I’ve been in all kinds of studios … some welcome you with fragrance while others make you want to clear out fast.
The first question is “should you even bother scenting your yoga space?”
Reasons to fragrance a yoga studio
1. People sweat. Sweat isn’t pleasant smelling. You want a pleasant and inviting yoga studio. Fragrance helps.
2. Cleaning supplies don’t smell very good. If you use potent cleaning supplies or any cleaning supplies, they can emit an off-putting smell which you want to cover up. That said, it’s important to provide an immaculately clean yoga studio.
3. Fragrance, when done right, enhances the yoga experience.
4. Are you in an old, musty building? If so, fragrance can help.
5. You’ve recently renovated/painted … fragrance probably smells better. Be sure to air out thoroughly after renovations.
Reasons not to fragrance a yoga studio
1. If you’re in a warmer climate and have the windows open letting in fresh air (especially salt water air near the ocean), why mess with nature?
2. Your studio is really down-to-earth and your students prefer au natural over fragrance.
3. You don’t wish to offend anyone or trigger allergic reactions (this can be avoided).
Tips for fragrancing a yoga studio
1. Easy on the potency
When it comes to fragrance, less is more. Remember, you’re in your studio all the time so you become accustomed to the smell of whatever scent you use. However, people coming in from outside don’t want to walk into a wall of scent.
2. Avoid sprays
Avoid sprays for scenting your studio. Your students will inhale that stuff. In fact, look for natural sources … such aas 100% essential oil sources (see suggested fragrance sources below).
3. Listen to student feedback
You can’t please everyone. However, if you receive more criticism than praise for your scent, change it. You can change the scent or the form or both.
4. Use candles with care
First of all, ensure your insurance permits candles in your studio. If not, it’s a moot point. If you are permitted candle use, scented candles are a great way to fragrance a yoga studio. The scent is usually subtle and pleasant. Besides, candles create amazing ambient lighting. If you go the candle route, ensure they are well out of the way of getting knocked over or igniting something. Really be careful with candles.
5. Check for allergy issues
Whatever scent source you use, be sure to inquire about any potential allergy issues. You don’t want to repel students who are allergic to your scent sources. For example, perfume is not the way to go. In fact, kindly require that students not attend wearing perfume.
6. Suggested yoga studio fragrance sources
- Aromatherapy air fresheners: Look for all-natural, 100% pure essential oil air fresheners. These can do a wonderful job and are inexpensive.
- Incense: I love incense. It’s inexpensive, subtle and can really create a unique space. But, some people, including you, might take issue with the smoke.
- Potpourri: This is the least intrusive scent source. No smoke. No chemicals. Just pure nature indoors. If you’re concerned at offending anybody with fragrancing your studio, go with potpourri.
- Scented candles: Another great way to scent up your studio. It’s subtle, pleasant and it offers very nice lighting. Just be sure you’re able to burn candles in your space pursuant to your insurance policy/landlord.
- Humidifier with fragrance oil diffuser: I’ve never tried a humidifier with fragrance oil diffuser, but it could be the right solution for your studio.
How do you fragrance your studio? Any other suggestions? Please leave a comment.