From the moment you walk into your favorite yoga studio, a sense of tranquility washes over you. Maybe it’s the soft lighting or the scent of candles that waif through the air. Or maybe it’s simply that less is more, at least when creating the ideal space for spiritual awakening.
Use incense, scented candles or aromatherapy spray to create a feeling of peace and serenity. Depending on the scent, incense and candles can be energizing and relaxing. Try different scents while practicing yoga and find which works best for you. Yoga is meant to stimulating your senses positively.
When it comes to decorating a yoga room, less is more. Minimalistic design opens both your space and your mind, so think about what is meaningful. If there’s a particular piece of culture you feel deeply connected to, choose a few pieces that are visually appealing. If you have spiritual beliefs, you can choose sculptures and wall hangings that deepen your devotion. A small shelf is a perfect place to showcase a point of inspiration like a candle or small statue.
Never underestimate the power of lighting. It has a huge impact on both your mood and well-being. Bright overhead lights are too harsh and uninviting. If possible, install dimmer switches for overhead lighting. Lightweight drapes add privacy and help with light filtering, which adds softness to your space.
Opt for neutral, calming colors that receded rather than demand attention. The purpose of yoga is to cultivate both physical and mental balance, so warm whites and cool blues work well. If brighter colors make you feel creative and alive, then muted shades of yellow and turquoise are optimal choices.
You need a stable surface when practicing yoga, so if you already have hardwood flooring, a firm yoga mat will provide extra stability. If you’re designing a yoga space at home, portable yoga mats create a firm surface on deeper pile carpeting. Since you want your space to be warm and inviting, choose meditation pillows that complement your color scheme.
Temperature also plays a role in your comfort level. While there is no right or wrong, it's best if you avoid drafty areas and keep air conditioning to a minimum. Unless you're practicing Bikram yoga, strive to keep your space cool and comfortable. Contact an AC company if your system makes it hard to find a soothing temperature. It may just need a tune-up.
Creating the perfect atmosphere in your yoga room is important. The sights, sounds and smell can enhance or distract you from your practice. The more beautiful your yoga sanctuary, the more you will want to go there.
Dixie Somers is a freelance writer and blogger for business, home, and family niches. Dixie lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the proud mother of three beautiful girls and wife to a wonderful husband. Dixie recommends contacting an HVAC company to ensure maximum comfort in your yoga space.