How to Set Up Your Home Yoga Space
In between mind and body benefiting yoga retreats and professionally taught classes, most people wish to continue their yoga practice at home. However, you may be feeling that you aren’t getting the same benefits out of it as you do when you’re away. Maybe you are struggling to get into a meditative mind state or just can’t concentrate. This may be because you haven’t created a space conducive to good yoga practice. Here are some quick hints and tips for organizing your home yoga environment.
It might be unreasonable to have one room entirely dedicated to yoga, but be selective on the room you choose to use. This room should be kept free of clutter, so that when the time to do yoga arrives, you can remove any unnecessary items and allow your mind to properly focus.
The items in your yoga space should be either functional or beautiful. Clutter distracts the mind, always bringing attention away from the breathing. This is a tip you can take outside of the yoga room into your everyday life, but yoga more than anything requires clarity and concentration.
The beautiful interior design element can’t be overlooked. Rather than keeping your yoga mats in a cheap flat pack cupboard, search charity shops for an antique chest. Use decorations with religious or spiritual symbols to help you form a deeper connection and act as a focal point.
Color and Lighting
You may be unaware of just how powerful the colors you surround yourself with can be on your mood. Light pastel colored walls have been so strongly linked to lowering blood pressure and creating feelings of tranquility that European prisons have started painting cells pink to discourage violent behavior.
You should also pick a room which benefits from a lot of natural sunlight. During your morning yoga routine, the sun will naturally boost mood and energy. During the evening, replace the harshness of electric lights for the soft, natural glow of soy candles. Unlike other candles, this is safe to breathe and won’t reduce air quality.
Performing yoga to your best when not on a retreat requires some attention to detail. You need a space free of distractions, including clutter. Create a room that is beautiful, filled with natural lights and colors to aid relaxation and concentration.