If you are able to practice at home from time to time, you’ll need a good space to lay out your mat and get to work. Here are some recommendations on how to create yoga space at home.
How to create yoga space at home?
Remember, you don’t need a lot of room
One nice thing about yoga is that it requires very little space. Nearly all yoga poses do not require much movement outside of your mat. So you’ll only need a bit more room than the length and width of your mat. Try having at least 3 feet of extra space on all four sides of your mat.
Hard surfaces are better than soft
With the help of a well-cushioned yoga mat, a hard surface provides the most support for your poses. Hard burr carpet, wood and tile floors, and other carpets with a low pile work best. It’s highly advisable to avoid practicing on soft, plush and high-pile carpets. It may seem like these would be more comfortable, but they can actually be dangerous as your balance will be compromised.
Quiet and interruption-free
The quieter the better. I understand that many of us have children and pets, but as much as possible try to limit the distractions and noise level. Try scheduling your practice during the kids nap or school-time. Ask everyone in your household to respect your yoga-practice time. Explain that it will help you to feel better and improve your mood!
It’s important to have enough light to see what you’re doing. Other than this element, lighting is really a personal decision. Some people enjoy practicing in a bright sunlit room. While others may enjoy a dimly lit room illuminated by candles. Play around with lighting and see what makes you feel the best.
Music or silence?
Just as with lighting, this is a personal decision. However, if you do choose to listen to music, consider using soft meditative music or nature sounds.
Of course, if you are practicing to a yoga DVD, chances are the voiceover track will have background music already playing.
As I’ve said before, supplementing any studio classes with at-home practice can be a great way to stay consistent with your practice. And if you’ve put some thought and time into creating a nice space, you may be that much more excited to get on the mat and practice.