At some point you may become interested in creating a yoga sanctuary at home. Making physical space for your yoga sanctuary can have a profound effect on your life. With a yoga room of your own, an hour to practice means you can spend the whole hour actually practicing. You won’t be skipping class because there’s no time to get to the studio or spending time rearranging furniture in order to have space to roll out your mat.
A designated yoga area can also help you cultivate awareness; as you practice in the same spot day after day, you will begin to notice how the light shifts in different seasons, how your body feels on different days, how your mind greets the same space with new thoughts. With this new awareness and privacy, you may even discover the freedom to evolve and become your own best yoga teacher.
Any Space Will Do
Not everyone has an extra room, but, really, any space will do. Big or small doesn’t matter.
Whether you are working with a space slightly larger than a yoga mat or the most expansive room in your house, take a thoughtful approach to decorating. You might put your mat in front of a window or create an altar to anchor your eye as well as your mind and soften the area with meditation pillows and fresh flowers. You might decorate the wall with pictures of postures that inspire you.
Design for Yourself
Take a look around your home to see if you can use what’s already there. You might find a shelf for a few yoga or inspirational books. Maybe there’s an unused basket stored in the garage that can hold your props. Be inventive with repurposing: You can cut down the legs on an old console table to hold candles and inspiring artwork. It’s your space. Give the room all the tools that will serve you for what you want to do in it.