Space & Sound Basics: Space & Logistics Checklist

You may wish to consider these elements of the practice space before students arrive.

Wall Space

  • Some populations such as prenatal and postnatal will ideally have wall space. Moderate and advanced practitioners can use wall space to practice inversions. Beginners and those with special conditions can have many more options if a wall is available for support.
  • Is there enough clear wall space for all students? (Note dials for fans and heating systems that can be in the way.) If wall space isn’t available, the sequence can be designed accordingly.


  • Knowing what props are available can guide decisions related to choosing restorative poses and “workshop” type pose variations where props are used to teach certain actions of poses.
  • If teaching specialized student populations such as prenatal or seniors, often props are a fundamental element of making poses accessible. If props are not available for such classes, knowing ahead of time would be essential for many teachers to alter their approach to the class.
  • Are there enough blocks, straps, blankets, bolsters, chairs or other props for all students? Or is there a limited supply?


  • Many teachers prefer to control lighting in their space according to the natural light present during class and/or to reduce lighting during cool down or Savasana.
  • Knowing ahead of time how to adjust lighting can help to keep the sense of a sacred and supportive space.
  • If lights don’t adjust, bringing in a lamp can work to provide dimmer lighting when desired.

Sound System

  • Knowing ahead of time what type of speaker system is available—and getting a mini-lesson on how to use it—can contribute to a smooth teaching experience.
  • For those who prefer to teach with music, carrying a portable speaker system such as an Ipod dock can ensure you’ll have music wherever you teach.

Heating & Cooling

  • Whether teaching a style that keeps the room hot or comfortable, knowing how to adjust fans, A/C, and heat is often important for a yoga practice space.
  • The ability to provide fresh air from windows or at least a door is ideal. It can be helpful to know if windows open and to check ahead of time for locks or to un-stick old or rarely used windows.

Unique Space Considerations

  • Having a general awareness of surrounding conditions, including windows and doors, pillars that block site lines or any other aspects of the space that can impact class will reduce surprises, enable you to proactively address potential issues, and make teaching more natural and comfortable.