The Zen of bamboo flooring is beginning to meet the power of yoga in many studios across the US.
If you want a place that exudes health and vitality and feels like a proper studio then the first area to look at is your floor. If it looks great, is kept clean, polished and inviting, then people are going to lay down their yoga mats with enthusiasm before they begin their practice.
What could be more important than ensuring your yoga studio has the right flooring for your clients? Wonderfully aesthetic and brilliantly sustainable, bamboo flooring is not only durable it’s easy on the environment too. Whether performing the cat or the plank, saluting the sun or meditating on your breath, most yoga practitioners are more mindful of the environment, so bamboo flooring is always a great fit for this Zen culture
Countless yoga studios have used our bamboo floors for their studios across the country. Keen to make sure they are always connecting with the real world, choosing a floor made from bamboo seemed the perfect choice for their needs. It looks professional, clean and inviting which is good news for this popular exercise franchise.
Here are just some reasons why bamboo flooring, yoga and other exercise regimes such as Pilates are such a great mix:
1. Natural Products
Bamboo and eucalyptus flooring are made from natural products that are some of the most highly sustainable in the modern world. Whereas hardwood takes time to regrow and replace, bamboo is a fast growing grass that, when managed properly, can be harvested regularly and replenished much quicker. A business such as Ambient sources its bamboo flooring from reputable suppliers who use the latest green manufacturing techniques to ensure all the natural bamboo is ethically harvested.
Using a floor made from bamboo for your yoga studio is good for the health of your clients. The surface is naturally dirt resistant and doesn’t attract dust mites like other floors, great for anyone who might suffer from an allergy. With the right underlayment for your flooring, yoga students will be able to work happily on an insulated floor that absorbs the shock of all movements, ensuring they don’t get any injuries.
2. Easy to Clean and Maintain
The great thing about bamboo flooring for yoga studios is that it is pretty easy to clean and maintenance is kept to a minimum. A simple brush and then spray with a hardwood floor cleaner and wipe down with a damp mop is often enough to keep your floor in pristine condition. After a hard day dealing with clients you don’t want to spend too much time cleaning up afterwards and simple maintenance is just one of the things that make bamboo flooring attractive to studio owners.
Even when scratches and marks do appear on the flooring they are easy to handle with a light buffing or even dabbing a small amount of mineral oil on problem area. Any surface scratches will disappear over time just from walking on them.
Our bamboo and eucalyptus floors are safe for children, infants and families to play on and are harvested from well-managed forests. It’s one of the reasons why many customers opt for bamboo over hardwood when they are looking for strong but safe flooring for their studio.
3. Great for Your Business
Not only is bamboo flooring the perfect choice for your yoga studio, it is an excellent option for any business. First of all, it looks extremely professional – clean, neat, elegant and healthy. When potential students come to visit your studio and see a bamboo floor in pristine condition then they are more likely to join up and stay. Bamboo flooring has the highest Janka Hardness ratings of any wood floor, so you won’t have to refinish it often like other wood floors.
Combined with well decorated walls and a few plants here and there, a bamboo floor can evoke a sense of relaxation and comfort, the ideal place to start learning or honing individual yoga practice. It also shows customers that you care about them as well as the environment, something that can easily boost your reputation and put you ahead of the competition in the area.
4. Cost Effective and Quick to Lay
Many studios, of course, operate under tight margins and every cent counts, especially when a business is in its early stages and you are just starting out. The great news is that bamboo flooring for yoga studios is very cost effective and comparably cheaper in most instances than normal hard wood flooring.
It’s also easy to lay. Just as with hardwood flooring there are a number of different types of bamboo floors including click and lock and engineered options. If you have the experience and skill, you can do everything yourself or decide to bring in a professional installer to do the job.
Choosing Eucalyptus for Your Yoga Studio
Another option other than bamboo flooring is to go for eucalyptus. Both are equally hard wearing and look great and there is little technical difference between the two. The main difference is largely aesthetic because you can see the knots in the wood with eucalyptus floors, something that makes it look more natural.
Other Ways to Decorate Your Yoga Studio
Of course, the floor is just one part of the yoga studio. Your studio needs to exude calm and contemplation. Having the right plants and wall furnishings in place make all the difference in creating an atmosphere of relaxation.
You don’t want your space to be cluttered and distracting but you don’t want it to be totally empty and cold either. Some studios incorporate large mirrors so that students can see how they are performing whilst other places look to have a more comfortable environment that reinforces a deeper sense of health and vitality.
Having a great floor is a great starting point for developing your studio and building your yoga brand. And there’s no better choice than bamboo or eucalyptus if you want a healthy base to your studio that is built to last.