There’s nothing quite like walking into your yoga studio for the first time.
You’ve made the commitment, gotten a small business loan, found the perfect spot, and fixed it up to be everything you’ve wanted and more. Standing in that big, open room, imagining the students that will fill it soon, you feel optimistic, excited, maybe a little anxious, but good…great, even!
But before those students start filing in, make sure you’re equipped to help them get the most out of their practice!
We know not every style of yoga encourages using props, but as a studio owner, you’re going to see students of all levels of ability; many of them will need props to improve and deepen their practice. And isn’t that what you’re here to help them do anyway? Of course it is! So check out these props every yoga studio needs to provide effective classes that keep students coming back.
Blocks & Straps
Two of the prop classics: blocks and straps. You should have as many straps as you plan on having students (plus a few extra, just in case) and enough blocks for each student to have two. Some students may only use one block, but we’re talking about being prepared here: it’s better to have extra than not enough.
When guiding beginners – and even more advanced students – through certain poses, blocks and straps can be exponentially useful for ensuring proper alignment. Encouraging use of the blocks and straps can also help prevent injury by discouraging students from “forcing” poses.
Typically, blankets and bolsters are used to help support the body in poses that are held longer, so if you’re planning on adding a Yin or meditative classes to your studio’s lineup, you’ll definitely want to have these props on hand! But even if you don’t end up offering these types of yoga classes, you’ll definitely still want to make sure you have these key props. Blankets are especially helpful in any type of class as they add a softer layer of support on the hard yoga studio floor for students with knee issues.
Chairs & Wall Space
Betcha didn’t think we’d name parts of your actual studio as props but we are: walls, along with chairs, help add a sense of stability for students in certain poses. Now, admittedly, the chairs may be a little difficult to pull out for any class, but you may want to consider holding a special chair yoga workshop or adding a chair yoga class to your rotation. Some more senior students, as well as students with certain disabilities, can really get a lot out of chair yoga, so offering a class where you use the chair as a prop can really help make your studio more inclusive.
Additionally, you’re probably not going to add a random wall in the middle of the practice space so it can be used as a prop. Leaving enough space along one or two walls in the studio should be plenty for students who want to use the wall when working on inversion poses. You can even encourage using the wall in your classes for getting proper alignment in certain standing poses!
And a Bonus Prop!
That’s right: a bonus prop just for you! This is one you get on your phone or tablet – but you can also access it from your computer – and it helps you keep your yoga studio organized, helps your students sign up for classes, and helps your teachers manage their class schedules. Have you guessed it yet?
It’s HealingRadiusPro! Once you create an account, you can list all the classes your studio offers, their times, and even allow potential students to enroll through HealingRadius! You can also manage your teachers and give them access to sections of your account, like the calendar so they can update their class info or times.
Kat Wiseman is a content writer for Span Enterprises in Rock Hill, SC. She has a B.A. in English-Creative Writing from Winthrop University and her RYT 200 from Yoga Alliance. When she's not writing or doing yoga, she enjoys Netflix marathons, mystery novels, and being at the beach.