Many years ago when I was living in Los Angeles and studying advanced Feng Shui, a yoga studio on La Brea Avenue in West Hollywood emailed me with this question:
“Our new yoga studio keeps getting vandalized with graffiti on the front and back doors.
Every time we hire a crew to clean it up, a few days later we arrive and find it [the exterior of the studio] has been vandalized again and it’s worse.
Is there anything we can do from a Feng Shui perspective that can help? This is costing us business and stress.”
I jumped on the opportunity to help the studio and I was thrilled to practice my Feng Shui skills.
My Feng Shui teacher offered to help and came along with me for the consultation.
The studio was stunning with hardwood floors and natural light beaming in through the large windows of the front retail space.
As my teacher and I toured the yoga space, we looked at each other and smiled. The answer was simple.
But, before I share it with you, I’d like to explain an important Feng Shui concept first, one that I learned early on in my design and Feng Shui training.
When there is negative energy in a space, for example, when your patients or clients continuously feel angry or upset, yell at one of your team, or if you [or your staff] feel crabby every day and have a negative attitude towards life and work and worry is a big part of your daily routine, then your space can start to feel heavy, tired and unwelcoming.
And when negative energy builds and grows over time in your waiting room, studio, clinic, treatment room or other area, that energy can start attracting similar energy, and similar people with similar problems are then attracted to your space.
This is what many in the Feng Shui community call bad luck.
As I stood quietly in the yoga studio, I understood what was happening in that space; it was filled with stressful, negative energy.
The first thing I recommended was to clean the space from top to bottom with an essential oil mix. This helps to remove old energy imprints from the past owner and ALL the stress related to the closing of the business.
After the space was cleared, I recommended planting red roses outside along the front window and spiky Aloe Vera plants in the back.
As I’ve shared with you before, spiky plants can cause agitation inside a space and can be dangerous to a patient or client who might bump into them and hurt themselves.
But… in certain cases like this one, spiky plants can be a great option to deter people from damaging private property.
Psychologically, when humans see sharp edges on anything [but especially on plants], we tend to respect them and avoid their sharp edges.
As for roses, the thorns command reverence. The plant says, “Be careful how close you get and pay attention. I might hurt you.”
The Aloe Vera plant is a healing plant and like the thorn of the rose, demands respect and presence.
The new owners of the yoga studio followed our Feng Shui advice and guess what?
Sometimes the smallest design improvement has the most powerful result.