10 Ways to Create a Zensual Yoga Space at Home

Carving out a physical and mental space for your yoga practice at home can be tricky. With all the homely duties and distractions around, it can be hard to let go and get in the zone. I know that’s my challenge at home. With the cat running around, the city street construction, my phone ringing, the amateur band screaming like cats downstairs, and my email/social media outlets tempting me, my focus, understandably, wavers. Here are some tips to create a quiet, spacious realm devoid of noise, clutter, and interference at home.

  1. Escape to the Bedroom Grab your laptop and your yoga mat and head to the bedroom. It’s quiet. It’s private. It’s intimate. It’s the perfect place to get down with your online yoga practice.
  2. De-Clutter Your Practice Space Physical clutter is distracting. Tidy up before your practice so you aren’t making a mental list of cleaning tasks.
  3. Make the Basement an Oasis My Grandpa scarred basement experiences for me. As a child, he convinced me that Horris, an evil monster, haunted the basement. I think I’m still convinced. That being said, I’m not particularly fond of this option, but if you have a spacious, quiet basement conducive to your yoga practice, join Horris.
  4. Head Outdoors Weather permitting, set up your mat in your garden or on the green. Get some fresh air and a solid dose of Vitamin D.
  5. Put the Animals in Another Space We all love our furry friends, but they have this endearing way of sneaking up on us when we are actually trying to do something productive. Put them in another room with some treats and toys.
  6. Silence Your Phone I know it’s tempting to have it around, but this is your time.
  7. Set the Mood I like to make it real nice for myself. I burn some candles or incense. I dim the lights. I tune into Pandora’s Zensual station. Make your space inviting.
  8. Convert the Spare Room to a Studio/Meditation Room If I had a spare room, I’d jump all over this option. I’d do it up with some light yellow walls, hardwood floors, nature photography, a striking temple, meditation pillows, props galore, etc. One day...
  9. Practice on the Patio or Deck Practicing on the deck, especially at sunrise or sunset, is totally elating.
  10. Create a Temple I don’t mean you have to erect a statue of the Buddha in your house. You can, if you want, though. By temple, I mean a little place to practice in front of complete with inspiring pictures of people and places, little trinkets that you like, decorative items, etc.

When it comes to your yoga at home practice, create an experience for yourself. Sure, sometimes we only have time to unroll our mat and get to it. Reserving a little extra time, though, to create a zensual space can make a world of difference for your practice.

Make it real nice for yourself.

~TJ

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