Making your studio space work for you doesn’t have to be a grand undertaking.
Truly Yoga Studio in Newark, Delaware, is made up of a shopping-center space that is a little over 2,000 square feet. Owner Sarah Wnenchak explained how she created a wall to encapsulate 1,000 square feet for the practice room. “I like the idea of having a space that is sacred. It’s like a sanctuary; it’s like a getaway,” she said. “I wanted to keep that separate from people buying packages.”
The studio has front windows that help make the space inviting to newcomers. Wnenchak said she sees this as beneficial, because often people are already scared of walking into a yoga studio. If they can open the door and be greeted by the front desk in an open, cheery space, it can help improve their experience.
But the space isn’t good just for new members. Wnenchak built out a cubby space in the front area as well, giving members a place to ready themselves to begin their practice and store their items.
In fact, Wnenchak said there is a sort of flow to the space. Members walk in, check in at the front desk, head to the back cubby area to prepare for the class and then enter the studio. “That’s why I opened the studio, to have that space for people to feel that sense of peace, that sense of flow, that sense of balance. I think you’ve got to have it set up that way,” she said.
Plus, members walk right past the retail space to get to the cubbies, browsing along the way. Wnenchak noted how she had to be mindful to leave enough room for people to shop while still allowing for others to get to the cubbies.
Wnenchak had to be conscious of permitting issues as well. For example, two rooms sit behind the front desk. They are used for massage therapy and wellness consultations. However, they were originally one space that Wnenchak had to divide. In that, she had to be aware of being ADA compliant with the doorways. Plus, she had to install two water fountains at two heights, as well as make sure the bathrooms had the right measurements. “Everything ended up working out OK,” she said.
There’s a lot to think about when it comes to setting up your space. From flow and aesthetics to ADA compliance, it takes effort to create the best space you possibly can. “Set it up in a way that’s very welcoming, non-intimidating as well, and just introducing that flow,” said Wnenchak.