How to Create the Perfect Yoga Space In Your Home
Stepping inside a yoga studio brings a sense of calm and relaxation. These spaces are meant to infuse your world with peace, allowing you to fully focus on your yoga practice. While finding time to head to a studio allows you to share your training with other like-minded individuals, yoga is particularly appealing to many because you can practice it anywhere.
Whether you don’t have time and money to invest in a studio, or you simply want to do yoga whenever you feel like it, creating a yoga space in your home allows you to reap the benefits of yoga at any time—morning, afternoon, or night.
If you want to unlock your full potential, creating a space specifically dedicated to your exercise is essential, and it all starts with where.
Choose a Space
First and foremost, building the perfect yoga space in your home requires choosing the right space. You want an environment that’s calm and out of the way. If you choose something in the center of your house, your yoga will always be interrupted by the needs of your family and other outside distractions. Instead, choose a space that feels like a hideaway. If you have a spare room, lucky you! You can build the yoga hideaway of your dreams. However, even if you’re working with a strip of floor just big enough for your yoga mat, you can still create a peaceful yoga den.
Whichever space you choose, make sure that it provides comfort and relaxation. This area should be calm and quiet so you can really pay attention to your practice. Once you find a space that fulfills those needs, you’re ready to build a yoga sanctuary worthy of any true yogi.
Yoga requires focus. More than anything else, yoga demands that you let go of the things around you and focus on what’s right in front of you. One way to create a space where you can really focus is to get rid of all the distractions.
To the best of your ability, try to declutter your yoga space. Leave only what absolutely has to stay. Not only does this give you a blank canvas to decorate in a way that complements this activity, it also allows you to rid your new yoga den of items that may sidetrack your practice.
Add Simple Decorations
You’ve decluttered your space and removed all unnecessary items—now it’s time to fill it with things that enhance your experience. When creating this special area, you must remember to decorate with intention. Choose only the things that elicit a response in you. In other words, don’t fill the space with meaningless fluff—find decorations that truly speak to you.
Your decor can be as simple or complicated as you would like. A few fresh flowers or low maintenance plants might be enough to give your space the feeling you want. On the other hand, a large tapestry, decorative stones, crystals, and plenty of candles may be exactly what you need. Most importantly, your decorations should feel cohesive. They should keep your mind clear and free of distractions, whatever that might look like to you.
Have Your Yoga Tools On-Hand
What does a yoga space require? All your yoga tools, obviously. Your space should have everything you need to take full advantage of your practice within arm’s reach. That way you can pull out your mat, blocks, and strap and dive right into your training. Of course, once you’re done with those things, you’ll want to put them away. A small basket or a few aesthetically pleasing storage containers are the perfect choice for any at-home yoga studio. It keeps all your tools organized when you don’t need them, but allows easy access when you’re ready to start.
Create Mood Lighting
Yoga should be a relaxing and calming element of your day. Harsh lights detract from the peace you’re feeling inside. While it may be impossible to control the light within your at-home yoga space, creating a little mood lighting can lend to the overall appeal of your yoga den.
If you’re able, choose a space where you have control over the light. Then, add gentle lamps or candles that lend brightness to the space without overpowering your senses. You could even use light dimmers, allowing you full control over the light in your yoga space at any time. Mood lighting isn’t essential for an effective yoga practice, but it can help to create a space in your home that automatically calms you, allowing you to take full advantage of your yoga den.
Add Some Scent
Essential oils have gained some prominence in the past few years for their ability to trigger certain physiological responses in the body. Some scents calm anxiety, reduce stress, and some even help you sleep. Within your yoga studio, essential oils can supplement your practice and help you achieve your goals.
Adding an essential oil diffuser to your space enhances your yoga den with little effort. Once you have your diffuser, you can choose a scent that most closely aligns with the mood of your practice. If you’re doing some quick yoga before bed, a lavender scent is known to calm the body and reduce stress. If you want a morning practice that leaves you clear-headed and ready to face the day, peppermint can sharpen your focus and enhance your mental clarity. By infusing your yoga space with essential oils, you embrace a holistic approach to your fitness that feeds both your body and your mind.
Tess DiNapoli is an artist, freelance writer, and content strategist. She has a passion for yoga and often writes about health and wellness, but also enjoys covering the fashion industry and world of fitness.