Recently, I overheard an interesting conversation following my Bikram yoga class. A visiting yogi was raving about the class to the instructor. Among her many praises was the comfort of the classroom. Since this a Bikram yoga class, which is sometimes referred to as hot yoga, the term “comfort” should be used loosely. Optimally, a hot yoga studio should be 105 degrees Fahrenheit and have a relative humidity of 40%.
Achieving this delicate balance of temperature and humidity is important for two primary reasons:
- A heated classroom allows students to achieve deeper stretches, prevents injuries, and relieves tension.
- Complementing the high temperature with the proper humidity level makes warm temperatures more tolerable.
Many studio owners have found that supplementing their HVAC system with a dehumidifier helps remove unwanted moisture and creates a healthier environment for their students. For larger yoga facilities, possibly those with multiple Bikram or hot yoga rooms, the Hi-E Dry 100 is a great moisture control solution. This commercial-grade dehumidifier removes an impressive 172 pints of excess moisture from the air at 90% saturation and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. This portable dehumidifier can be used as a stand-alone unit in a large single room up to 2,500 square feet, like areas used for conferences and trainings. The Hi-E Dry 100 can also be ducted into an existing HVAC system.
For smaller yoga studios, a compact yet high efficiency dehumidifier like the Danby DDR6009REE will help keep your studio in great condition. Maintaining proper humidity levels is also great for studios with wood floors and wood structures because it helps prevent bowing of the wood and other moisture-related damage.
In addition to dehumidifiers, we also offer a wide selection of heaters, just in case your existing HVAC system needs a little help to reach such high temperatures. Supplemental heaters are great because they can simply be turned off after class, quickly creating a cooler environment for students’ to relax into their savasana.
With all of the sweat and toxins flowing out of students’ bodies, an air purifier might be another great addition to your studio. The Rabbit Air BioGS is an effective, ultra-quiet air purifier. It features a 3-stage filtration system that includes a honeycomb activated carbon filter to remove odors. While an air purifier might be distracting during yoga practice, it can definitely help restore the studio to a clean, comfortable state between classes.
Until next week, namaste.