Do you have a personal sanctuary in or around your home? So many people have started practicing yoga and sometimes we need a break from the crowded studios. Many turn to a sanctuary in their own home for their practice. When we enter these spaces we invite peace, deep thought, and energy into our lives. We strive to rejuvenate our spirits.In this article, we will talk about additions that will help you invite positive energy and help you relax.
These days, instead of a home office, more and more people are creating personal sanctuaries in their living spaces. Personal sanctuaries can become a vital oasis away from the hustle and bustle of a busy daily life. This can be especially important in homes with multiple children, multi-generational families living under the same roof or for individuals with high-stress jobs. Here are 4 tranquil additions to your personal sanctuary to help you create a calm, soothing oasis.
Candles have been an integral part of religious and spiritual ceremonies the world over for centuries - and with good reason. Some people find that by focusing on the flickering flame of a candle, they can achieve a deep, meditative state. Candlelight can be a simple yet sacred tool to help reduce stress, increase self-awareness and bring on calmness and tranquility. While you may opt for electronic candles rather than real flames, the results are often similar. Be sure to give your candles plenty of space so you can practice safely.
Similarly, the soft tinkling of water creates a calming, soothing environment and helps to block out outside noise. If you prefer to close your eyes while meditating, water can do the same things aurally that candles do visually - help you reach a deep, meditative state. If you prefer to do yoga, tai chi or other exercises in your sanctuary, the sound of water can be a pleasant accompaniment. It's also good to know that there are plenty of styles to choose from. From soft dripping to running water; from small to large, there is bound to be a perfect fountain for your space.
There are a number of health benefits to plants and other greenery, which include absorbing noise vibrations, which will help create a calm, soothing environment in your personal sanctuary. They also cleanse the air by absorbing toxins, which they use as food. Last but certainly not least, when humans breathe in deeply, we inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. Plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, meaning the air you breathe in during deep breathing exercises will be cleaner, fresher and purer. Be sure to get them plenty of sunlight when you can (get some for yourself too!) and keep them well watered.
Essential oils offer a number of health benefits, from healing properties to mood boosters. Diffusers spray a fine mist of water vapor mixed with essential oils into the atmosphere. Most diffusers provide features that allow them to work for several hours from a single reservoir - keeping your sanctuary filled with pleasant aromas and mood boosting properties. Be sure to clean the diffuser often so you get the most out of the oils you use.
Creating a cool, calm, soothing space in your home is easier than ever, with a number of options to assist you. From a number of inexpensive fountains and water features to home yoga equipment like mats and rollers, your home can literally become your personal sanctuary.
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information contact Fountain Mountain or Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.