Formerly Joyful Yoga & Joyful Mamas, Studio 191 is our new purpose designed yoga, movement + lifestyle studio in de Pijp. We're dedicated to serving the local community + environment - it is our intention and goal to make conscious choices to minimise the negative impact to our environment. In fact, we have considered the environmental impact with every decision we have made - from the studio's construction to our operation. Did you know that the building was just 4 walls and that everything you see now was designed and built by us using sustainable materials (wherever possible)? One of the benefits (and beautiful challenges) of creating a space from the roots up was our ability to make conscious choices. Over the past 4 months, we have learnt so much about where our materials come from and how we can make better choices.
Well, we hope you are going to love the space! We have focused on creating a toxin-free environment using natural and/or recycled materials. Want a few examples?
We have chosen to surround our space with a selection of Air-Purifying Plants. Looking to find out more about this for your own space? We can help.
On a personal note, I really would like to share with you all that "Going Green" hasn't always been a walk in the park. It certainly takes time to acquire knowledge and find the best options out there. It also takes dedication and a willingness to look beyond the cheapest and quickest solution. In some situations, it has also taken a level of acceptance as not everything can be avoided, yet compromises can be made. For example, I felt it necessary to have business cards and a few posters - I'm trying to save paper but I also would love people to know about my business. My compromise was to print with a company that had a better eco-footprint record and also to use recycled paper. It took time, it took a bit more money but it feels better to me. In this regard, I found a level of acceptance through compromise.
So does "going green" take more money? Personally, the idea that more ecological choices are more expensive are (for me) neither true nor false. I can definitely attest that eco-friendly, low VOC paint is definitely more expensive than it's naughty counterpart, however, buying disposable tableware that has been recycled (and that can be recycled again) had no extra cost. Choosing plants that clean your air, making pieces of furniture yourself from old, unloved items and advocating natural solutions to clean your space... well, these green practices saved us money for sure.
Was it worth the extra time and energy? Absolutely. I feel so proud of the space and the conscious intention we have put into creating it. Even the builders got onboard (eventually). This coming Sunday 06 December, Studio 191 Amsterdam will open it's doors for the first time. I can't wait to show you the space and give you a taste of the energy and offerings. On a deeper level, I'm excited to share the ethos, passions and ambitions of this studio - of everyone who has helped to create it and everyone who continues to make it a place of joy and transformation.
Founder + Teacher at Studio 191
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