The beauty of yoga is that it can be practised anywhere, from the comfort of your home, outside in Mother Nature, or in a room full of people.
The options are endless.
But not all the time is possible to go in the studio, or the conditions are not favourable to practice in nature, that’s why practising at home can often be the solution.
Wake up. Walk to the toilet. Do your business. Have some water. Step on your yoga mat. And flow!
Sounds simple enough, right?
Well...not really, because actually, having a consistent daily practice can be quite challenging and problem with practising yoga at home, is that the mind loves to make up excuses and life can get in the way, from ignoring the early alarm sound, to get too comfortable in the sofa or just all the household stuff to do.
To get over yourself, check my tips on How to Cultivate a Consistent Yoga Practice at Home
Practising yoga every day can be challenging but can also be incredibly simple. And when practised in the sacred space of your home, then the magic starts to happen.
So what do you need to create that inspiring sacred space? First of all, you need to decide where:
Choose a room or area in your home that’s free of distractions
A room with a lot of natural light
If can’t dedicate a room, beside your bed is enough
A flat surface is key for balancing postures and to root down into the Earth
Outdoors is also a great option
Or anywhere that lights your inner fire and inspires you to step on the mat
Not everyone is able to dedicate a room in the house only for this purpose. Don’t allow that to hold you back and use what you’ve got, even if it’s the little space at the foot at the bed.
For many years of flat-sharing in London, the only place I could lay my mat was beside my bed on my tiny tiny basement room. I just made the room inspiring with dreamy decoration, fairy lights, my only singing bowl at the time and diffuse essential oils.
I’m lucky enough to have now a dedicated yoga room in my house. That’s what happens when you marry an architect that designs the house for you, so you can demand a dedicated yoga room.
It’s my sacred space, decorated with the things I love and where I can practice without distractions. It’s also where I teach weekly classes and workshops in an intimate and cosy environment.
So now that you find that space, what to do next?
Clean it, physically and energetically
Use incense, preference for handmade without chemicals in their components, candles and/or diffuse essential oils
Have some plants to help renovate the air
Crystals, seashells, rocks and anything nature related to helping you with grounding
Get your gear and have the props you use for your practice
Portable speakers and i-pod if you like some music while practising as I do
If you have yoga books, magazines or anything that you often consult for inspiration, keep it there too
Decorate with curtains, tapestries, dreamcatchers, wind chimes and maybe some fairy lights for that dreamy environment.
Don’t overdo the decoration, it’s also handy to have a blank wall to practice inversions or just relax with your legs against the wall (it’s my absolute favourite before Savasana).