How to pick the right props for your yoga studio
After working hard to qualify as a certified yoga instructor you are ready to make the next step and begin creating your own yoga studio. Setting up your own studio can be a daunting process. Here at YogaDirect, we are committed to supporting the yoga community by providing affordable high-quality yoga props to through individual sales and wholesale business orders.
Setting up a yoga studio can be costly. Once you have dealt with a budget for rent, marketing and bills you may find you have little left to deal with equipment, but no studio is complete without mats and props. It was B.?K.?S. Iyengar who introduced the use of props into the modern practice of yoga to allow everyone to enjoy the benefits of yoga regardless of their physical condition, age or ability. The use of yoga props can help to support and shift alignments, build strength as well has deepen your asanas. So whether your students are beginners to yoga or yogis who have been practising for decades, props are essential for a studio to provide an enjoyable and relaxing experience to students. Props can help your students to gradually ease into asanas. Even those who have been practising for years may find themselves tighter on some days than others. The availability of some essential yoga equipment in your studio can go a long way to supporting your students' development and the growth of your business.
You need to source the best quality equipment on a budget. After all, your studio is your business and you should treat it as such by choosing top performance equipment on a budget. We have put together a comprehensive essential buying guide to help you set up your yoga studio.
No studio is complete without a mat. It is the foundation prop for all forms of yoga. If your studio has hard floors you should consider stocking thicker mats to help provide support to your students during their practice. Also consider whether you require sticky non-slip mats which will help to prevent unwanted slipping and injury to your students whilst practising at your studio.
We sell wholesale yoga mat roll, perfect for yoga studios. From this, you can cut several yoga mats to a specific length and keep a uniform brand colour throughout your studio. Choosing to buy yoga mats in wholesale is a cost-effective choice for studios. A yoga mat is a vital essential for any studio and buying mats in bulk will help save you money on the essentials. Buying our 103ft long yoga mat roll will allow you to cut 18 standard size yoga mats. Each yoga mat cut will cost you an unbeatable price of £7.99 and give you an overall saving of £24.00 off the retail price. Click here to learn more about our wholesale yoga mats.
You should consider the values of your studio. Are you eco-conscious? If so, you should demonstrate this in your choice of yoga props bought for your studio. There are plenty of eco-friendly yoga mats available made from plant-based and renewable materials such as tree rubber and jute.
If you are planning on offering yoga classes specifically for children you should consider buying child-sized yoga mats. Offering child sized yoga mats for children will help them to correctly gain awareness of their position and alignment on the mat. We stock a range of colourful fun yoga mats perfect for children. Click here to shop our fun yoga mats for children.
BLOCKS / BRICKS
Yoga blocks are an essential prop for all forms of yoga. Offering yoga blocks in your studio is a great way to provide your students with support and stability during asanas and increase strength, especially during a demanding vinyasa practice. Blocks provide support and stability, especially to those who are new to an asana or suffering with an injury. Providing students with bricks in your studio is a great way to safely practice without the risk of overstretching and injury.
Yoga blocks come in various sizes so you should look to order a few of each. We operate a 30-day return policy for any unused stock when purchased using our wholesale scheme. This allows you the opportunity to find out which type of shape and size of block is most suitable for your students.
There are also different forms of material that yoga blocks are made of for you to consider, including cork, wood or foam. Each material offers a different experience for your students. The use of a harder block such as wood, cork or hard foam can provide stability to help improve your strength and balance in a pose, whilst soft foam blocks can help deepen your students' asanas and provide support.
Click here to shop our selection of yoga bricks.
Offering towels as a prop for your students is essential, especially during a hot yoga class. As your students get into their practice and become warmer they may want to use a towel to prevent them from slipping. Towels are also easy to clean and can be a useful way to promote the hygiene of your mats and save you money in the long run. Aim to provide a towel per yoga mat. You may even wish to rent these out to help cover the cost, especially to some more advanced classes involving more experienced yogis.
STRAPS / BELTS
Straps and belts come in many sizes and strengths. Providing straps in your studio is a simple but effective way to help your students prevent injury and improve posture alignment. Arguably a longer belt will provide you with more options than a shorter one, but both have their uses. A D-ring strap can be used as a locking system and are easy to adjust, making them one of the most useful types of strap.
Click here to check out our selection of belts.
Even yogis who have been practising for years find themselves feeling tighter on some days than others. Blankets can be used to help bring the floor to your students and to protect their joints from hard surfaces. Unlike the yoga blocks, you may purchase a smaller quantity of blankets to begin with. Although a useful prop, you may find that some people experiencing specific joint pain will bring their own blankets to your studio for support. It is still beneficial to consider providing students with the opportunity to use blankets at your studio.
You should also consider the type of material the blanket is made from. The type of material will affect how easily students will be able to fold your blanket, as well as the long-term cleanliness of the material. Whilst wool blankets can be easier to fold than some polyester blankets, wool can be harder to wash and care for than polyester.
Making sure you have a selection of bolsters available at your studio is a great way to support your students during asanas and release deeper into different postures, allowing for a deeper and more relaxing experience. The use of bolsters is common in restorative yoga as they act as a support during asanas. Your students can use a bolster to support backwards extensions and open the chest or to elevate their hips off the floor and keep their spine straight.
Just like yogis, bolsters come in all shapes and sizes. You may want to consider offering a variety of shapes and sizes depending on the forms of yoga you will be teaching at your studio. If you are teaching children classes, ensure you have some small bolsters available to suit their sizes and requirements. A perfectly sized bolster should provide enough support to prevent injury but not so much that your students don't practice the asanas correctly.
We stock a wide selection of bolsters in various shapes and sizes, including flat bolsters, round bolsters and v shape bolsters which are a great option if you teach guided meditations and want to offer your students lower back support during seated meditation.
Shop our collection of bolsters here. We stock a selection of bolsters with zips to allow you to reduce the size as you require.
HOW TO ESTIMATE QUANTITIES
Based on a yoga studio room size of 40ft by 30ft we have created a guide below to show you how to work out the quantities of equipment required.
A third of the room should be left for instructor and storage space, leaving the remaining two thirds of the room for students. This is a space of 800 sq for students in our example studio. On average, you will need 21 sq ft per student, allowing space for about 40 students at maximum. You should therefore look to order:
- 20 yoga mats to accommodate new students or for loaners.
- Yoga blocks can be ordered at an average of 1.5 per student. For this example you would require 60 blocks to accommodate all 40 students using blocks.
- 1 strap per student and so you would need to order 40 straps, in a variety of lengths.
- Look to order around 20 towels for 40 students, but at least 2 towels per students for hot yoga studios or classes. You may also need a selection of gym towels.
- 1 blanket per student.
- 1 bolster per student in a variety of sizes and shapes.
If you have any questions about ordering wholesale for your studio or would like any more information about buying props for your studio, give us a call on 01904 696930 or send us an email here.