in an area where the climate is mostly warm. Outdoor classes intensify the yoga experience, by allowing you to breathe the fresh air and listen to the sounds and ambiance of nature. However, if the climate doesn’t allow this, indoor or covered pools are an acceptable option.
If the pool is inside…
Because nature is so important for yoga, indoor yoga studios, including pools, should do their best to evoke a natural setting. Large windows that allow a glimpse of the great outdoors, and other elements that reminds us of nature, such as stone, wood, bamboo, and houseplants, can make the indoor pool a more serene surrounding for practicing yoga.
Yoga requires a warm atmosphere and an inspiring ambience. By getting LED lights for your swimming pool, you can achieve a more pleasant atmosphere, and equip your studio for working until late hours. You can go for traditional LED pool lights and lights in different colors, but if you truly want to design a calming studio, go for spa electric lights which provide the ultimate soothing effect, and use approximately 90% less energy than standard 100 watt halogen lights.
Think about some additional features
Aqua yoga practice includes many traditional yoga poses done in a water environment and slightly adapted for the specifics of the pool. Some of the best poses to try in the pool are Warrior II, Boat Pose, Standing Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose, and Floating Savasana. Besides practicing yoga in this traditional manner, there are other additional features you can include to make the experience even better. Here are two of them:
- Salt water pool systems are becoming a popular way to conjure the beauty and the serenity provided by the ocean. However, salt-water pools have a lot of other benefits too, including diminishing the need for using chlorine, which makes you less exposed to chemicals. Salt neutralizes contaminants in the water and disinfects it much better than chlorine.
- Floating yoga mats are necessary equipment for “Holy Water”, a new yoga class everyone is talking about. It is a very difficult style of yoga, because it requires you to hold perfect balance on the floating mat. The water movements force you to maintain proper alignment and actively use your core muscles, which challenges your body to be more stable and strong. Getting several floating mats and tapping into this hot new yoga practice could make your classes even more popular.
Enough space both “in the sea and on the land”
Depending on how many people will practice yoga in the pool, you should determine the appropriate size. It is essential to keep in mind that one person needs a lot of space to maintain balance and perform yoga poses inside the pool. The area around the pool should also be spacious because you will need room to rest, stretch and if you want to, do some other asanas in your pool. In fact, combining water yoga with traditional yoga is a great idea, and if the size of the space allows you, you should totally go for it.
Just a little something…
In the end, regardless whether you will be teaching water yoga outside or in a covered pool, it is essential to make the entire area look peace-inducing and welcoming. Additional water features such as waterfalls, are always nice addition because the sound of flowing water can enhance the calmness. A fire pit near the pool provides a similar feel. Fresh flowers, fountains, statues and candles are also welcome, just be careful not to overwhelm the space with stuff, because clutter can have a counterproductive effect.
Practicing yoga in the pool makes a lot of sense, because the water movements make your body feel light, free and unconstrained. All of this, consequently, frees your mind, which is the ultimate purpose of yoga. To achieve all that, you will need a well-equipped yoga studio.