Green Yoga Studios offers a lot of great information and a list of resources for greening your studio. Visit their website for a list of resources that include green programs, renovation, mats & props, office & cleaning, eco habits and more… At the end of this article, we also include a list of Green Yoga suppliers.
The following guidelines are relatively easy steps you can take to minimize the environmental impact of your studio.
Printing for Prakriti (Nature) – Paper choices have come a long way. Print schedules, flyers, and other promotional materials on tree-free or recycled paper. With recycled paper look for a high post-consumer waste percentage. The paper bleaching process can also cause serious environmental harm – choose non-bleached or non-chlorine bleached paper.
Don’t forget to close the loop. Recycle your waste paper, bottles, and cans.
Help Students Keep Their Cars at Home
Not only will walking or biking to class help get your students’ prana (life force) flowing, it can reduce air pollution and damage to the planet
caused by the oil and gas industries.
Keep public transportation information handy in your studio and on your website.
Set up a bicycle rack to encourage students to ride to class.
Think Before You Buy: There are low-impact alternatives for many commonly used items. Some of these suggestions will even save you money over the long-term.
Install low-watt energy-saving light bulbs.
Use bees-wax, soy, or other non-petroleum candles.
Wash towels and mats with toxic-free soap.
Use non-chemical cleaning supplies for the studio including floors, windows, walls, bathrooms.
In the bathroom, use recycled paper products and non-toxic hand soap.
Green Spaces, Places, and More –
Green plants can help keep the air clean and provide a soothing connection to prakriti (nature) in your studio.
Take stock of the retail items you sell. Choose items that are sustainable, non-toxic, and fair-trade.
Start keeping track of the studio’s monthly energy consumption. You’ll be able to identify small ways to save energy and money.
Install water saving devices at sinks, showers, and toilets.
Analyze the physical structure to potentially install flooring and/or shelving from
sustainable or reclaimed resources (bamboo, cork, etc.)
MORE GREEN YOGA SUPPLIES:
Green Yoga Association’s Online Shop
Gaiam.com for eco and green Yoga mats and supplies
Eco-friendly Yoga Mats for Go Green Yoga Mats
Barefoot Yoga: Eco-friendly Yoga supplies
Join the Green Yoga Association