Our Studio has been carefully constructed to sustain a safe, healthy and environmentally conscious setting. Guided by a deep sense of responsibility for the effect of our actions on the natural environment, we have strived to create as green a space as possible.
Here are some of the features you'll find:
- Reclaimed Hardwood Floors
- Heating System
- VOC-Free Paints
- Filtered Faucets
- Energy Efficient Washer/Dryer
- Green Cleaning Products
- Natural Mat Disinfectant
Reclaimed Hardwood Floors
Durning the studio's initial construction stage, the building's original hardwood floors were discovered accidentally (or by synergetic gift?). Underneath four layers of flooring (which may have spanned four generations) existed the clear maple surface that lights up almost every room in the studio. Four days were spent removing the old layers, reclaiming and exposing the beauty likely provided by local, century-old forests.
Our solid state radiant heating panels combine efficient, zone-directed, quick response heating. These silent units require significantly less energy compared with oil, gas and electric convective heating systems and are positioned for precise radiant concentration. Our radiant electric heating is draftless, non-allergenic as well as safe, clean and noiseless.
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 have been 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 Bloor West uses 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.