HOW TO SET UP A HOME-BASED STUDIO WITH LIMITED BUDGET

In the article “A home-based yoga studio, why not?”, I share 3 types of studios that I already set up, and why home-based studio might be a good option for many yoga teachers, especially those who just completed their yoga teacher training course or those who are tired of travelling around to teach at different studios.

If you are looking for some more practical information on how to set up a home-based studio with limited budget, I hope my sharing below will be beneficial to you. When it comes to studio setup, there are a few questions that you might ask.

What is considered a suitable house for yoga teaching?

You might look for a house with a living room or garden or rooftop or garage with a minimum area of 25 square meters.

How to find such a house?

Some of you might be thinking, “oh, you’re such a lucky one who could find a house with quite spacious living room or a garage just behind the house”. To answer to that, I was not really lucky. In fact, I and my husband spent time to look for a house with non-negotiable criteria – “sizeable living room or garage” – so that I could conduct yoga classes. So, if you keep looking for it, you will find it. Also, be open to share with the landlord about your teaching plan when you rent the house, to avoid any conflicts later.

What do I need? How much is the setup cost?

Let’s take both of my living-room studio and Garage studio as examples for cost calculation.

 

 

Total cost ranges from $700 to $2,000, depending on how many mats and props and on how much spent for decorations. If you need support for studio yoga mats, you can contact Beinks, it is a yoga mat brand that offers great deal for studio mats. I got my studio mats from them, very decent and solid mats (photo below).

 

Decorating a place is not my things. How should I do it?

It is not complicated or difficult to turn your living room or an empty space into a nice yoga place. Just a few things that you can note:

  • Keep the place simple. Not so much stuff or furniture or paintings. Just choose 1 or 2 nice paintings to make it less empty/boring.

 

  • Put in some plants. This will make big difference. People feel relaxed looking at trees, plants, green things.

 

  • Use dividers or curtains, something that is easily removed. This can help cover the area that we don’t want people to see, for example, kitchen, garage roller doors. It costs much less than building a plaster wall. You can see in the below picture that I cover my eating table and kitchen with 2 connected room dividers. It costs only $90 for both dividers. I can easily remove them after class, to have the open living room back.

 

  • Have windows to receive air and light. It is not so great to feel like we are practicing in a closed box.

 

  • Re-use those decorations that you already have. There must be some reasons, some backgrounds why you bought certain things. If these things have some stories behind, isn’t it great to display in your studio and make people curious about them? Those things you see in the picture below are from my trips to different countries.
    • The beautifully hand-made carpet on the bottom left is from Cappadocia, Turkey, I bought it because it is antique (80 years old) and was originally used for local people to ride on camels.
    • The dark green lantern on the middle top is from Tibet, with very nice hand-painted Sanskrit characters.
    • The carpet in the corner of the wall is also hand-made from Kerala, India, where I did my teacher training course. Very warm and comfy to sit on.
    • The mat rack/shelf was bought from a second-hand shop, and it is originally a shoe cabinet. I removed the doors to make space for the mats.
    • The board “Love is always the answer” is hand-made by me. I bought the panel, painted it, and attached the letters to the panel. Simple, cheap and easy to do.

 

  • Add your personality into the place. What I mean by that is we need to show people a bit of ourselves by just looking at the studio setup. For example, I love being different and a bit old-school, so I get one of those vintage vinyl players, lace curtains for window, or the main color of the place is not very bright but a bit deep and nostalgic. Don’t bother so much if people like or don’t like the style, if people find “you” in the place, they will love it. People usually love being authentic.

 

So, I hope this sharing gives you a better idea how and how much to set up a home-based studio. This is the first step: setting up. The second step is running it, which I would share another time in another article. All the best to your teaching journey. It is not easy to start, but once it gets started, you can barely stop, as it is too enjoyable to stop.

 

There are 3 comments on this post

  1. Bridget
    47 mins ago

    Hi there,

    I stumbled across your blog post as I was googling home-based yoga studios. I loved your article and it answered all the major and detailed questions I had about the process. Even more so, I recently bought an aerial yoga swing at my house which has become a obsession and requirement for every house I live in–what a beautiful compliment to a yoga practice (plus so much fun). My dream, and passion is to build a home studio, small community, and sanctuary for those who need a place to practice and find friendship/enjoyment. I am a big believer in sacred spaces and the energy they can contribute to your life. I currently have a small personal yoga room that has proven my philosophy of carving out my own sacred space, carves out more time for my practice, and thus brings me to a place of peace and enjoyment all to myself.

    I am going to be completing my 200 YYT in February 2018, and curious how sustainable your business was for your wallet in the first couple years? Did you price match the studios in your area? Was it easy to become known in your community? I suppose I am nervous this will be a hard way to pay the bills, and how long it took to build a reliable clientele. I am confident that passion brings business because people love passion, and I am passionate about bringing this space to the world for everyone who wants to join! But fear still lingers in the back of my mind…unfortunately.

    If you are too busy for questions, then let me leave with saying your blog was very helpful and put my dreams to the test! I am more excited than I was before I stumbled across your piece.

    Love,
    Bridget

    ps I am from the Seattle, WA area for your information–otherwise I would love to drop in for a class of yours, they look divine!

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    1. Yogattitude Author
      8 hours ago

      hello Bridget, lovely to see your sharing. Congratz on your coming training in Feb 2018!
      To be honest, I think it is hard to make a living by just running a small home-based studio, unless your charge is much more premium than other studios. For people to happily pay for this premium price, you need to be an exceptional teacher, your space is also quite different from others, where people can really feel connected and want to come back everytime.
      For the first 1 or 2 years, I think it is important to have another source of income, so you won’t feel so stressed about this “little yoga business”. It should be more about your passion, your sharing, your teaching, your community rather than money matters, for the first 1 year at least.
      Once people love you, your space, your practice, they talk about it and they bring their friends, relatives into your place. That’s mainly how it happens at my place. I got quite a lot of word of mouth, which I think that’s the best way for small business. So don’t worry so much about making it known to the community. If you provide something beautiful, people will talk about it. But it might take time to happen…give yourself at least a year to build your own community.
      But I guess the hardest thing is your first step: make it happen 🙂 It took me a while to have the courage to put the signage board in front of my house promoting my yoga classes. But people will come in and try the class. And once you start, you can hardly stop. It is really rewarding.
      Thank you Bridget for writing to me. All the best to you and your yoga journey 🙂
      Om shanti

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  2. Bridget
    49 mins ago

    pss ironically, I just realized you posted this on my birthday–it’s fate!

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