Doing yoga at home is a great way to continue or enhance your practice beyond studio classes. Pragmatically, a home yoga practice could help you save money, time and effort especially if you want to practice more frequently than your funds allow, free yourself from a class schedule and have more space to yourself.
Do not forget the physical and spiritual benefits of yoga staying healthy, feeling serene and nourished all in the comfort of your own home. Thus, designing a yoga space in your own home can inspire and motivate you to be consistent with your routine.
1. Natural Lighting
One of the prerequisites of designing your yoga space/room is to look for a space that has abundant daylight flowing in. Yoga is like meditation; it unwinds and awakens your senses and works the best amid natural surroundings.
Imagine performing the sun salutation inside a closed space/room lit with bright lights; wouldn’t it just take away the basic essence of the practice ? Therefore, choose a room where there is no shortage of natural light and begin your yoga practice with the sun overseeing you and the chirping of birds calming your mind..!
2. Keep it Uncluttered
The rest of your house could be filled with articles and pieces of your choice, but the yoga room has to be as simple and uncluttered as possible. Go minimal and only bring in the things that serve your purpose of practicing yoga. The idea is to help you focus better by removing any unwanted distractions.
Placing houseplants is a fantastic interior design tip to incorporate in your yoga room, for they help relieve stress and improves the mood. You can also opt for an oil-diffuser to disseminate a pleasing aroma across the yoga room.
3. Choose Calm Colours
Keep the dark grey, bright reds or yellows for the other rooms, and as far as the yoga room is concerned, opt for warm and neutral shades. Yoga helps to center one’s inner self, and by choosing calm colors, like shades of white, you are further facilitating that cause.
While we are at it, make sure the paint is eco-friendly and non-toxic, as you would not want to breathe in toxins in the air while doing your breathing exercises.
Going minimal does not mean going vacant. Choose to accessorize your yoga room with inviting decor pieces that give a feng shui like feel to space. A calming Buddha statue or perhaps a big painting depicting the yoga put up on the wall will elevate your space manifolds.
As mentioned above, plants and aromatherapy also help enrichen your yoga experience. Additionally, you can include a full-length mirror to help you correct your poses, for yoga is not about bending or moving per the instructions, but practicing and perfecting each pose with diligence and patience. The mirrors would also help you check your alignment and postures.
5. Wall Decor
Just as it is advised to go sparse on physical items, which can unnecessarily clutter the yoga room, it is also suggested to opt for attractive wall decor which will give you some early morning yoga inspiration.
Spruce up your home yoga space/room with the pictures of popular yoga poses which will help lift the space aesthetically. Wall decals are a great way to create a statement and use up the wall space effectively.
6. Wall Storage
Another productive way to utilize a bare wall space is to use the same for storage purposes. Various yoga accessories such as large yoga mats, blocks, cushions, etc., need a place to be stored and this can be sufficed with 24-inch deep cabinets.
Also, if you wish to play television to watch and do yoga, soothing and restorative music in the background while doing yoga, you need to plan a section for the speakers or a screen, too.
Wood is a great natural material that can be extensively used in the yoga room. Warm tones of woodwork wonders in a yoga studio setting. They are welcoming in nature, and, also, completely reflect the light.
Hardwood, bamboo, or cork flooring will essentially bring in the perfect yoga vibes in your home yoga space. Avoid vinyl, carpet, marble and concrete surfaces. For padding, use a yoga mat.
Perfumes awaken our attention and associate with feelings in our brain, which determines how we think about certain places. An essential oil diffuser is a must.
Choose your essential oil combinations based on the mood you seek to invoke, for example, cedar and rosemary are grounding whereas lemon is refreshing and rose is confident and strong.