Eco Conscious

The green side to yogahaven

In order to make our world a little brighter and our hearts a little lighter, we’re thrilled to say that yogahaven are now a carbon neutral company. As of this summer 2014 we are financially supporting renewable energy source projects ranging from biomass and run-of-river energy to wind power.

It had always hit us hard, being a hot yoga studio that uses a great deal of energy leading to damaging emissions. Asteya means ‘Non-stealing’ in Sanskrit and is one of the founding moral ideas in yoga and going green allows us to have a more mutually beneficial relationship with the Earth. Another of the base principles of yoga is of Ahimsa ‘Non-violence’, committing to creating the least harm possible to yourself, other beings and indeed the world around you.

Carbon Neutral

The founder of yogahaven, Allie Hill summed her feelings up well here:

“Going carbon neutral has been on my mind for a long time. As yogahaven has expanded I’ve been aware of how much energy we’re using in Hot Yoga and it doesn’t make me feel good. I feel like I’m taking from the earth without giving back.

I always try and remind myself of why I started this business in the first place – a pure and simple love of yoga. I’m doing my best to stay as close as possible to the yogic principles I read in my yoga philosophy books.

You could interpret many of the Yamas (Moral Restraints) as messages to not steal from, or harm the planet. I see the Yamas and Niyamas as guidelines to leading a better and more conscious life. Reducing our carbon footprint as a business, especially a yoga business is hopefully a way of staying close to our roots and a way to give back.”

Other little steps that add up into creating big changes

Throughout your whole yogahaven experience, here’s how we’re making it green:

  • Wipeable Sign Up Sheets

    Re-usable forms that we can scan into our computer system means no more paper wastage.
  • Eco-Friendly Shower gels

    There are no nasties in any of our studio shower gels so you can take a quick rinse with a squeaky clean conscience.
  • Recycled Flyers and Introductory Offer Cards

    The small amount of paper that we do use is all recycled and we direct our students to our online schedule so we don’t print out any timetables.
  • Cleanliness in a Flash

    We have signs in studio that ask our yogis take up to 3 min in the showers, cutting back on water wastage and creating better vibes in the line for the shower too - everyone is a winner.
  • Filtered Drinking Water

    We provide filtered drinking water in our studios to help you stay hydrated and encourage our yogis to bring their own reusable water bottles.
  • Moving towards No or BioDegradable Wet Kit Bags

    We’re encouraging yogis to bring their own reusable bags to take their wet kit home. At the moment yogahaven Richmond is bag free and we’re working towards either no bags or introducing more environmentally friendly bags for yogis in a pinch.
  • Ethical Water

    If a student does need to buy a bottle of water, we sell Life Water. Every bottle of Life water purchased funds the delivery of at least 1000 litres of clean drinking water to a community in need.
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Giving back to the earth

A video introduction to yogahaven going green

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