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During Economic Uncertainty, Spiritual Yoga Attendance is Up—With 4 Top Tips on Incorporating Spiritual Yoga Classes in Your Spa

Posted: August 17, 2011

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Recruit a really good local teacher, or bring in a headliner who’s known for devotional yoga practice. The person for the job should have a track record in teaching devotional classes, and ideally was trained in more devotional styles, such as Jivamukti, which incorporates the harmonium, kirtan, dharma readings and more. Or bring in a yoga teacher or author/expert who might want a week at the spa in exchange for lectures from her best seller.

3. Curate your classes.

Do you have strong energy worker on staff or a meditation teacher? Is there a nearby Buddhist retreat with experts who can enlighten your clients? Invite these experts to co-host a class or a class series with your yoga teacher. We’ve had a lot of success layering wellness elements into our Well+Good reader events, like how to use aromatherapy with an aromatherapy supplier during a class at Pure Yoga, followed by a juice after-party with a juice supplier.

4. Be specific and clear about the spiritual style.

Spas should indicate if the classes are based on modern meditation practices or a specific yoga philosophy. Is the class comprised of traditional sutra readings and chantin? Or is it mostly a vinyasa yoga practice with a side dish of spirituality? Vagueness can be frustrating for spa-goers who have a regular yoga practice at home—and to newcomers who may have preconceived notions of what the class will be.