Life Yoga Trends Green Dream Yoga Journal Life By Andrea Ferretti | Aug 28, 2007 Share Facebook Twitter Google Plus Pinterest Email Comments To some it was just a tiny, dilapidated old bungalow-nothing more than a shedbut to David Lurey, a passionate environmentalist and a dedicated yogi, it was the perfect space for a green-friendly yoga studio. With the help of a contractor who shared his vision, Lurey completely renovated the 200-square-foot room using as many of the latest environmentally friendly innovations as he could afford. “Environmentalism is very much a part of my life,” says Lurey, who’s based in San Francisco and is a board member of the Green Yoga Association in Berkeley, California, “so being able to incorporate that into my business felt right.” Lurey looked for nontoxic paints and recycled building materials and made “green” choices about heating, insulation, flooring, lighting, and props (see the chart to the left for details). Whenever possible he opted for the greenest solutionlike using radiant heat or UltraTouch insulation rather than the old-fashioned (and toxic) pink fiberglass material. Even if it meant upfront costs were higher, he was confident that he’d make up for it with either lower bills or, a bigger bonus, better health. Eventually Lurey plans to install solar panels once he’s recouped some of his other expenses. In the meantime, the results of his efforts are palpable and practical. He teaches free yoga classes for charities, and he used to host Tuesday-night kirtans for friendsuntil they got too popular and had to be moved to a nearby yoga studio. “I felt like a club owner,” he says, “as if I had to stop people and ask, ‘Are you on the guest list?’ ” Now that he’s not playing bouncer anymore, Lurey can appreciate his new space and the energy that went into making it sustainable. “It was my hands that helped create this place, and it’s my heart that’s behind the green-yoga concept,” he says. “When I come in here, I feel I’m in a sacred, healthy space.” View bonus eco-friendly resources related to this article in our Online Extra section. Andrea Ferretti is the Yoga Lifestyle Editor of Yoga Journal. You Might Also Like Life Former NFL Linebacker Keith Mitchell's Mindfulness Mission How former NFL player Keith Mitchell found healing through yoga and mindfulness. Now, he wants to share that experience with others. Life Wristbands Absorbing Chemicals? What You Need to Know Those wristbands worn to support favorite charities may one day double as a bellwether for environmental chemicals. Life When Your Wrists Hurt Baxter Bell explains Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, and how to approach your yoga practice when your wrists hurt.