When you’re thinking about creating a perfect studio for your clients, you’re going to be taking a lot of things into consideration: lighting, design, ambiance. But have you considered plants?
Plants have lots of amazing benefits independent of yoga, but those benefits can add a lot to a studio: they increase mood, they can help heal the body (really!), and some plants can also clean the air, which can make a pretty big difference in how people feel as they practice in your studio.
So, as you think about designing (or re-designing) your studio, consider these awesome plants.
6 Plants for Yoga Studios
A few things to note before we get into specific indoor plants. Generally, leafy plants are more effective in air purification. A quick example: ferns have a better surface area, which is important in air purification. Ferns have ruffled leaves, which increase the surface area available for gas conversion. The many small leaves also contribute to increasing the surface area. The following are the other plants you might need to consider for your yoga studio.
On to the Plants!
1. Areca palm (Dipsus lutescens)
The areca plant, also called the “butterfly palm,” is a somewhat vase shaped upright houseplant. The plant can grow to around 10-12 feet in height.
To avoid tip damages, you have to ensure that the area is humid. When choosing the plant, select those with large caliber trunks, particularly at the base. A plant with pencil thin stem will topple over and will be hard to maintain.
2. Lady Palm (Rhapis excela)
When searching for the best plants for your yoga studio, you should not forget about the Lady Palm, known as Rhapis Excels.
The Rhapis are among the easiest palms you can grow. However, each species requires a particular culture and environment. Even though the Lady Palm grows slowly, it can grow to around 14 feet in height. The plants will mostly have broad clumps and can have a diameter equal to its height.
3. Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea)
Also known as the reed palm, bamboo palm prefers bright (indirect) light. While your new plants acclimate to the indoor setting of your yoga studio, they will lose some foliage.
The plant remains uniformly moist but you should not over-water it. Again, ensure that it is not sitting in stagnating water. The plant easily attracts spider mites, which you can control by spraying soapy solutions.
4. Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)
The rubber plant grows well indoors – it prefers semi-sun lighting. Ensure that direct sunlight is not reaching the plant, particularly during summer. You might need to support the young plants by stakes.
The plant will grow to around 8 feet and can spread to around 5 feet. When pruning, wear groves mainly because the milky sap can irritate your skin. When the plant is in active growth, you should water thoroughly. Always ensure that the soil is dry before you start watering again. During winter, keep the soil slightly moist.
5. Dracaena “Janet Craig” (Dracaena mariginata)
The Dracaena “Janet Craig” can grow to around 10 feet with a spread exceeding 3 feet. The plant is also among the easiest plants to grow. To grow properly, it requires bright indirect sunlight – which should come from east/west.
Whenever you reduce the watering, the Dracaena will adapt to lower light level. Ensure that you are keeping the soil moist. Moreover, you have to mist the plant frequently with some warm water. Remove every dead leaf and any browning tip. Under watering of the plant will lead to browning of the leaf tips.
6. Philodendron (Philodendron bipinnatifidum)
Did you know that the philodendron is among the most durable houseplants?
The plant prefers medium intensity light. However, it will tolerate lower light. Any direct sun will damage the leaves and even stunt the growth. When shopping for the plant, remember that you have two options.
You can either select the climbing on non-climbing variety. You will need to mist the plant regularly and ensure that the leaves are free from any dust. Ensure that the soil is evenly moist – you can allow it to dry in between watering.
Calming colors on the walls of your yoga studio can bring a sense of peace and encourage your clients to relax when starting exercises. Ensure that the yoga studio is as natural as possible. In my opinion, the more plants you include the better!