Attending studio yoga classes is a perfect way to develop a consistent yoga practice. Distraction-free environment, peaceful vibe, and community spirit - the benefits are countless.
But alas, life is not perfect.
Training with an instructor is costly, time-consuming, and not always convenient. So should you just give up and put your yoga practice on hold?
Not at all!
If you can't make it to a yoga studio, you can bring the studio atmosphere into your own home by creating a private sacred yoga space.
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I've been traveling a lot for the last couple of years. Always on the move from one apartment and hotel room to another, I didn't have the time and chance to set up my own yoga corner. I just rolled my mat wherever I had free room (I even did yoga in the hotel corridor once) and started flowing. Until someone or something interrupted my yoga practice.
They say a little bit of yoga is better than no yoga. I agree 100%. But with that lifestyle, the quality of my practice was suffering. Moreover, often, it was far from being peaceful.
Now that I've settled down (hopefully for a while 🙂 and dedicated a corner in my living room specifically to yoga, it finally hit me how much I was missing out. Such a simple thing as making room for yoga and other wellness routines has enhanced my practice and well-being in so many ways!
Here are five positive changes that happened to me after I'd put effort into arranging my home yoga space:
I became more focused. Believe me, this will happen to you too! Whether it's a separate room, a small nook or a balcony, your yoga space becomes your sacred territory. With time, you'll train your mind to switch off any concerns about the household, work, or life moment you step into your zen area. Instead, you'll learn to focus on yourself and your practice.
You probably won't be able to prevent pets from coming into your space, especially if you haven't arranged it in a separate room. But you can keep people and all the distracting technology away. For example, I put my phone on mute and turn off laptop notifications before stepping onto the mat. And my husband knows that when I'm in my "zen zone," I'm not available for conversation or answering questions.
I became more motivated. We all have days when we don't want to do anything. As good as yoga makes me feel, sometimes I just don't want to practice. But I love my yoga space since it's just so cozy and beautiful. So I can casually sit on the yoga mat, switch on the music, light the candles and voila – my body starts stretching, moving and, all of the sudden, this turns into a full hour flow.
I became more relaxed. When I feel blue, anxious, or angry, I just fire some incense, light the candles and put on soothing music. How can you still feel stressed after this wellness treatment?
I became more mindful. Your yoga space doesn't have to be reserved for yoga only. There are so many other things you can do there: journal, reflect on the day, plan, meditate, read a book, relax with a cup of tea (or any other strong beverage), craft a handmade decoration.
I became more creative. If you're not an interior designer but always dreamed of being, this is your chance! Setting up home yoga space is soooo much fun, especially with all the dedicated goods for yoga readily available on the internet. You can also try handcrafting parts of your décor (dream catchers, for example) to add a more personal touch to your future yoga corner.
The opportunities are endless! Just let your imagination go wild. Here are 10 fresh ideas and product suggestions to get you started.
Green color is calming. Don’t trust me, trust the science!
Being near indoor plants and taking care of them is good for our emotional stability and mental health, according to this 2015 study.
No wonder. Our chaotic and busy lives rarely give us a chance to even go out and sit in the park to wind down. Besides, let’s not forget that not everyone is lucky enough to live in a sunny state with evergreen nature.
Making the placer you spend most of your life in greener is one of the best things you could do for yourself.
If green thumbs is a total opposite of you, the fake ones will do the work too (except, obviously, they won't make your air cleaner).
A beautiful full-sized mirror will not only look great in your home yoga space but can be super practical for beginners yogis. While I strongly agree that yoga is about how your body feels and not how it looks, I found practicing in front of the mirror very helpful at the start of my yoga journey.
If you find big mirrors distracting, go for a small decorative mirror that will turn a simple white wall into a pure bohemian haven.
Nothing adds to the ambiance of your late-night yoga practice as the dim light from the gorgeous lamp. And if you choose the one made of the Himalayan salt, they say you’ll sleep better and feel more energized thanks to naturally ionized air.
Candles help set the right mood for meditation and restorative yoga practice. And they look so romantic! Besides, you don’t need to worry about burning your things or your pet singing its tail with these safe flameless candles (yay to technology!).
Bringing some good old feng shui wisdom into your yoga space is always a good idea. Sage, incense sticks and essential oils – anything will work.
Not only will your home smell amazing, but they say that smudging and herbal cleansing helps purify it from negative energy, suppress anxiety, and support mental alertness.
Crystals and gemstones are widely used in the yoga community to control the energies, amplify your intention, protect and promote inner strength. Whether you believe in the healing powers of crystals or not, they look amazing as decorative elements in any yoga space.
Right words at the right moment can work wonders. Just when you drifted off into the la-la-land during your practice, a small piece of wall art can inspire you to breathe, believe in yourself, and focus on the flow. There are also tons of cheat sheets available for beginners who keep forgetting their moves.
Mandalas, macrame art, dream catchers – I would hang all of these in my yoga corner if I had enough room. I’m especially in love with the ethereal and soothing sound of wind chimes – a total must-have if you organize a yoga space outside or somewhere near the window.
Tapestries look stylish and are super versatile. You can hand them on walls, frame them, create a canopy, use them as bedspreads, beach towels, and picnic blankets. And it’s also the easiest and cheapest way to decorate a yoga space.
Small and delicate figurines will not only add a nice touch to your yoga corner but can make you smile and remind you to meditate.
What is your favorite piece of decor in your yoga corner? Share in the comments!