While we can’t practice together physically right now, we’re grateful to adapt and be able to connect with you through our regular, weekly Facebook Live schedule. Carving out an area at home for your yoga practice is especially important during this time. A peaceful and personalized space will enhance and elevate your practice. Last week we shared with you some pictures of the home studios our teachers have created in order to broadcast these live sessions remotely. This week, we’d like to offer the following 6 tips for customizing your own home yoga space. Have fun and get those creative juices flowing!
1. Find your spot
You don’t need a dedicated room or for your yoga spot to take over your living room or bedroom. Get creative and look for an area where you can roll out your yoga mat and have enough room to stretch out. What about an unused dormer, an alcove in the den or a corner of your guest room? If there’s really no room, can you push your coffee table aside for a quick practice or relocate to your front porch if the weather cooperates? Once you’ve found your spot, it’s important to declutter and then add some touches that make it your own.
2. Gather your props
If you’ve done any of our Facebook Live classes you’ve probably heard our instructors suggest using a book or a pillow if you don’t have a block, and a belt or a scarf if you don’t have a strap. Technically you don’t need anything but your body and a comfortable surface to get the most out of a home yoga practice, but if you do have blocks, straps, bolsters and eye pillows, by all means, gather them up and organize them in a basket or bin in your new space.
3. Add a scent
Scented candles, incense and aromatherapy are all great ways to add a welcoming scent to your yoga space. You’ll be surprised how a simple scent can calm your mind as you close your eyes and begin to focus on your breath.
4. Light it up
If you’re able, set the mood by dimming the lights or adding a strand of white string lights, maybe pull a curtain and set up a lantern. Filtering light and creating subtle softness and privacy are key for a peaceful home practice. Here’s your chance to get creative!
5. Make it your own
Bare walls can be transformed with simple hanging embellishments such as tapestries or beautiful fabrics. Layer up some throw rugs to add texture and warmth. Maybe relocate a plant from another room in your house or set up a simple altar with stones, seashells or trinkets that are special and grounding to you. A small table, shelf or tray is the perfect spot for these special objects. Take your time on this one, you may think of the perfect treasure to represent your intention after you’ve practiced in your space several times.
6. Instruction and music
Finally, be sure to bookmark or print out our weekly schedule of Facebook Live classes and carve out some time to attend these classes in your new space. Designate a spot to set up your phone, computer or iPad so you can listen, watch and follow along with the instructor. Some of our teachers may provide you with a playlist to queue up at home, don’t forget to add a bluetooth speaker to your yoga sanctuary.
Nothing compares to the energy of practicing together in person, but given our current situation, we’re so happy to be able to connect this way and are grateful to be welcomed into your homes each day. Keep sending those comments and likes as we flow, and be sure you reach out to our teachers before or after class, we’re all open to requests and welcome your feedback. Most importantly, send us pictures of your newly beautified yoga space!