What are the best plants for meditation rooms and yoga studios at home?
Whether you are creating a home meditation room or your own yoga studio, one thing to consider is flora.
There are many excellent plants for meditation and yoga spaces. And they can work wonders for your studio.
As a meditation teacher and a professional who helps yoga teachers and meditation teachers with their set-ups, I’m always intrigued to see which specific herbs and flowers people will use in their yoga spaces and meditation spaces.
There are many benefits of incorporating plants into yoga and meditation spaces. Take a look at the list below, and for more ideas on home decor be sure to read my guide to making your home Zen.
Benefits of plants for meditation and yoga
You might also like to read my guide to the best meditation herbs.
Plants purify the air: Ultimately, we practice yoga and meditation for health. And one of the most important aspects of good health is good air quality. Trees, flowers, and shrubs improve the air quality in your yoga studio and meditation room. Plants can also improve your cardio because of improved air quality.
Beauty: I’m sure you love nature as I do. And I’m sure you want to make your meditation space or yoga studio a source of natural beauty. One of the best ways to do that is with some flowers and plants. Yoga and meditation spaces should be beautiful and should make you feel positive. What better way to achieve that than with vegetation?
Meditating on plants: You can actually meditate on plants (see below). This is a wonderful practice that is relaxing and uplifting. And of course, you need some plants to do it.
For yoga, plants remind us of balance and form: Yoga is all about balance. It is about learning and appreciating the natural form of the human body. One way to remind yourself to be conscious of form is by placing some beautiful plants in the yoga studio. Whenever I see plants I remind myself of how complex and beautiful natural forms are, including my own body. That boosts my appreciation for my body, which inspires me to make healthier choices.
Students expect it: If you are a professional instructor in yoga or meditation, plants should be in your studio because it makes the space look more attractive for your students.
Clearly there are lots of benefits of plants for meditation and yoga. Let’s take a look at the best ones.
Best Plants For Meditation Rooms / Plants For Yoga Studios
This cute little plant with the funny name comes from southern Mexico and is just adorable. If you’re like me and love cute stuff, you won’t be able to resist cuddling its fat little leaves but do be careful as it is fragile. This fella is super stylish too. It has a pale colour and a matte finish. Put it in a hanging basket on the wall. Lovely. It’s happiest in low-level light.
Swiss Cheese Plant
This plant looks beautiful. You remember when I mentioned how the best meditation plants and yoga plants make us appreciate form and beauty? Well, this does precisely that. It has heart-shaped leaves with holes in it. The leaves are large and glossy and look just beautiful.
I love this plant’s unique look. It has fishtail-shaped leaves and grows upwards and outwards. It gives an awesome shadow on the wall too, which looks like a palm tree and makes me feel like I’m somewhere exotic. It grows slowly so it’s quite manageable too. And it doesn’t need much attention, just the occasional water and fertilise.
This plant is a good fortune symbol. What I love about Lucky Bamboo is that you can actually train it to grow into interesting shapes. It also doesn’t need any soil and can grow in just a few centimetres of water, which for me reminds me of the beauty of the simple life. Oh, and it is super easy to look after.
Crassula Ovata / Jade plant
Crassula Ovata, which is also called a money tree or friendship tree, is one of the best plants for meditation spaces because they represent strength. Their glossy leaves store water and the trunk grows thick and strong, which reminds me to stay grounded. They like being in the sunshine and do require regular watering.
Sansevieria- Snake Plant
Sansevieria is a flowering plant from central Africa. One of the best things about it is that it is very easy to care for and not too demanding of your TLC (although I like to show it lots of love anyway). What makes it one of the best plants for meditation spaces and yoga studios is that it removes toxins from the air and provides a ton of oxygen at night. It grows upwards, not outwards, so it won’t take up too much space either.
How To Meditate On Plants And Flowers
Not only do plants and flowers look beautiful, but we can also meditate on them.
I personally love meditating on plants and flowers. It reminds me to stay connected to my true nature. It also connects me to the divinity of mother Earth. And it makes me appreciate the beauty of the world.
The type of meditation you want to do to meditate on a plant is called Samatha.
Samatha is a type of meditation in which we focus on one object, and we essentially merge our consciousness with that object. So in effect, you will be becoming one with the plant you are meditating on.
Here’s how to do it.
- Find your chosen plant and sit in front of it in a comfortable way.
- Take a few deep breaths to relax
- Focus on your plant. Observe its form. Mindfully investigate it, paying attention to its shape, colours, aroma, and any other features about it.
- Now aim to make your mind one with the plant. Focus on it and feel your mind settling on the plant. You will notice thoughts and feelings arising, but let them subside. You are one with the plant.
- You will find that this quiets your mind and produces a profound sense of inner peace. Express gratitude for that inner peace.
- Wish your plant a healthy life and express gratitude for the plant.
Don’t you just love plants?!
There are so many good reasons to incorporate plants into meditation space and yoga studio. Not only do they look beautiful but they purify the air and remind us to be one with nature. You can even meditate on them too for added benefits.
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