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YogaFit franchisee, Ashok Dhariwal, creates a balanced studio while lowering carbon footprint.

Dec 4, 2015 8:21:47 AM

Launched by Lift Brands, parent company of Snap Fitness, YogaFit Studios are the first studios to apply the innovative 24-hour fitness concept to the yoga world, allowing students to practice yoga at their own convenience whether it be attending a live instructor led class or watching on-demand training videos.
 
Managing 24-hour yoga studios that offer classes ranging from 70-90 degrees with variable occupied times, however, has its challenges. Ashok Dhariwal, owner of 3 YogaFit locations in the Twin Cities, applied the same spirit of innovation that the YogaFit brand embodies to tackle the problem. A leader in his field, Ashok recognized the value that installing an automated and predictive HVAC solution would bring to students, employees, and the environment. 

Ashok partnered with 75F to retrofit his Linden HillsNortheast Minneapolis and Loring Park locations with our zone control solution accompanied by the unique external calendar feature. The 75F solution allows studio managers to automatically set studio room temperatures by scheduling the classes in an external calendar, such as Google calendar. Managers simply enter the class name and desired temperature in the subject line of the Google event and the 75F system automatically pre-conditions the room so that the studio is at the desired temperature when students arrive for class. When there are no classes scheduled, the system will lower the temperature to save energy and lower cost.

 

Manager enters Manager enters "Sweat 90" at 1:00pm to automatically set temperature to 90 degrees.

 

 

The Facilisight app exhibits how the systems automatically pre-conditions the room according to Google calendar events. The Facilisight app exhibits how the systems automatically pre-conditions the room according to Google calendar events.

 

The 75F solution has offered a variety of benefits. With the 75F solution, Ashok has greater insight and control over his facilities. His instructors are able to focus on their mission to deliver the best yoga experience to their students, not the temperature. Finally, the studio was able to deliver a great customer experience without compromising on sustainability. 

The challenge that YogaFit faces is not a unique one in their industry. There are a variety of solutions that exist in the marketplace that lowers carbon footprint, but none of them quite fit their needs:

  1. Hydronic systems are used by many yoga studios to achieve the heat required for hot yoga. While this system uses 1/3 of the energy of commonly used electric heat systems, creating a hydronic zone control solution is cost prohibitive.
  2. Radiant heat ceiling panels are another commonly used sustainable method. While cost effective and easy to install, the panels are not effective in dispersing heat evenly throughout the space.

At the end of the day, neither one of these systems solved YogaFit’s core challenges of maintaining an energy efficient 24-hour studio that automatically delivers the appropriate temperature required for varying yoga practices throughout the day.

75F believes that delivering best in class customer experience should not come at the expense of sustainability. Our solution has helped YogaFit deliver the best atmosphere for their yoga class while lowering their carbon footprint.

We encourage you to try out the YogaFit experience for yourself. Find the nearest YogaFit location and enjoy one week of free classes for new members!

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Jane Kaster

Written by Jane Kaster

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