Scheduling between multiple spaces can be difficult.
If your studio has more than one practice room, finding the perfect flow of classes might be a challenge you face. Karey Goebel, a co-owner of ONE Yoga Denver in Denver, Colorado, has three practice rooms where classes are scheduled between. She shares how they have found a balance on the schedule:
MSM: Why do you have three practice rooms?
KG: At ONE Yoga we offer a really wide variety of classes, including Power, Hatha, Alignment, Kundalini, Gentle, Restorative, Ashtanga and more. Plus we offer a full calendar of teacher trainings and workshops. Having three rooms allows us to deliver multiple classes/workshops at once.
Since the rooms are all different sizes, we are able to add specialty classes that appeal to smaller, more intimate groups of students. And we don’t have to worry about the opportunity costs of using a big studio space for a small group. This also allows us to have the flexibility to take more chances with our schedule and bring in programs that are of special interest.
Another perk is that we can offer teacher trainings during prime hours, like evenings and weekends.
MSM: How do you decide what class goes in what practice room?
KG: Our largest room can be heated with added humidity. Our medium-sized room can be heated with no humidity. And our smallest room does not have added heat. So we first look at the temperature needed for a class. Then we take a look at our expected attendance.
Next, we think through the intimacy needs of a group. For instance if we are doing a quiet, mindfulness workshop with discussion and sharing, we may hold it in the smallest room, because we’ve found that conversation flows more easily in our smaller setting.
MSM: How do you decide on your schedule? How has it evolved over the years?
KG: It’s an imperfect science. We use historical data to get an idea of the expected attendance for a class and try to match up the numbers with our available capacity, but every once in a while we’ll have 25 people show up for a workshop that we expected to draw 12 people. And then it can be pretty cozy.
MSM: What are important attributes of a successful schedule?
KG: A successful schedule provides the variety of classes our students crave, with the appropriate heat/no-heat mix that serves their bodies and spirits, while providing each student with the space they want to comfortably move and breathe.
MSM: What advice can you give on scheduling at a yoga studio?
KG: Be patient. The right schedule will evolve over time. You will make mistakes. There will be surprises. This is all part of the process. Take a breath and smile. It’s OK.