With so many people enjoying the benefits of yoga, meditation and pilates these days, it’s natural for folks to want to dedicate an area of their home to their practice. Going out to a yoga studio can help to motivate you and working with a skilled instructor is the perfect way to start but you can take it one step further by creating a yoga space at home in which you can practice, relax and unwind.
We don’t all have vast expanses of space to dedicate to a single activity, but you may have a room or corner that will work well. Creating the right yoga environment can have a profound impact on your focus and concentration. Remember, this does not have to be an elaborate home improvement, just one that helps you meet your needs.
• Find a spot in the house that is peaceful and relaxing.
• Try to choose an area where you will be undisturbed by the sights, sounds and smells of your family or pets during your practice.
• If you can, choose a location that has plenty of natural light coming in and where you can see outdoors. This is particularly important if you will be using the space during daytime hours and to help you reconnect with nature. If the room does not have a lot of natural light, adding a lamp or a dimmer switch to overhead lights can be helpful.
• Add natural elements such as plants to clean the air, a small indoor water fountain to help you relax and mask outside noises, and even a small rock garden to ground and center the space.
• Choose a peaceful color palette for the room. Watery blues, soft greens or pale yellows are great starting points.
• You will likely want a small stereo or docking station for music and some people may want to have a TV and player in order to follow instructional videos.
• Of course, you will need your yoga mat and any other props that you use such as blocks, cushions or balls.
• For many people, the ideal location for their home yoga studio may be in the basement. If this is the case for you, be sure that you are working in a warm, dry basement, free of mold, allergens and clutter. You may want to look into basement waterproofing or foundation repairs prior to creating your yoga space if you have any concerns about a wet basement.
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