Yoga guru Maya Pratt found an empty concrete studio space in Cape Town’s bustling Bree Street and transformed it into an urban yogi’s playground.
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Having taught yoga since 2009 and managed studios in both New York City and Cape Town, what Maya Pratt really wanted was to realise her dream of creating her own yoga studio. Having found the ideal location, she needed to bring the concrete shell to life – with a little bit of help from Plascon paint.
With a clear identity for her edgy, urban studio, Unraveled Yoga, Maya set about designing the space on her own. While adhering to heritage regulations, walls went up, full bathrooms – complete with showers and lockers – were constructed and all the finishes, including a fresh palette of bold colours, transformed what had once been an empty space.
When contemplating the renovation and the colours she would incorporate, Maya decided to steer away from the ethereal hues commonly seen in yoga studios and instead went for something completely different: bright, uplifting shades coupled with arresting graffiti murals. Speaking to the colours featured in the Unraveled logo, Maya continued the theme inside the studio and brought in teal and purple hues, namely Plascon Cashmere Night’s Cloak (P1-C1-1), Sea Garden (G7-B1-2) and Bovine (EC 47), to the accent wall. Using a simple tape-blocking technique that she did herself, Maya created bold geometric shapes with crisp lines and a contemporary feel. To brighten and complement the colour palette, Maya contrasted the cooler hues with the gentle yet lightening warmth of Plascon Mellow Glow (Y3-A1-4) and Mandarin Tusk (EC 49).
With an out-of-the-box, fun colour palette applied in an unexpected way – and the addition of the bold graffiti murals – Maya cleverly created an extra design element (at a low cost) that both activates the space and reinforces her studio’s energetic ethos.
While Maya successfully introduced vibrant hues to the studio herself, she still felt the space needed something a little more edgy to express an inner-city feel and bring a uniquely Capetonian flavour. She commissioned well-known Cape Town-based graffiti and street artist Falko One to apply his highly acclaimed, larger-than-life tusky giants to a studio wall. Besides the fact that Falko One is well known for his amazing elephant depictions, Maya chose these animals to add an African feel to the space while simultaneously alluding to the Hindu god Ganesha referred to in yoga mythology. Falko One was also commissioned for the large-scale tag piece that reads “Get Unraveled”, referencing the studio’s name and spirit of flow, depicted on one of the larger walls to bring a slight underground feel to the zesty Bree Street studio.
PHOTOGRAPHS: SHAVAN RAHIM
WORDS: CHERI MORRIS