There’s something about Sunday. It’s the bookend to a long week and the ultimate day to get in those final moments of relaxation. Because I can’t stay in this state of mind forever, I use yoga to make every day feel like this sacred day.
While in New York, I was fortunate enough to visit Sky Ting Yoga. I loved the space so much, I decided to interview the designer of the space, Nick Poe, to get a better understanding of how it all came together. I immediately noticed the light and airy feel of the space, so it was my first inquiry. Nick explained his distaste for the standard of what a yoga space should look like. “There was an assumption of what was wanted for yoga,” he said, mentioning the common Indian-inspired theme many studios adopt. Nick’s solution was creating a blank canvas that encapsulated the universal concept of relaxation.
During our discussion regarding a universal concept of relaxation, Nick pointed out that a “sanctuary for yourself is different for different people, which makes it difficult to make a blanket statement.” One thing he was sure to point out, though was that “mirrors are really important in balancing light,” which will give the space a more natural and home-y feel.
Nick was kind enough to show his work in his own personal space. He is consistent with themes and tones, all of which make them refreshing. Nick has mastered the art of turning disarray mixed with claustrophobia into organized mixed with a breath of fresh air: a space that allows you to take everything in and get back in touch with yourself.
Nick showed his commitment to relaxation, community, and a welcoming energy for the space in a few ways. He spent time on the lounge space and entry space to bring more personality to the design. “When you walk in, you have an opportunity to present people with an offering,” he explained, “By building a structure/frame to hold an object like flowers or fruit at the entrance, we’re creating a welcoming moment where it’s not about mere function, but gives visitors a first moment to take in some simple beauty.” With a goal of making people feel at peace—a major purpose of yoga—it is imprudent that building a community is directly related to the design of a space.
Pulling from the soft pinks, bright whites, and sandy woods of Nick’s ingenious take on Sky Ting, I’ve created our newest Lazy Sunday filter. I wanted to create a space that is crisp and relaxed and will provide you with a blank canvas to create your own Zen haven.
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