Sweet Yoga Suite

May 10, 2009

A 60’’s basement is reborn …..  into a tranquil yoga suite befitting a dedicated Iyengar Yoga teacher.


In December 2008 my yoga teacher, Nadia, hired me to turn her 60’s basement ‘rec-room’ into a metropolitan yoga suite befitting her dedication to the practice of Iyengar yoga.  I was up for the challenge.  


I knew the old space intimately as I have been a student of her hands-on, one-to-one teaching techniques for the past several years.  Nadia has a small but dedicated group of students.  She felt she owed it to these true students of the art to provide a space reflective of B. K. S. Iyengar’s teachings.


I worked closely with this client.  Travelling to the Toronto Yoga Centre, where Nadia has been a dedicated teacher for 14 years, I was able to get a feel for what she wanted to create on a smaller scale,  by observing the space in use, understanding the purpose of the ropes and other equipment,  photographing the space and speaking to other instructors.   I then carefully reviewed her plans for the space, and discussed the possibilities, as well as probabilities.


It was important to start with a clean slate by tearing out and disposing of all remnants of the sixties in this basement including the orange shag carpet, stucco and panelled walls, wall paper, and drop ceiling.    Working from photographs of The Toronto Yoga Centre, the contractor, Peter from @Your Service  was able to replicate the wall of ropes and create a tranquil atmosphere befitting yoga and meditation. 


The pièce de résistance was the stained plywood secondary wall, built in front of the stud wall to conceal the anchored ropes, used for standing poses in the yoga suite.   






This client was, and more importantly has remained through this process, my friend and my yoga teacher.  


To practice yoga in this new tranquil environment call to schedule your class at ‘Yoga with Nadia’, in Mississauga, Ontario.