8 Steps To Create Your Own Yoga Space at Home
Life in our modern society can often become very erratic, stressful and hectic. This makes it increasingly difficult to find tranquility and relaxation in our lives.
One of the few options we have left is to create a peaceful yoga space or meditation haven in the comfort of our own homes.
- If you are looking for some extra inspiration for actual yoga stretches to include into your practice, then check out this article or this article. Both include a downloadable yoga routine you can print out and follow.
But what does zen actually mean? In Japanese, Zen refers to meditation.
In interior design, it reflects balance, harmony and relaxation. Although zen does not come with a strict book of rules, it is often associated with Feng Shui and minimalism.
Rather, it is a way of arranging our home spaces to create an atmosphere that offsets the stress and hassle of our daily routine. Check out the previous article discussing the health benefits of Zen home decor.
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The 8 home yoga studio furnishing ideas to help inspire your practice
Fancy achieving zen and tranquility in your own home yoga studio? Consider these 8 simple steps to turn your yoga home totally zen.
Home Yoga Studio Tip 1: Choose soft and earthy colours
A zen inspired home yoga studio is all about natural tones and soft colours such as white, grey, shades of beige or pink beige, which all have the power to induce a sense of calmness and relaxation.
Often in our fast-paced, low-touch society we feel scattered and disconnected. Therefore, by being aware of the earth energy during our yoga practice, we learn how infusing our lives with the earth elements makes us feel grounded, centered, connected with our bodies, and fully present.
Visual harmony between various elements is vital, as well as a sense of space and free-flow between floors, walls and furniture. Parquet is always a safe choice for a yoga home, especially in white, grey or any light colour, as well as using large wooden flooring. Resin floor finishing can also be extremely comfortable for a modern or loft atmosphere in your home yoga studio.
However, if you feel attached to using wool carpets around your home, then why not add wool rugs to the wooden floor instead? Wool rugs are less maintenance and provide a real sense of comfort and provides the opportunity to refine your zen décor by reinforcing the cocooning sensation of the room by associating several rugs made of eco-friendly wool or pure cotton. Again, pay attention that the rugs’ colour matches the wooden floor or stay in the range of khaki and grey.
Home Yoga Studio Tip 2: Go for soft and natural light
Soft and natural lighting really helps to set the delicate, airy and tranquil vibe of your yoga home. Replace harsh florescent lights with calming, nature-inspired light or candle lights. Place different sources of light which will allow you to control the intensity and the areas to be lit up. Wall-mounted lights are very practical and provide a minimalist simple style. Avoid projecting a strong direct light from the ceiling and take advantage of all possibilities to mix a floor lamp, a table lamp set and indirect light from windows. If you prefer diffused light, you may opt for a beautiful moon lamp or Himalayan salt lamp.
Recommended earth-element products for your home yoga studio:
Himalayan salt lamp
It is very important that you welcome into your life and yoga space any accessory that boosts your overall wellbeing and helps to keep your mind relaxed so that you can easily meditate. The Himalayan salt lamp helps keep the internal environment of your room calm with its beautiful soft lighting.
Again, the moon lamp will create a beautiful and serene aura in any room. The soft lighting is gentle on the eyes and helps to relax your mood -perfect for a meditation or yoga space!
Home Yoga Studio Tip 3: Select lightweight and organic fabrics
For your yoga home, you should select light, airy and natural fabrics. Picture the Northern Ibiza or Ubud, Bali vibe. See-through curtains that gently drape and flow in the breeze are essential elements to create your zen-like home yoga studio. What’s more, they provide a beautiful sensation of intimacy, while reducing noise and blocking air draughts. If you require the natural lighting to be more modulated, go for ambient light-coloured wooden blinds in addition.
I also recommend natural textiles, such as linen, wool or bunting wool, to furnish your yoga home. Make sure you match the colours with the rest of the room. Choose chunky woollen throws and soft coloured cushions to provide a cosy and classy feel. These will come in extremely useful for restorative yin yoga practice at your newly decorated home yoga studio.
