How to create an at-home yoga space
Looking to create your own sacred at-home yoga space?
With yoga studios all over the globe closing their doors during the pandemic, many of us have delved deeper into self-practice at home. It doesn’t matter whether you’re brand new to yoga or a seasoned veteran; we all need a place to practice.
Your yoga space should be a place that you’re eager to approach, engages your senses, and relaxes your mind. Here we explain a few easy ways to make your at-home yoga space more inviting to support your personal practice.
How to create your at-home yoga space
Choose your location
Find a place where you can practice undisturbed as much as possible. If you have young children, it can be hard to maintain a sense of privacy, but do what you can to designate a spot that meets your needs.
Consider the levels of noise, lighting, and whether or not your space allows you to engage with nature. Large windows with natural light are ideal, but if this isn't an option, think about how you can create a soft and inviting space. Candles and salt lamps can work wonders!
The primary purpose of enhancing your at-home yoga space is to have an area that feels safe and inviting. A spot that feels like yours and inspires you to keep trying and growing in your practice.
Show the area to your family and ask them to honour the space and not disturb it. Explain its significance to them and ask them to treat it with respect and not disturb you while practising.
Remember that it's important not to let your lack of a perfect space keep you from yoga. You can practice yoga in the middle of a busy airport, or on a concrete floor in a tiny motel room. The most important thing is that you continue your self-practice.
Now that you've chosen your location, it’s time to organise it and clear away any clutter. The fewer distractions you have, the better you'll be able to focus on your practice.
While you’re at it, give your space a good clean. Try where you can to use natural cleaning products that are eco-friendly. Using your favourite scents can also help to make your at-home yoga space more inviting.
Engage your senses
When setting up your at-home yoga space, consider ways that you can awaken your senses.
Start with your hearing. How can you reduce unwanted noise and create an area to listen to soft music or nature sounds? Or perhaps you prefer silence. Do what works for you.
Next, think about what you’ll see as you practice. Can you add some lovely house plants for greenery or hang a pretty tapestry on the wall? Maybe you can even paint the room to be a softer, more calming colour. Do you need to adjust the lighting or add window shades?
Finally, think about what you might smell during your yoga practice. Lighting candles with a natural scent, like sandalwood or lavender, can be a gorgeous addition to your at-home yoga space. Alternatively, you might prefer to use incense or an essential oil diffuser.
Think about your props
Having your yoga props to hand will make your practice seamless. Look around your house and gather up the items you need, so that they're always ready for you in your at-home yoga space.
Your yoga mat
A couple of standard yoga blocks (books can also work well)
A strap that can be adjusted in length and made into a loop
Bolster or cushion
Blankets (for savasana or extra cushioning)
A good sturdy chair that you can easily move around and use during balancing poses
Create an altar
Regardless of your religion or spiritual beliefs, having an altar area containing personal items that motivate and inspire you may help to enhance your practice. Choose little things that remind you why you come to your mat.
A simple way to create an altar is to place a small tablecloth or piece of fabric close to your mat. Set your items on top of it. These items may be a couple of photographs of loved ones, some seashells from a vacation, or some crystals that provide healing energy. Whichever items are personal to you.
The altar is also a great place to set your candles or diffuser.