Brooklyn’s goodyoga studio uses iPad for checkin

In addition to being a yogi and a sociologist, I’m a bit of a propellerhead, having been a longtime Apple nerd and having worked in high tech for 15 years. Needless to say I love this hip convergence of some of my passions. More importantly, if one is going to have technology in a space devoted to mindfulness, it had better be unobtrusive, which the iPad in this case certainly is.

Customers at good yoga in Brooklyn, NY

“The iPad is awesome,” says Flannery Foster, co-owner of Brooklyn’s goodyoga studio. The studio is also a bed and breakfast and serves as home to Flannery and her partner, “so we want it to seem less like a business and more like a community center or a home.”

First order of business? Ditching the front counter and bar code scanner you see at a lot of yoga studios and gyms. “When people walk in the door, we hand them the iPad, and they sit on the couch—it’s a lot more casual, and we can bring them tea or water,” Foster says. Instead of standing awkwardly at the counter and filling out waivers and liability forms on a clipboard, the iPad makes people feel comfortable and also makes data entry a breeze for goodyoga. The studio uses a Google form, so the staff doesn’t have to worry about decoding a patron’s chicken scratch and the team saves times since the client info goes into the database automatically.

“People have fun with it, and we have a lot of people who’ve never used an iPad before,” says Foster. “Sometimes they’re apprehensive, but most people have a lot of fun using it, and they love being able to sign with their finger when they pay with Square.”

Lesson: Impress new customers and get them in your system quickly (for e-mail blasts, etc.) with a sleek iPad setup.

via 6 Creative iPad Uses For Small Retailers : Technology :: American Express OPEN Forum.

If you are a yoga student, teacher or studio owner, what do you think? Would you like using such a system?


About Richard Hudak

I am Senior Adjunct Faculty in Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and I have been a practitioner of Anusara™ yoga. I have completed 200 hours of teacher training within its diaspora community, consistent with its philosophy and alignment principles.
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