How to Create a Yoga Sanctuary at Home
Plus, six routines you can do throughout the day.
In celebration of World Yoga Day, make today's focus about tuning into your body and finding ways to improve your yoga practice. Journaling, meditation and yoga are fantastic outlets for cultivating positivity, confidence, strength and awareness.
The best way to ensure you come to your mat today is by creating a peaceful space in your home for practicing yoga. You're more likely to practice if you have a dedicated spot for meditation and yoga. Here's how to put one together, plus some suggested classes to help you fit more yoga into your day.
First, you'll need a good yoga mat. This one by Jade is soft and eco-friendly.
Blocks are tremendously helpful for balancing, experimentation and going deeper into stretches.
Essential oil diffusers purify the air and emit calming fragrances to help you relax. You can also light natural candles for relaxing ambience.
When practicing yoga at home, mirrors are essential for checking your alignment and posture.
A blanket comes in handy to support your knees and lower back. It's also great to use during a long meditation so you don't get cold.
Yoga wheels, foam rollers, meditation pillows, sage and resistance bands are all great accessories to have on hand, but they're not necessary to enjoy a restorative or healing yoga routine.
Start World Yoga Day off right with this refreshing, feel-good flow from Boho Beautiful.
Take a break and stretch at your desk with these targeted routines for stiff muscles and a meditation from SarahBethYoga.
Instead of eating lunch at your desk, get out of the office and do this quick yoga routine from Yoga With Adrienne to re-focus and warm up static muscles.
Desk Yoga 01:01
Beat the afternoon slump with these subtle moves you can do without leaving your desk.
Dark Wooden Planks
When Ashley purchased her Atlanta bungalow in 2008, she intended to turn its dark, wood-paneled attic into a yoga studio. In order to update it correctly, she'd need to replace the wood paneling with drywall, tear out the damaged wood floors and add natural light by replacing tiny dormer windows with a large 3x4 foot window and a custom skylight.
A Well-Balanced Space
In order utilize her attic space as a yoga studio, Ashley dedicated one side for instructing classes. To keep the top-floor area feeling serene and airy, she used a shade of blue for the walls, while yellow and turquoise add energy to the space through accents such as yoga mats.
Yoga-centric spaces must be clean and minimal so that students can remain focused and clear-headed. In order to keep her essential yoga supplies nearby, neat and uncluttered, Ashley designed a cubby system with an integrated refrigerator for keeping bottled water chilled, and mats and towels organized.
The dark wood floating floors presented the most challenges. In its original condition, the space underfoot was made up of damaged hardwoods installed above uneven floor boards. It wasn't until her contractor started installation that he noticed a major dip on one side. Before installing the new dark wood floating floor, he had to replace 50% of the floor boards, then add leveling compound.
Originally, the wood-paneled stairwell leading up to Ashley's attic was extremely dark and dingy. To lighten it up, she used the same whitewashed horizontal pine used throughout the studio. Now the stairwell wall serves as the central divider between the area designated for yoga sessions and the space meant for desk work.
Reconsidering the Skylight
Natural light was one of the most important elements in the yoga studio. Although Ashley's thrilled with the great amount of sun peeking through her new skylight, the window presents several challenges for the homeowner. "The skylight is causing areas of the wood floor to fade and it makes the space warm at certain times of the day," says Ashley.