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
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.
We know what you’re thinking: Isn’t Zebra Athletics an MMA and Martial Arts facility outfitter? While historically that may be true, we have exploded onto the yoga scene and have outfitted yoga studios across the country with industry-leading yoga flooring for years.
Your studio could be next.
Have questions about yoga tiles? You’ve come to the right place! We enjoy providing answers, dispelling rumors and helping people just like you make the best decisions for your facility. We get a lot of questions, so we’ve compiled the most frequently asked questions we get about yoga tiles.
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.
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.
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.
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!
While the holidays are a rush for just about all of us, those who own and operate yoga and fitness studios know that January and February can be just as bus, if not busier! With so many New Year’s resolutions being made, people flock to yoga and fitness studios across the globe.
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.
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!
It’s August, it’s hot, and reasonably enough many of us are rushing from one indoor area to the next, never straying too far from air conditioning. But the rest of us? The rest of us are flipping a coin to see if today is a Bikram or a hot vinyasa kind of day – will you come to class with us?