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how to create a perfect environment at home to practice yoga
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how to create a perfect environment at home to practice yoga

by Claire Wilson claire wilson
Practice Yoga | Tips

One of the most important aspects of yoga is meditation. The control of breath and one’s mental state is necessary for the execution of some poses - that is why you will find studios with simple and effective décor. Parks are great because of the natural setting and varying amounts of sunlight in either the shade of a tree or out on the grass. At home, though, it can be a little distracting since you will become aware of the mess in the corner, or dirt on the ground. In order to find the perfect harmony for yoga, you may need to take steps and create the peaceful environment that gets you in the right mind set.

Prepare the Floor

The first step is designing the area or room. This will involve creating a space wide enough for a mat, and any other equipment you might use. It will ensure that you are not worried about knocking the lampshade or breaking the television. If you have hardwood floors it may be necessary to add another soft layer beneath the mat to be easy on your knees. If you have a rug or carpet, test it for its support. It may be enough to support you or it will be too soft in which case you may need a soft board to place on top to create a good surface for your yoga.

Once this area is cleared, you may want to rearrange the room to conform to a minimalist design. This will remove unnecessary distractions while you are trying to concentrate. Sweep or vacuum the floors, remove the day old newspaper, and tidy the place beforehand to free your mind and space of trash and disorder.

Lighting and Atmosphere

The next step is to decide on the brightness of the room. This helps settle the mind and should be controlled for the time of day to increase or decrease alertness.

Installing a dimmer switch for the overhead, or using different lamps around the room to control the light can accomplish this. Of course, natural light has its many advantages to the health so opening the curtains in the morning will help you to wake up and greet the day. In the evening however it is a better idea to curtain your room off as it will allow you to keep your privacy so you do not have to worry about passers-by watching you move through your positions.

Living plants in your room will provide a pleasant backdrop and remind you of nature as you meditate. They are also great for removing toxins from the room and replacing them with fresh oxygen while adding more natural colors to the environment. If you like to listen to music or use it for relaxation you also need to arrange your home stereo's loudspeakers. If you live in a noisy environment, say, in a crowded city area, ambient sounds can also help you to get in the mood. If you don't have a stereo but need music in the background you can still use your laptop or computer to find something to listen to.

Membership for yoga studios can be costly and inconvenient to one’s schedule. The weather may not be suitable to do yoga outside. Your home, however, is almost always available for yoga. Create the right setting, with a simple and clean design, open space, plants and curtains to control how pleasant you want your yoga session to be. This also helps in making yoga an essential part of your everyday life.

This is a guest post by Claire Wilson for Claire offers a large selection of cost plus curtains and various other pieces of furniture.



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