Yoga is a relaxing, rewarding practice that energizes the mind and heals the body. Although a yoga studio is a great place to practice, sometimes it's nice to practice in the comfort of your own home. Today I will talk about how to create a home yoga space so that you can achieve that same sense of bliss you get in your favorite yoga studio.
Where to create your home yoga space?
Bedroom: If you have floor space to spare, practicing yoga here will help you channel the calming relaxation usually associated with this room. It's our sanctuary...a place to rest at night when we sleep and rest spiritually during the day when we practice or need a space to relax.
Living room: If a part of your living room is rarely used, why not utilize some of that space? You can easily create a calming, makeshift yoga space then change it back when not in use. Preferably choose the space close to the window, because an abundance of natural light will light up your heart.
Backyard: If you have an outdoor space, then outdoors is best! Breathe in the fresh air! Surround yourself by sunshine and practice your postures in a flat area in the backyard. Create a yoga space near any flowers or vegetation to become more connected to nature.
Make room: Simply clear a small space that is at least six feet by six feet or longer, depending on your height. However, it's vital that you move surrounding furniture out of reach so you have ample room to accommodate all postures.
Always practice yoga at the same spot in your home. Over time, you'll start to associate this spot with yoga and will automatically get into the right state of mind each time you step into this home yoga space.
How to create an environment in your home yoga space?
Only include items that are functional or beautiful. Remove anything that doesn't serve either purpose and design your space to suit your specific needs. This will instantly remove distractions, turning your room into a blank canvas.
Tip: If you're converting a small space only to change it back after your session, a nearby basket or box will be convenient for quickly storing all of the original items.
2. Make an alter
An altar is a central place where you can meditate and reconnect. An altar can be anywhere you want and can include anything that helps promote spirituality. For example, you can use scented candles, incense or aromatherapy spray to create a welcoming feel to the space. Consider using a small shelf or night stand where you can place an object such as a candle, buddha statue or flower to represent your intention.
3. Place your favorite Yoga Mat
If your practice is only or mostly at home, I suggest you invest in a durable mat! Personally I like using Sports and the City® eco-friendly yoga mat at home. The mat's two sided textured surface provides superior cushioning and excellent grip on hard surfaces. Its thickness provides the perfect surface to protect your knees and joints while still allowing you to safely grip the floor for balance poses. This mat has different color options. I love their dark green and purple mats which are really elegant. They are so beautiful that some users don't roll them up after practice and let them be part of home decorations.
Make sure you have props like bolsters, yoga wheel, foam blocks, and straps to aid your postures if needed.
A bolster is a beautiful prop with so many benefits – it helps open the heart, can support the low back, aids in restorative postures, helps to go deeper into postures, or it can be a pillow for relaxing. Get Yoga Bolster hand made in USA.
Yoga wheels are ideal yoga props for both novice and advanced yogis. Practice with yoga wheel helps increase muscle and spine flexibility, improve balance, core and back strength, and facilitate sequential posing. You can use yoga wheel to stretch and release tension from all common, pain-triggering points: shoulder, chest, hip and back. I recommend UpCircleSeven Yoga Wheel which helps gain fluidity of motion and can help you execute all poses with ease. It's also a big help when you perform advanced backbends and handstands.
They are not necessary but a great addition if meditation and pranayama exercises are part of your yoga practice.
6. Wall decoration
For wall decoration, you choose either calm colors or vibrant colors.
You can instantly transform a drab room into a peaceful sanctuary by pinning a soothing-colored sheet to the walls to create an instant faux-paint job. You can also experiment with different colors and textures. For example, you can use Tapestry Mandala. The exotic and beautiful design will brighten up the entire home yoga space,
7. Set the mood with lighting
Don't underestimate lighting. It's incredibly important and has a huge impact on your mood and well-being. I love a lot of natural light! Therefore I always open my blinds to let the natural light in. Everyone has different needs. If you want less light and more softness to your home yoga space, lightweight cotton drape is great option. If possible, install dimmer switches on overhead lights and purchase lamps with a 3-way switch. So that you can slightly increase or decrease the lighting to cater to your mood and type of yoga.
8. Relaxing music
Use a portable speaker to play some soothing tunes. In my post "Best Yoga Music For Your Yoga Practice", I recommend a list of yoga music that are great for your home practice. In my list, you will find soothing songs for both relaxation and meditation. You will also find fast paced songs for the flow of more intense Vinyasas. All the songs allow you to match your breath and movement to the rhythm. They help you have a beautiful and graceful practice.