i just returned from visiting my friends’, dorian cheah & ally hamilton’s, new yoga studio in santa monica called yogis anonymous. i had been helping them out with the design for the last couple of months and construction is just about completed. the space was previously a hair salon and my friends transformed it into a cool, green yoga studio. dorian and ally selected an environmentally friendly pre-finished bamboo floor made by smith & fong called plyboo. this floor is formaldehyde free as well as FSC certified. they also specified a no-VOC paint by dunn edwards.
yogis anonymous is a new kind of studio. rather than utilizing the standard method that involves the participant purchasing individual classes or a series of classes, yogis anonymous functions on the premise of a donation system. participants pay what they are most comfortable with. i think this will create much more of a community environment at the studio. with already over 1300 fans on their facebook fan page, i’d say the strategy is working, considering they haven’t even opened their doors yet. they will be having a big launch party this saturday evening for anyone in the los angeles area, details can be found on their fan page.
they are also putting on a “human logo contest” and accepting entries for interpretations of couples performing their interpretation of their new logo. my wife came up with the idea of entering our boys, so we created our own entry. yes it is photoshopped (getting two boys to do that pose at the SAME TIME is impossible when they are 1 and 3 years old) but they each did perform the pose and yes, jake did do a headstand, albeit with the help of wendy’s hand that is photoshopped out of the pic.
if your in santa monica, be sure to check out the studio. ally hamilton is well known in the yoga community and she has put together a powerhouse lineup of super-duper yoga instructors. makes me want to get back into yoga…