Moksha Yoga studios are built on the foundation of clean, green, conscious construction that is designed to create a calm and healthy environment for your practice. To learn more about our building principals and the materials used to start a Moksha studio, visit the Go Green Top 20 section of our site or click on the links and videos below.
Here are some of the features you'll find:
- Cork Studio Floor
- Heating System
- VOC-Free Paints
- Filtered Faucets
- Energy Efficient Washer/Dryer
- Green Cleaning Products
- Natural Mat Disinfectant
- Clean Air
Cork Studio Floor
Many chiropractors and other health practitioners know cork as a flooring alternative for those with low back pain (think Birkenstock-floor!). It is comfortable and healthy to stand on. Also, because it is harvested from the exterior of a living tree, cork contains natural anti-microbes that prevent bacteria from entering the floor. From an environmental perspective, cork is a sustainable product as cork trees continue living and producing after the product is harvested. Cork tree protection is highly legislated in Portugal, where we order the product, allowing some trees to live well past a century.
The studio will use Radiant Heating Panels that were designed by the Environmental Protection Agency for Energy Efficiency. The panels can be used in homes or commercial environments and can often cut energy consumption (or costs) whether gas or electric by up to 40%.
Most paints contain VOC's (volatile organic compounds), which once in the atmosphere, react with other chemicals to form ozone, a major component of pollution. Even paints that start out VOC free take on some VOCs when colorant is added. The paint used by Moksha Yoga studios is completely VOC free, including all colorants. Since much of a Moksha class is focused on breathing, this choice is also optimal from a health perspective.
Water filters will be placed on taps to provide clean and pure drinking water. The Ametek Carbon filtration system filters out chemicals such as chlorine, lead and other dissolved heavy metals, rust particles, sediment, silt, as well as other VOC's and pesticides.
Energy Efficient Washer/Dryer
Our washer is a front loader built for low water consumption. It uses less than one third the water of a regular washer its size. Our dryer is also highly energy efficient.
Green Cleaning Products
As with all Moksha studios, Moksha Yoga Montreal will use Nature Clean and CitraSolve for all of the studio cleaning. The products are hypo-allergenic (contain no perfumes, dyes, formaldehyde preservatives, ammonia or other common allergens). They are plant based and thus can biodegrade very efficiently. They also do not off-gas preventing the inhalation of the chemicals released from standard household cleaners.
Natural Mat Disinfectant
To keep the rental mats clean we use Benefect, a disinfectant made of plant products such as Thyme, Clove and Lemongrass. It naturally accelerates the germ-killing processes within plants; similar to our immune system. Benefect is certified by Health Canada as an 'anti-fungal' agent, proven to kill over 99.99% of bacteria, mold and mildew using aroma-therapeutic biodegradable plant extracts. It is strong enough to use in hospitals and safe enough to drink! Benefect will also be used for some cleaning.