The transformative power of yoga is undeniable. When integrated into your lifestyle, it opens your mind, relaxes your body, and frees your soul; and the more frequently we practice it, the more it becomes second-nature. So if you want to incorporate yoga into your daily routine and really give it the providence to improve your way of life, it's important to be able to access a yoga space outside of the studio. The universal beauty of yoga is that it can be practiced anywhere. As long as you have your yoga mat, you don't need to wait for your weekly class to practice it. You can take it outdoors into nature or into your own home haven. Having a personal yoga space is empowering; it gives you both the freedom to practice whenever it suits you, and the private space for a much more individualistic meditation and spiritual experience.
Make A Zen Environment
Space and airiness are the most important aspects of any meditative space. Make sure there is lots of natural light, and the room has a bright and clean color palette with few distractions on your walls; the space you occupy should be clear and open, just like your state of mind during yoga. It is also important to make sure the natural world has a presence in your space. Opening windows and doorways to the outside allows for the spiritual elements of nature to enhance your practice. One day a gentle breeze may come through, another day you might have the refreshing sound of the rain; no matter the conditions, it is important to let nature have its healing, soothing and restorative effects on you.
Set The Meditative Mood
As this is your private yoga sanctuary, you get to choose your preferences on setting the mood for a meditative and spiritual experience. Lighting candles is a simple yet effective way of setting the tone for your yoga practice as they give off a stress-relieving aroma, warmth, and are entrancing to watch. The multi-sensory experience of candles means every personal space should utilize them, even during daytime practice. It is imperative, though, to avoid paraffin wax candles at all costs. Paraffin is the most common type of candle as it's cheap and petroleum-based, however actually emit dangerous toxins into the air when burned. Vegetable-based wax are the clear alternative; the health benefits of soy candles, in particular, make them the best choice as they are non-toxic, organic, renewable and biodegradable. Particularly when practicing the sacred art of yoga, the space must be clear of all negative energies and toxins, so it's important to make this switch. If you enjoy burning incense sticks, make sure you do so near a window to avoid any toxins permeating your air.
Once you've created the space using these tips, you can then personalize it with meaningful decorations and spiritual objects, and make it your kind of zen. Once you begin to use it, you'll soon see the effects on your spiritual wellness; the empowerment of having a personal meditative yoga space is life-changing. It allows you to commit to the practice much more frequently and ritualistically, and really see the benefits of turning yoga from a weekly hobby into a lifestyle choice.