How To Create An At-Home Yoga Spot
Create a Sanctuary
I can’t tell you the amount of times that I’ve planned to go to a yoga class only to have something come up that caused me to miss the class.
Or, the amount of times I’ve been laying on my mat in shavasana at the end of my yoga class and wished that there was some way I could enjoy the relaxation of yoga right before I went to sleep every night.
So, I figured out how to make a relaxing yoga spot in my house, even when I didn’t have the space to dedicate an entire room to it.
Here are some simple tips for creating your own yoga or meditation spot in a pinch.
Pick a spot where you can be alone.
Completely alone. Don’t choose your living room if people will be walking in and out while you’re practicing. Choose a room with doors you can close.
Your bedroom, if there’s space, usually works well.
Clear away any clutter to create a clean, open space where your mind can rest — physical clutter can create mental clutter — and then unroll your yoga mat where you are most comfortable.
Set mood lighting
I love lighting a bunch of aromatherapeutic candles for my yoga or meditation sessions. It’s easy, inexpensive, and creates a wonderful atmosphere.
Turn off all the lights, close the curtains, and light several candles near your mat, perhaps on a table or a dresser nearby.
This will give your practice a relaxing glow that will create a serene ambiance for you to practice in.
Warm it up
Yoga is best done in warm, humid places, to help your muscles heat up so they can stretch without risk of being pulled.
Direct the heat in your home to the room you chose, or get a space heater and leave it on in the room for half an hour before you begin your practice.
You may also want to use a humidifier to make sure that the air is not dry — this is also helpful for preventing colds in the winter.
Use essential oils
Some humidifiers also double as aromatherapy diffusers, which is a huge bonus.
If you want your practice to be relaxing, lavender essential oil is a great relaxing agent and smells amazing.
Put some in an aromatherapy diffuser as well as on your wrists and neck to reap the calming benefits of aromatherapy while you practice.
Take advantage of technology
I personally don’t enjoy creating my own flow — sun salutations are where I draw the line. I prefer being instructed through a flow, letting my mind relax while my muscles take orders.
When I do at-home yoga, I link my phone to a Bluetooth speaker, and then use the app Down Dog to guide me through a practice.
They even have an option for a “lullaby” flow that lasts up to 20 minutes, in case you want a brief, meditative practice to ease you into a blissful sleep. There are also many guided meditation apps that you can use, from more western choices, like Headspace, to more eastern, spiritual choices, like Dharma Seed.
These will guide you through your practice so you can focus on your body instead of on creating your own regimen.
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