Home Yoga Studio Tip 4: Choose mindful yoga equipment
Yoga equipment made from eco-friendly and sustainable cork is healthy for both your body and the environment. Cork is organically anti-bacterial providing a perfectly clean and healthy surface for your yoga practice every time, even while you sweat. The grip of cork increases as you sweat helping you to progress in your practice rather than slip around.
It is important to be mindful when choosing products for the home so that we can help preserve the Earth for future generations to come.
Home Yoga Studio Tip 5: Keep furniture simple and natural
Zen style furniture is characterised by simple and clear lines, avoiding complicated detail and excess ornamentation. The furniture should be high quality and made of natural materials as these bring a sense of warmth and relaxation. Storage pieces such as bed side tables, wardrobes, and chests of drawers, may be brought to life if painted in earthy and calm colours matching the rest of the interior. As the bedroom is usually the key room of a zen interior, it is recommended that you follow FengShui tips to ensure you can create absolute zen in your bedroom;
- Place the bed close to a source of natural light and avoid placing it in front of the door or a passage area. Additionally, pick upholstered headboards in either leather or patchwork. Also, the height of the bed must be one you feel comfortable with, but bare in mind, beds higher than 55 cm usually accentuate the sensation of comfort.
Home Yoga Studio Tip 6: Awareness of sound elements
Sound to a very large extent can help define a person’s mood. It has a very powerful effect on our feelings and emotions which we experience for a very long time after listening. What’s more, the body reacts to a wide variety of all kinds of sounds, differently.
Firstly, a Tibetan singing bowl with mat is one of the most relaxing and therapeutic assessor for meditation. The beautiful sound it produces will take you to that place of calmness and happiness. This bowl produces a somewhat low frequency sound that will go deep into the core of the body providing the much needed relieve from stress. The bowl can be used to treat pain, stress disorder, depression and so on forth. It is mostly used for yoga.
Additionally, a Feng Shui brass gong will take you to a high state of meditation where all that is required of you is to just let go of yourself and listen. It is considered by many as the optimum tool for healing with sound. Another thing that made this instrument so important is that it produces the broadest range of tones than any other meditation instrument and when it is well played, it will touch even the minutest cell in the body. Without doubt, the Feng Shui brass gong is a must have meditative instrument for you.
Home Yoga Studio Tip 7: Aromas and healthy air
Burning sage sticks and adding himalayan salt lamps and plants to your room will help to clean and purify the air of supressing positive ions, making the space feel uplifting and fresh.
The room can then be enhanced with fresh scents such as homemade natural and organic linen sprays, soy or beeswax candles, and using essential oils.
In particular, essential oils help to stimulate the nervous system to achieve a desired affect, whether that is to calm the mind before relaxation and sleep or to invigorate the body for an energetic practice.
Over the years there has been a huge increase of people using these healthy plant-based oils to fragrance their home, instead of using harsh and harmful chemicals. Essential oils are extracted from plants into a concentrate to provide organic aromas. Although the holistic use of essential oils has been around for thousand of years, it is only until recently that the use of essential oils as part of a healthy lifestyle has come back to light.
- Lavender essential oils will aid sleep and relaxation, and is especially beneficial and safe during pregnancy
- Mint essential oils can help to reduce headaches by placing the essential oil directly on to the forehead. This can be applied using a crystal essential oil roller to reap even more benefits
- Citronella and eucalyptus essential oils can be effective as insect repellent
- Ylang Ylang and clary sage essential oils can help people struggling with stress and anxiety, and are often used during therapies
For the best results, essential oils should be heated up properly to allow them to vaporise and release their beautiful aromas into your home.
There are now electric burners, which use a bulb to heat up the essential oils making it a much safer option to use than a candle based burner.
Home Yoga Studio Tip 8: Spiritual wellness ornaments
It is important to keep ornaments to a minimum. Choose items that have purpose in your life. For example, if you would like a beautiful ornament to create healthy air, choose a Himalayan salt lamp. Or if you would like to burn particular essential oils, such as lavender oil before bed time to aid in your sleep, choose an oil burner ornament.
For wall decorations there is the same word of order: simplicity. Avoid collections of wall hangings or photos and keep only those that are especially dear to you. For example, you could choose a handmade wall tapestry to remind you of a certain place you have travelled to. Or perhaps you would like a macrame plant hanger to display your most prized plants.