With more and more people discovering the benefits of yoga and meditation, there is a growing trend to create at home yoga studios. There are many reasons for wanting a home yoga space: some people prefer not to have to leave the house, deal with traffic or fit classes into their schedules. For others, it is a desire to have a private serene space of their own, right at home.
Select the Area
Start by choosing a room in your home to dedicate to your practice. This could be a little used guestroom, grown children’s former bedroom, home gym, finished room in the basement or even a finished attic, if the ceilings are high enough. If you can’t commit an entire room, then carve out a corner in a quiet area of the house.
You will want to clear out and clean the space to create an open area that is uncluttered and peaceful.
Creating a Sense of Serenity
A home yoga/meditation or pilates studio can be as simple or elaborate as you like, here are some basic elements that you may want to include:
- Choose a peaceful paint color such as watery blues, soft greens or pale yellows.
- Have an open space in which you can place your yoga mat and leave it unrolled.
- Hang or lean a large mirror to help you keep an eye on your posture and alignment.
- If you can, choose a room with lots of natural light. You can also include a lamp or install a dimmer switch to create ambient lighting.
- Have a selection of floor pillows and other yoga props to make the area comfortable. Keep these tucked away in a large basket or trunk. The fewer visual distractions, the better.
- For some people, a few pieces of technology might be desired. For example, you may want a small stereo to play meditation music or a TV and DVD player if you rely on yoga videos to guide you.
- Have a point of inspiration to focus on such as a sculpture of Buddha, a nature photograph, a soothing painting or inspirational words…
- Some potted plants can bring in natural inspiration and clear the air and a small fountain can block out distracting sounds.
- The surface you are working on can inspire you as well. Consider installing a comfortable floor surface such as beautiful hardwood flooring, soft natural-fiber carpet or something earth-friendly and easy on the joints like cork. You could even splurge and have in-floor radiant heat put in under your hardwood floors.
Creating a calm, serene space with few distractions is what is most important when designing your home yoga studio. Find what inspires peace and reflection in you, and include it in your quiet space.
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