The 2019 State of the Yoga Industry

When Swami Vivekananda left India 125 years ago, he brought with him a vast knowledge of Hindu philosophy, particularly the concepts and teachings of jnana, bhakti, karma, and raja yoga.  Although it took decades for yoga to catch on in the US, it eventually evolved from the spiritual practice of a few enthusiasts into the billion-dollar industry it is today.  As we close out 2018, we are looking at the state of the industry and how it has grown throughout the years.  READ MORE

The Top 3 Reasons to Add Yoga to Your BJJ Programming

By: Nick Bez

If the Gracie’s do it, there’s your sign.

At first glance, they may seem like opposites, yoga with its the meditative qualities and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with its combative and competitive nature. However, they are an excellent pairing. If you’ve seen the 1999 documentary “Choke,” you know there’s some history to back it up, too.

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5 Things You Need to Open a Yoga Studio (That No One Talks About)

So, you’ve decided to open your first yoga studio. Odds are you’ve been given a lot of advice, most of which falls into one of the following buckets: 

1. Surprisingly insightful
2. Terribly obvious
3. Completely unhelpful 

Let’s be real about it, it’s fun and exciting to focus on designing the space and finding all the products you’ll need: yoga mats, blocks, towels, decorations, etc., but there are a few things you’ll need to successfully open and run your own yoga studio that people don’t talk about as often.

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The Pros and Cons of the Top Yoga Flooring Options

Wabi-sabi, the art of embracing imperfection, dictates that “nothing lasts, nothing is finished, nothing is perfect.” The same can be said about your yoga studio; it will forever be a work in progress. Whether you have recently purchased a studio or are looking to remodel, you’ll eventually come to the realization that no yoga flooring lasts forever, and no yoga flooring is perfect, but that doesn’t mean some options aren’t better than others. You can embrace the imperfections of our yoga studio flooring while simultaneously having the best yoga flooring possible.

Which yoga flooring should you choose? To help you, here are a few positives and negatives about each option.

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How to Properly Clean Yoga Studio Flooring

Cleaning yoga flooring is no one’s favorite chore, but it’s an absolute must for studios. It’s not something you should do infrequently, either. Nothing will turn yoga students off more than the smell that is left behind by an unkempt yoga studio.

Thankfully, cleaning yoga mat tiles is easy and requires little effort. Follow this quick guide to cleaning your yoga studio flooring.

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Nick Bez’s Top 4 Tips for Keeping New Yoga Students in the New Year!

By Nick Bez

Known across the country as a “yoga instigator & community connector,” I’ve spent a decade getting involved in every nook and cranny of the yoga industry I’ve been able to find.  From managing studios and programming for CorePower Yoga and Life Time Fitness and presenting at national conferences, to co-owning a studio with my wife and traveling as a program consultant, I noticed pretty quickly that no matter where in the world you are, the New Year brings a surge of new students.  I’ve also noticed a lot of studios leaving the opportunity to be of greater service and capture greater revenue to chance each and every January.  Let’s fix that!

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Fight The Causes and Effects of Strokes with Yoga!

Strokes are one of the leading causes of death in the US, and those who survive are often left feeling weak, vulnerable and exceptionally aware of the frailty of the human body. The post-state of having a stroke is a much a mental battle as it is physical. Studies have found that up to 25% of patients who have recently suffered a stroke also exhibit signs of depression within two years.

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Renew You: Tips to Reboot Your Yoga Practice This Fall

Come Fall, two things are certain – pumpkin-spice everything, and visual signs of change.  The leaves, the weather, school and sport schedules, it’s all changing, we’ve even pulled the sweaters out!  Beach season is officially over, and we’re beginning to think about indoor activities.  Plus, holidays are on the way – that’s often a hard time to stay active, let alone start a new activity.  So where others might see an opportunity to head inside and simply hibernate we think it all adds up to this being the perfect moment to reboot and reconnect to your yoga practice!

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