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.

The Gear

Jade Yoga Mat

Jade Yoga Mat

JadeYoga Harmony Mat: $74.95, JadeYoga

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JadeYoga

JadeYoga Harmony Mat: $74.95, JadeYoga

First, you'll need a good yoga mat. This one by Jade is soft and eco-friendly.

Sporti Studio 4-Inch Yoga Block: $8.45, YogaOutlet.com

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YogaOutlet.com

Sporti Studio 4-Inch Yoga Block: $8.45, YogaOutlet.com

Blocks are tremendously helpful for balancing, experimentation and going deeper into stretches.

NOW Essential Oil Diffuser

NOW Essential Oil Diffuser

NOW Foods Ultrasonic Diffuser: $36.98, Amazon.com

Photo by: NOW Foods

NOW Foods

NOW Foods Ultrasonic Diffuser: $36.98, Amazon.com

Essential oil diffusers purify the air and emit calming fragrances to help you relax. You can also light natural candles for relaxing ambience.

Wooden Floor Mirror

Wooden Floor Mirror

Wooden Full-Length Mirror: $149, Urban Outfitters

Photo by: Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

Wooden Full-Length Mirror: $149, Urban Outfitters

When practicing yoga at home, mirrors are essential for checking your alignment and posture.

Yoga Blanket

Yoga Blanket

Mexican Yoga Blanket: ~$18, Amazon.com

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Amazon.com

Mexican Yoga Blanket: ~$18, Amazon.com

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.

Optional Accessories:

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.

Morning Wake-Up

Start World Yoga Day off right with this refreshing, feel-good flow from Boho Beautiful.

Mid-Morning Refresh

Take a break and stretch at your desk with these targeted routines for stiff muscles and a meditation from SarahBethYoga.

Lunch Break

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.

Afternoon Stretch

Desk Yoga 01:01

Try these poses for a mini-workout when sitting at a desk for long hours.

Beat the afternoon slump with these subtle moves you can do without leaving your desk.

Evening Relaxation

Wind down, stretch out and meditate before bed with this routine from Brett Larkin. Didn't get to fit in a heating routine at lunch? Try one of these sculpting, strenghtening classes.

Tour This Attic Yoga Studio

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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.  

Photo By: Photographer: Christina Wedge

Clutter-Free Consciousness

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.  

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Inspirational Accents

Graphic design is Ashley's main profession. To add her own designer touch to the space, she created a 2x4 foot piece of graphic art packed with inspirational words to encourage a feeling of calm and peacefulness, elements essential to a successful yoga workout.  

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Overcoming Challenges

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.  

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Whitewashed Walls

Ashley used most of the attic's wall space as an opportunity to add coastal-style architectural touches. To offset the darkness of her ebony floating wood floors, the contractor install 1x6 pine planks horizontally, and hired a painter to lighten them with a whitewashed effect.  

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Staying Centered

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.  

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Love, Peace and Lighting

Ashley aimed to incorporate her love of coastal style into the yoga studio's design. To do this in a non-literal manner, she installed an industrial pendants made from galvanized metal indicative of lighting found on boardwalks and wharfs.  

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A Welcoming Environment

As students enter the yoga studio, they're greeted by a half-wall packed with fresh hand towels. Once sessions are finished, Ashley gathers up the used towels, tosses them in the laundry, then replenishes the wall supply with new ones.  

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A Place for Everyone

Since many of Ashley's students change into yoga attire at her house, she designated one side of the stairwell's half-wall to holding everything from purses to hats to gym bags.  

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A Desk Area for Extra Organization

Ashley uses a desk area of the space to read up on trends and new techniques. She opted for a classic, traditional desk with bases made of filing cabinets to keep the space clean and clutter-free.  

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Temperature Control

To keep the studio cool in the warmer Atlanta months, Ashley installed a modern, plug-in unit at the top of the new window. This alternative to central air conditioning was much more cost-effective, at $250.  

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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.  

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A Passion for Yoga Poses

Thanks to a smart space plan, Ashley has plenty of room to instruct three to six students per session.  

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