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Encourage Handcrafted Yoga, Westchester’s 1st Green Yoga Studio

www.encourageyoga.comEncourage Handcrafted Yoga opened its doors in Croton-on-Hudson in mid-October 2013.  Owner Al Bingham has created a simple, warm and rustic space that encourages you to say “ahhhh” when walking through the door. “Our goal is to create an environment that encourages our clients to use their bodies, breath and attention in ways that help them recognize the quiet expanse that already exists within them.  We believe the physical environment that a person practices in plays an important role and can be a source of encouragement.”

To that end, Al chose to work with Dani Glaser of Green Team Spirit to help him realize his vision of a healthy space for people and planet, and to serve as a source of encouragement both inside and outside of the studio. Eco-friendly choices were made during design and construction and continue through daily operations.

  • Demolition:
    • Recycled ceiling tiles and metal grids
    • Reused pipes and studs
  • Construction, Building products & materials:
    • Flooring – Kaindl flooring and laminate foam, GREENGUARD Gold Certified (safe/non-toxic)
    • Paints/primers – no/low VOC (volatile organic compounds)
    • Water fixtures – low flow toilets/sinks
    • Desk – reclaimed barn wood
    • Shoe caddy & chalkboards – reclaimed window frames, screen doors & wood shutters
    • Signage – handmade from recycled barn wood
    • Ottoman/chairs – 100% recycled plastic
    • LED lighting – bathrooms & closets
    • Energy efficient track lighting in studio space
  • Energy Management:
    • Programmable thermostat
    • Industrial downdraft fan to maximize circulation of hot/cool air as needed
    • Practices – natural light or dimmed lights during class
  • Water Management:
    • Drinking water filtration system plugs directly into water supply for cold/hot beverage use
  • Waste & Materials Management:
    • Zero waste facility
    • Ceramic mugs provided for drinking
    • Cloth hand towels in bathrooms
    • Paperless – online check-in and payment
    • Non-toxic cleaning products (Seventh Generation)
    • Non-toxic hand soap
    • Toilet tissue – 100% recycled paper
    • Candles – beeswax/soy, essential oil scented


Encouraging Green Business & Community

  • Encourage Yoga will be hosting Green Drinks Westchester on January 28th (RSVP HERE). The event welcomes the local community to visit the space and enjoy each others company in a relaxed environment. Food and drink are provided by Fino Ristorante next door.
  • Encourage Yoga is participating in the Westchester Green Business Challenge, joining nearly 250 Westchester County businesses on the path to environmental sustainability.


Special offer to try Encourage Yoga

If you would like to learn more about Encourage Yoga, contact Al Bingham at For a limited time, you can take advantage of a great offer: 30 Days of Unlimited Yoga Classes for just $40.

Encourage Yoga reclaimed barn wood desk

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