We all know the power of stepping into a well-curated yoga studio -- the instant relaxation that comes from gurgling water features, recently burnt palo santo, and the light, earthy color schemes. We all also know, however, that stepping into a studio is not often an option these days. With so many studios closed due to COVID, yogis are having to practice from home now more than ever. So how can we bring some of the studio aesthetic into our homes to further our practice through all of our senses?
Here are a couple things you can work into your space to bring that relaxing vibe to your own home.
Whether it’s a corner of your living room or at the foot of your bed, find a place you can leave your mat out (or at the very least, rolled up but ready to unroll in an instant!) so that you can step into your practice with ease. Hang artwork and house momentos that make you think of your yoga journey in this space; let it be a positive and nourishing space to be in as that will help you want to be there.
Smell can be the easiest sense to overlook, but it can also be the most impactful when tended to. Using a consistent scent prior to practice also provides a subtle cue to yourself that you’re about to step into your zone. I prefer subtler scents: palo santo, cedar, or a combination of eucalyptus and lemon in an oil diffuser. Whatever it is, start with just a single scent and set it up to where you burn your palo santo / start your diffuser / etc just prior to stepping on the mat.
Sometimes all we need is a good series of songs to get into the zone and flow it out. Consider having a higher energy playlist as well as a lower energy one (check out my previous “playlists” blog for some inspiration here) that you can cue up based on your energy level. It’s often easier to get the body moving more organically when there are some good beats playing in the background.
On another note, if you’re worried that the sounds of your home (children, spouse, TV, pets, etc) might distract you, consider using bluetooth headphones so that you hear your music but no other noises. This can be a great way to focus on your practice.
Keeping your yoga space clean and tidy can help you further relax and stay focused while practicing -- not distracted by dog hair on the floor or the pile of laundry in the corner. Ultimately, we’ll never be able to fully replicate the energy of the studio, but by tending to these simple things you might find your space a bit more nourishing.
Brooke is a contributing author for Tada Rugs. Tada Rugs is a 5x7 yoga mat disguised as an artistic area rug that you never have to put away. Tada is short for tadasana, or mountain pose, and our own backyard in the San Juan Mountains of Durango, Colorado is where we find our inspiration. Check out our new designs, enter for a chance to win a new Tada Rug, and be sure to follow us for deals and insider specials! Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, or contact us through our website! Tie a room together and bring your practice home.
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