So, you go to yoga once or twice a week and you're really starting to see the benefits and feel the change the only problem is....you just can't get enough! What next? Create a home yoga space so that you can practice anytime you like or maybe not? You just want to sit in quiet, think, reflect , meditate? Or maybe you just really want to nail that pose that you just can't quite seem to grip in class.
The little beauty that yoga is, means it can be practiced anywhere and anytime you like! No constraints, it can be practiced at home or outside with nature in a park, on a beach in a forest...the list goes on! All you need is a few basic poses or sun salutations and a mat. Put it all together and you're ready to go. Sounds easy right?! So why do we often find ourselves making excuses not to do so? The reality is that when we are left to our own devices, we often talk ourselves out of it and make excuses. Will power goes right out the window and more often than not, we think we need a teacher or instructor to 'push' us.
Therefore, the solution is....if you want to flow at home, you need to create a special home yoga place....simple!
I used to live in a house with a garden, in which I created a special home yoga place. Everyday I would just go on my mat, practice all different types of asana and just well...flow! I found myself learning all sorts of new poses....jheeez I stumbled into my first chin stand by accident lol! I transitioned from a plank to an arm balance and my legs just went straight up in the air and I thought wow i never knew i could do that! It was a great experience and I was literally over the moon! Following that, I moved into a flat without any outside space and nowhere with a space that I could really call "mine". It didn't take long for my self practice to suffer. I stopped playing and flowing and my practice felt like it became stagnant. Now i'm not saying don't live in a flat, but I am saying try and make a little space in that flat that's yours :) So...
WHAT IS A YOGA SPACE?!
It is a little space with a mat, where you can practice different asana, create flows (flowing from from one pose/asana to another), sit and do pranayama, or meditate. Or you can sit and read a book, write in a journal or just have some quiet 'me' time. You can sit and enjoy a cup of green tea (or any drink for that matter), or maybe create a mood board.
WHERE TO CREATE THE YOGA SPACE?!
Find a place at home that is relatively quiet, where no one will disturb you. If you have a garden and live somewhere warm, then outside is a lovely place. Amongst nature, fresh air, warm sun beating down on you. Maybe even with the fragrant smell of fresh flowers or freshly cut grass. I often like to walk barefoot on the grass, it's incredibly grounding - but hey, that's another blog entry entirely ;) Put it somewhere light, natural and airy, but most importantly, put it somewhere that feels right for you.
WHAT WILL YOU NEED?!
Well essentially, I don't mean to state the obvious here, but you will mainly need a yoga mat (lol). You may also want to add some little extras to make it perfect for you. Try adding yoga blocks, a yoga strap, bolsters, yoga pillows and a blanket. You might want to decorate your space with fairy lights, lanterns, scented candles, oil burners, essential oils, incense sticks, shells, flowers etc.
BUT most importantly....remember this is YOUR space and you can have it however, whatever and wherever you desire!!!! Enjoy :)
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