With the chaos of everyday life, we often feel we need to
get to the studio to find some Zen. It is possible, though, to practice yoga at
home, regularly. Very possible, and it all starts with creating your personal yoga
space. Think of your favourite yoga studio. What makes it great? Today I’m
going to let you in on some tricks of the trade and show you, 7 ways to create
the perfect yoga space in your own home.
Location, location, location.
As a realtor will tell you, it’s
all about location. This rings true for your Zen space too. If you can allocate
a small bedroom, or study to a yoga room, terrific, do that. However, if you
don’t have the extra room, then choose a spot in your home that is quiet, away
from the kitchen and any other room which gets a lot of traffic. Try to choose
a space with enough room to not feel crowded, and which you can place a few
objects in. A quiet guest room, a study, or even an area of your bedroom can
Fill it with stuff you love.
Once your area is found, it’s
time to style it your way. Don’t get bogged down with what you think a yoga space should resemble, but
instead fill your space with things that make you feel calm, happy, relaxed and
tranquil. Remember, when styling a room, less is often more. Leave enough space
for things you may find or be given in the future, objects that will find a way
into your heart. Don’t forget your mat, block and strap and any other yoga
accessories you use. Some people prefer a small mirror to check technique, but
others do not want to be seen, keep with what makes you feel comfortable. A
soft light and a place to play some gentle music is always good.
Set your Drishti.
Don’t forget when styling your
space to have your mat in the middle of the room, and a Drishti, a focal point,
or two, surrounding you. Often we can use a speck on the floor, or the foot of
the yogi in front of us to bring our gaze and concentration into focus. Maybe
it’s about positioning an item in view, hanging a photo on the wall, or just
being in your space and seeing if you feel balanced enough in it. Sometimes we
can fill a room too much, and then our Drishti is actually harder to find.
Pick your aroma.
Part of grounding yourself is
noticing what you can smell around you. Picking a scent to infuse your yoga
space is just as important as brushing your teeth each morning. Depending on
where you’ve chosen your space at home, you may be confronted with some smells
that could pull you out of your mindful practice. Take some time to get to know
your essential oils, or pick a favourite relaxing candle, that you can fill
your space with. Just be careful not to over scent!
Open a window.
If you are lucky enough to have
your space near a window or door, crack it open. Listen to the birds, let the
fresh air move through your space, refresh your surroundings. Perhaps you have
created your space outside; get some sunlight on your face, feel the warm
breeze on your skin. Nature is our mother and we need her every day. The sounds
of nature are regularly used in meditations and Zen music, because of the
relaxing effect they have on the body. If you find the noises where you live
too distracting though, shut that window.
Green it up.
Particularly if your space is
away from nature, fill this area with lots of green – green plants that is. A
cactus, a roaming vine, a falling petal, or perhaps some succulents. Plants
remind us of nature and life and they carry with them a relaxing essence.
Set the sound.
Whether it’s listening to a
gentle drum beat on your iTunes, or following a guided meditation, it is
important not to forget the sound. You’ll need a power point for chargers or
your Bluetooth speaker nearby. With all the positions you can get into with
yoga, headphones aren’t the best option.
Now that you know how to create your perfect space, go on and
create a really gentle place to start your home yoga practice. Be open to the
things you cannot avoid when practicing at home; your little ones joining you,
a knock at the door, the people you live with being around you. Take a deep
breath and find your home Zen.