Yoga studios are great places for practicing yoga. They offer you the peace and quiet you need to focus on the exercises and your own thoughts. However, for most of us, going to a yoga studio regularly is next to impossible. Too many things get in our way daily. So, instead of giving up on yoga, the best thing to do would be creating a yoga studio in your own home. If this is something you are willing to consider, here are some good ways to turn a piece of your home into the perfect spot for practicing yoga.
Choosing the most adequate space
The first thing you should do is find the best possible space in your home to set up your yoga studio. If you have a spare room, that’s great, but if not, don’t despair. A patio or a garage will do just fine. However, if your home isn’t that big and you simply don’t have a room for this purpose alone, you can use just a part of one of your rooms. A corner of your bedroom or living room will be fine if there’s enough space for you to place your mat and stretch out in all directions, including upwards, without hitting something. Other than having enough room to move, the place should have plenty of natural light and a few lighting fixtures. Dimmed lights would be great, since they would allow you to turn them low when you want to meditate or make the room brighter to be in accordance with your mood.
Arranging the space
Once you’ve chosen the perfect space, you need to make some adjustments to it, so that it becomes the home yoga studio you’ve envisioned. This includes several things. For example, you might make some changes to the flooring. In case you have a hardwood floor, which can maintain warmth and isn’t hard on your knees, a yoga mat will be enough. However, if your floor is concrete, you might want to place a flat rug between the floor and the mat, or even several mats, to protect your knees and to avoid feeling cold. If your carpet is too soft, it might influence your stability, so place a wooden plank between it and your mat to stay on the safe side. Other than the flooring, you need the space to be properly ventilated, since any type of physical activity will make you breathe more deeply and faster. It would be wise to invest in the best HEPA air purifier you can find to clean the air of allergens, dust, bacteria or pollen. Also, make sure that you remove any large pieces of furniture around the space you’ve chosen, to avoid bumping into something and being injured.
Decorating the space
When you take care of the basics, you should consider decorating your home yoga studio. Start with decluttering and getting rid of anything that you won’t use. The purpose of this is removing any distractions and creating more space to move and breathe. Minimalist style is what you’re aiming for, so choose plain white for your walls. Make sure the paint you use is non-toxic and eco-friendly, so that you’re as kind to the environment as you are to yourself. As far as accessories go, some scented candles or discreet incense will make you feel more comfortable, but don’t overdo it, since you don’t want to lose focus. You only need a few things in your yoga-space, mostly yoga equipment. You’ll need a mat, obviously, but you might also get some pillows, foam block and bolsters, as well as a strap to help you with some of the more complicated postures. A small shelf to place these things, as well as perhaps a candle or a potted plant will be more than enough furniture for your lovely home studio.
There are many ways your mind and body can benefit from practicing yoga. That’s why creating a home yoga studio and having a place to do yoga whenever you want to can only do your physical and mental health well. So, do what’s good for you and find joy and serenity within you in the comfort of your own home.