Even though our homes are already places of peace and personal sanctuary, there isn’t always a dedicated space for mindfulness practices. While we have rooms for all basic activities – a kitchen for eating, a bedroom for sleeping, a lounge for relaxing, it would only be logical to have a dedicated room for our daily movement and meditation as well. Creating this sanctuary in the comfort of your own home and for the sole purpose of physical movement and mindfulness will enable you to establish a more consistent routine.
There’s no denying that the energy and overall atmosphere of a yoga studio can be difficult to replicate but there is a beauty in practicing yoga by yourself and not surrounded by tons of other people. That way you can focus on yourself, your breathing and your mind without any distractions from strangers.
When you are creating a yoga sanctuary, it’s important to remember that it must make sense for you and as long as you feel at peace in it, factors such as budget, functionality and room availability become less significant.
In this article, we are going to cover the essential steps in the process of setting up a yoga dedicated space in your home as well as some useful and unique tips and tricks which may be helpful and beneficial to you in the creation of your safe haven.
Step 1: Choose Your Spot
The first and one of the most important steps in the process is choosing the right spot for the purpose. It’s vital that you go for a space which has good conditions for maintaining a peaceful environment when needed. For example, staying away from irritable noise and outside distractions is absolutely essential when assessing the conditions of the space. Because many people prefer having their yoga room with plenty of natural light, that often comes along with drawbacks such as traffic noise and the world passing by, creating disturbance.
If the climate allows it, you may even opt for an outside sanctuary. It’s proven that sunlight has a positive impact on the brain so if you cannot get much natural light coming into your home, why not take your practice outside? Many people find the sounds of nature very calming, and the sun healing so if your conditions are suitable, it’s an idea worth exploring.
Most people don’t have a spare room which they can turn into a yoga sanctuary but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to create one without it. The struggle for space has pushed society to find smart ways for making the most out of a small space. If that is you and you can’t find the right spot for your yoga practices, then think about a corner of your house you don’t necessarily use, or an alcove – those awkward spaces in the architecture of the house which can’t seem to be able to be put into use. Regardless of the space you have available, you can create privacy even in those places.
Step 2: Declutter The Space
After carefully selecting the ideal spot for your yoga practices, it’s time to start the process of clearing and decorating. Having a clean and clutter free space is essential for any meditation and yoga practices because there are many random objects, colours and shapes which can make your mind wander, getting you distracted during your session. Essentially a decluttered space contributes to a decluttered mind so the less items you have in the room, the better.
When it comes to décor less is more. There is even a concept practiced during yoga called ‘saucha’ which means purity, cleanliness and clearness, suggesting that you need a clear space and mind in order to reach your higher power.
Step 3: Invest In Yoga Props
Once your space is clean and clear of distractions and unnecessary items, you can start supplying it with all the essentials for your practice. It’s often when you invest in new props and gym wear that you get more motivation to actually use them. That is why it might be a good idea to put some money into a new yoga mat, blocks, yoga pants and any other small bits and bobs which will reenergize your routine and make you more eager to have a practice daily.
Step 4: Engage The Senses
Yoga practices are all about connecting with yourself, your body and your mind so having all your senses stimulated will only elevate your practice further.
The reason why a yoga studio has this almost unmatched energy is because they pay extra attention to all the details and try to engage all the senses a human has. For example, certain colours have a great impact on a person’s ability to relax and ease the mind. Those are the softer colours like light green, pastels, neutrals and whites. Some which you certainly don’t want in your space are both the bright and dark shades of red, which normally signify urgency and alertness.
Scents tend to have a very strong effect on individuals and can be used to ground you. Often they can transform you to a familiar place or time and have the ability to wander your mind in order for it to find comfort. That is why most yoga studios have a lot of candles and diffusers, all of which can open up your chakras.
Burning herbs is a common practice which not only provides some amazing smells, but it also allows you to cleanse the space of any negative energies. You could try burning sage or palo santo, both of which can serve as great options for incorporating herbal scents into your yoga practices.
As already mentioned, you will need a place which is serene and quiet to help you connect with yourself more easily without the distractions of the outside world. For this purpose, you might want to add some sort of background sound to your practice which is relaxing and soothing. Alternatively, many people find the sound of water calming so a little water fountain in the room could do wonders for your yoga practice.
Step 5: Decorate With Intent
This is the last stage of your journey and perhaps the most enjoyable one is the decoration. This is where you can let your creativity and imagination wander and you could personalise the space as much as you want. At the end of the day, it’s only yours to use!
Many people find that bringing the outdoors in helps them feel better as indoor plants have not only air purifying abilities, but they can also really boost a person’s mood and energy levels.
Moreover, while still maintaining a minimalistic and clutter-free look, you want to bring in some personality with the finishing touches. Whether that is a motivational quote that you live by or an art painting that increases your positivity, these are highly recommended for a yoga room.
Having completed all of these steps, you will find yourself inspired and ready to practice yoga and meditation on a more regular basis while also in the comfort of your own house.
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Written by Katrin Mitkova