Sigrid Matthews, a co-owner of Black Dog Yoga, has always been to offer a friendly, non-competitive environment where yogis can build community and learn yoga. Below she discusses the importance of a friendly environment in a yoga studio.

How did your yoga studio come about?

Black Dog Yoga was established 17 years ago in May 2002. We are the third owners to run Black Dog Yoga. I have been teaching yoga at Black Dog since the first day we opened.

What was your vision? 

The vision always was and has been to offer a friendly, non-competitive environment where yogis can build community and learn yoga from dedicated, highly-skilled yoga teachers. We encourage our teachers to be creative and unique in their offerings. We pride ourselves as owners and teachers in being hands-on with our students to foster a personal experience on their yoga journey.

What is an interesting feature about the studio’s design?

We have four practice rooms, which allows us to offer a variety of classes that vary from gentle yoga, yoga for back care, yin and restorative, to all levels hatha and strong vinyasa flow classes. There’s literally a class for any level student throughout the day.

What is one key to your yoga studio’s success?

 Great teachers teaching great yoga, and class options for students from beginners to the most advanced levels of practice.

What is a piece of advice you could give to other studio owners or operators?

 When you’re an independent studio, you need to be hands-on and present in the studio. Students love the camaraderie and interaction with the owners, whether we are working at the desk, teaching a class or practicing alongside them in a class. Strive to make it a personal experience and get to know your community.