Meditating, practicing yoga and engaging in other relaxing and transformative activities are all about getting into the right state of mind. You want to relax and be able to let go of your worries and even your surroundings. To do that, you need to have a meditative space in your home that helps you go beyond your everyday life.
Designate a Space
First of all, try to set aside a specific spot to be your yoga and meditation zone. That way, you’ll get into the zone and feel the relaxing vibes whenever you go to that spot. This is much better than surrounding yourself by the kids’ toys of the living room or the distracting to-do list in the office. Instead, you want to separate yourself from the areas you associate with other things. And make sure your special place is only used for your calming practices -- don't corrupt it with other activities.
Of course, an extra unused room is perfect, but we don’t all have one of those. Instead, you could use a guest bedroom, a den or a fixed-up garage or basement. If you have to share a room with another purpose, try to create a designated section of the room that can be all about your relaxation time. If you'd like, you could separate your area with a screen or a curtain.
Create a Vibe
Once you have your space, you want to create a vibe that will promote your relaxing and meditative experiences. Make sure you keep the room clean and free of clutter, which would bring the wrong feeling into your space. Add relaxing colors such as muted blues and greens, and bring in decorative accents that provide the right mood. Choose pieces that speak to you, such as awe-inspiring artwork, a soothing salt lamp and whimsical chimes. A beautiful and comforting rug could also add warmth and a designated spot to sit or practice poses.
The mood of your room isn't just about items you see. Focus on other senses as well and add music or fountains you can hear, soft fabrics to touch and incense or essential oils to smell. These types of tools will help you get into the best zone for your practice.
Add the Right Tools
While your yoga sanctuary should be relaxing, it should also be functional. Make it easy to access everything you'll need for your practice, whether it's a meditation mat and cushion, a yoga mat and props, a music player, incense and/or other tools that will further your session. While it's important to have these items in the room and ready to use, make sure they're stored or set up in a neat and organized way that will add to the peacefulness of the space instead of taking away from it.
Bring in Nature
The natural world provides plenty of inspiration and benefit to relaxation and meditation, so find ways to invite it into your sanctuary. One way to achieve this is through the window. Consider changing the window treatment or opening the shades or curtains when you practice to let some natural light in. You might also want to open the window if the weather's nice to let in some cleansing outdoor air for your body to take in during your deep breaths.
You can also incorporate nature into the room through the decor. Choose natural fabrics and add living plants, shells and accents from the outdoors. You could also use pieces inspired by nature that depict or mimic the organic shapes and inspiring colors of Mother Nature.
Choosing a designated space in your home for your practice and decorating it to create the right mood will help you have a sacred space just for your meditative activities. Once you enter your space, you'll feel the tension leave your shoulders and your mind enter the right state for a relaxing and transformative experience.
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