There is only one physical key that unlocks One Love Yoga Studio and Boutique in Kent, Ohio. And it is typically in April Huth’s or her dad’s, the co-owners of the studio, hands.
“We only have one physical key that other people share if they are opening that day. And we have it in a lock box for sharing,” explained Huth. “Me and my dad are the owners and we’re here most of the time, so we’re really the only people that have a key … so the teachers, they don’t just let themselves in. Someone is already here and then they come in and teach their class.”
But Casey Angulo, the owner of Reveille Life Yoga Studio in Riverside, California, understands the importance of delegation. She knows that she can’t do everything, so each of her 13 instructors has a key to the studio.
“I decide who has keys based on convenience for me,” said Angulo. “I don’t want to be running down to the studio every time we have a class. Before I give out a key, I must have an employee file on them, including [a] copy of their driver’s license. I also have key numbers and keep a list of who has what key.”
Whether they have a key or not, both Angulo and Huth ensure their instructors know the opening and closing procedure for the studio, in case one of them is not there.
Angulo is so specific with employee requirements that they can be found on her website, and can be reviewed before an instructor applies to work at the studio. To her, this helps in not only providing a checklist for opening and closing, but also fosters a good relationship between her and the instructors, and allows instructors to become invested in the studio.
Her requirements include arriving 15 minutes early to sign-up new students, unlock doors, turn on lights and turn on the A/C or heat, depending on the weather. The opposite instructions follow for closing the studio, in addition to checking that water is not running in the bathroom, and locking the door on the outside after closing. To ensure everything gets done properly, she has motion-sensing cameras in the studio that send alerts to her iPhone. “So not much gets by me,” said Angulo.
Huth has found creating that safe, trustworthy environment is as important to instructors as it is to students. “Because the teachers feel confident teaching here and speak highly of the studio and of us as owners. I think that can be translated in their classes when they’re teaching to students. The students feel the same way, and so I think that’s just one of the most important things,” she said.
And even though her instructors don’t own individual keys, she said they’re still invested in the business, because they attend each other’s classes and the local community.