Architecture, Community Engagement
The Church of Yoga is a community yoga and wellness center, offering sliding scale yoga classes and a variety of community programming in the New Orleans Seventh Ward neighborhood. Evident by its name and its colorful theme, the Church of Yoga is unlike most other yoga studios.
Concordia worked closely with the Owner and Contractor to renovate the building at 1480 N. Rocheblave, formerly a small neighborhood church, to honor it as a community space focused on shared wellness and reflection, while celebrating its new and unique identity.
Concordia’s renovation of Church of Yoga included replacing and vaulting a portion of the roof, restoring existing windows, new interior finishes through-out, and reconfiguring the building plan to accommodate accessible and flexible spaces. Remnants of the formerly active Church, such as a baptismal, were preserved and re-imagined to be a colorful, neon lit backdrop to the Church of Yoga’s main classroom. A Japanese technique of charring wood called “shou sugi ban” was used to darken the graining and colorfully stain wood millwork and exposed beams throughout the Church. The dreamily lit and colorful interiors at Church of Yoga inspire visitors to be mindful and to dance in the same breath.