One of the best things you can do for your yoga practice is to create a yoga room at home. One room of your entirely dedicated to your practice.
Imagine it: Your own at-home yoga space. A divine abode where you can enjoy your workouts with no distractions. Somewhere where you won’t be reminded of those day to day things you have to do, where you’re not tripping up over the kid’s toys, somewhere just for you and yoga.
Personally, I need a space at home where I can do nothing but yoga and meditation. It gives me a way to escape, to chill, to unwind, you know?
So, let’s make it happen.
I previously showed you how to create a meditation room.
Today I am going to show you how to create a yoga room at home. That way, you will have the perfect space in which to start practising yoga at home.
Let’s get started.
How To Create A Yoga Room At Home
Choose the right room
Before you can create a home yoga space, you are going to need to decide which room of your house to put it in.
Which room should you use for yoga? Well, if you’re like me and you don’t exactly live in a mansion, this could be a stupidly easy choice. If you’ve only got one spare room, that’s where you’re yoga room is going to go.
But what if you’re one of the lucky people who have a handful of spare rooms. Which is the best spare room for yoga?
Well, here are a few things you’ll want to consider.
Create your home yoga space somewhere where there’s natural sunlight. After all, you want that vitamin D while you’re rocking your favourite asana.
Also, make sure it’s somewhere relatively quiet. You don’t want to hear the neighbours when you’re rocking your Warrior III. You probably don’t want to listen to the kids either, am I right?
Obviously make sure you actually have plenty of space for any pose you might want to rock.
Ask yourself whether you’re likely to commit this space to your practice, or are you just going to endup putting your yoga mat away to make space for other things?
Once you have chosen the right room for yoga, you will want to determine the overall mood you want for the room.
Also remember to clean the room before you start. Yoga Journal says, “Only include items that are functional or beautiful. Remove anything that doesn’t serve either the purpose or design of your space.”
Setting The Right Mood
How do you want to feel when you practice? Do you want to feel relaxed? Energised? Positive? Healed?
Whichever way you want to feel, you will want to match that feeling in the way you design your yoga room.
Here are some ways to do that:
Get the colour right. Research shows that colours affect the way we feel. So make sure you paint the room a colour that creates the right emotions. Use colour psychology to help you out [here’s a guide].
Incorporate artwork: Research shows that art does affect the way we feel. You can actually make your house produce positive emotions just by incorporating the right artwork. There are tons of great artworks available online [and offline to, if you prefer], so try to find some art that creates positive feelings of happiness, calm and energy.
Use shape: Different shapes create different emotions when we see them . You can make use of this in your furniture and other items in your yoga room at home. For instance, an armchair with soft curvature will make you feel more relaxed than a chair that uses all straight edges. So be sure to use furniture that evokes the right mood.
Accessories: Use accessories to create a specific mood in your home yoga-space. This is quick and easy. If, for instance, you just want a relaxing yoga room, dot some white flowers around the space. If you want your yoga room to be a creative space, include some chic furniture. You might like to use some recyclable yoga products to help the environment!
Inject Mother Nature Into It
One thing we yogis tend to agree on is the beauty of nature. And one of the best ways to make your yoga room at home is to incorporate nature into it.
There are myriad ways to do this. Personally, I love water features because they create a soothing energy in the room. Or you might like to use flowers.
These natural items, along with some sunlight through the window, will help make your yoga room feel natural, energising and relaxing. Precisely the type of room you want to workout in.
Gaia says, “Lighting should be calming and soft. A room with natural light energizes the body and mind, especially in winter.”
Furniture And Items
My guide to yoga and meditation furniture will help you pick the most important items for your home yoga space.
Inevitably there are certain items you’ll definitely want in your home yoga studio, especially if you are creating a space to become a yoga teacher. Ideas include:
- A good yogi chair [READ: Best yoga chairs to buy]
- Perhaps a screen to play Youtube video on, if you like to follow along to yoga instructors on Youtube.
- A way to play music
- Towels for when you sweat
Love Your Yogi Room!
Once you’ve created a yoga room at home, you’re going to want to love it and look after it. Let’s keep that special space clear of litter and make sure to keep it nice and tidy.
Over the months and years, your home yoga space is going to be filled with positive energy. It’s the space where you practise at home, where you sweat and let it all go. It’s your haven. So be sure to treat it with love and kindness.
Of course, you will want to keep it clean. But you could also do some smudging to release any negative energy, or you could include various items of your deities (such as a Buddha statue) to make it a more divine space. Whatever you do, make sure you create your yoga room with love, and tend to it with pride. That way, you will feel positive every time you practise yoga at home.