How to design a yoga room at home *Full Guide*


Rooms / Thursday, February 1st, 2018

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Do you want to practice yoga at home and do not know where to start? In this article, you have a step by step guide for absolute beginners.

If I wanted to start practicing yoga, could I do it alone from my home? How do I prepare the room for a yoga practice? In terms of  lighting and space,  what features should the room have to make it a good place to practice yoga at home?

These are normal questions when you want to create a yoga space at home. You probably have your yoga clothes and your mat ready, but, what about the room? Creating our ideal room for practicing yoga at home is really easy if you follow some of these tips.

Introducing yoga into our daily routine at home has many benefits. You will save money and practice at your own pace, but whatever the reason, a daily yoga practice will transform your day-to-day a more present spirit, more conscious and with a clearer mind.

How to start practicing yoga at home. The basic equipment.

The practice of yoga requires that we prepare the room to make it suitable for the yoga practice. Pick a room in the house with good natural light, not too cluttered, and available at the time that you want to do your yoga session. Maybe you like using the home office at first time in the morning, or the guest room when you come home back from work. These tips will help you transform that space into a small yoga studio where you will see your inner yogi grow.

The basics: a yoga mat and your love for yoga.

The only true thing you will need to practice yoga wherever you are is a good quality yoga mat. The mat will help you not to hurt your back, feet, and hands when practicing yoga, and it will prevent you from slipping and lose your balance.

The most important features of a yoga mat

Full Buyers Guide >> How to buy the right yoga mat

How should a yoga mat be? We should look for a few characteristics, such as its thickness. Standard yoga mats are usually quite thin, between three and four millimeters thick. This is enough to isolate us from the ground (if it is hard or cold) and it will help with balance asanas. Look also at the size and make sure you fit well when you are lying down and fully stretched.

We must also look at how long the material will last and how much we are willing to invest in the mat: a good Yoga mat can last for years, even if it is a little more expensive.

Finally, we must also take into account where we are going to take our yoga mat: if we have to take it out of the house to go to classes it is good to make sure that is light and easy to carry with a strap or a yoga mat bag. If we are only going to use it at home, you can get a bigger and thicker mat that will make your practice even more comfortable.

Do you need accessories to practice Yoga?

Yoga accessories are not essential for a great yoga practice, but they will for sure help the most beginners practitioners in their journey to the most complex asanas.

The most common yoga accessories are straps and blocks. Straps help stretching and some of the asanas if we are not flexible enough yet (Remember this is something that will improve through practice!). They are usually made of nylon and are very sturdy. If we don’t have a real yoga strap at hand, we can use a belt instead.

Yoga blocks are small bricks made of cork or foam that, as well as straps, will help us to keep balance during certain asanas.

Both yoga straps and yoga blocks are really affordable and really easy to buy online. That’s why we recommend you invest in these two items as part of your commitment to your daily practice at home.

An absorbent yoga towel will be perfect for those sweaty sessions where you need to absorb your sweat to stay in pose and balanced, specially if you practice Bikram. Choose a  high quality, odorless, durable, non-slip microfiber towel to place on top of any yoga mat. A yoga towel will cover your entire mat to extend its lifespan by preventing tearing and reducing bacteria growth. They are very light (less than 1lb) and great for travel, even can be used as travel yoga mats.

Finally, a yoga blanket is the perfect accessory to finish a good yoga session. At the end of a yoga practice, you will lay down in savasana. Always try to get a yoga blanket at least as tall as you are. You want to be able to cover yourself during this relaxation exercises.  You can use two yoga blankets to make a large bolster shape or use one as a pillow during savasana. I find that the larger the length, the more the possible options. One of my favorites is this thick mexican yoga blanket.

What do I wear to practice yoga at home?

When it comes to  Yoga, the most important thing is that we are comfortable in the clothes we wear, regardless of whether it is a pair of wide pants or tights, an oversized shirt or a top. The comfort and adaptability when you perform the asanas is the most important thing to consider when choosing clothes to practice Yoga.

Yoga Socks

We step into an asana yoga practice to create mental, emotional, and physical balance through the movements. In an energetic session, sweat rolls steadily and constantly down our limbs. When we slip it’s easy to fall out of focus.Yoga socks will help you stay put on your sticky mat, glide through transitions and settle deeper into your practice.

Yoga socks are one of the latest trends when it comes to yoga equipment. They are really useful to avoid slipping and help to do the most complex asanas giving you extra traction and support.

What to look for when buying yoga socks online? Not all yoga socks are the same. Good quality design, materials, and finishing are crucial for a comfortable yoga session. These are some great qualities that you should look for when buying your new yoga socks:

  • Anti-slip grips on the heel and arch offer superior balance, comfort, and stability, which helps you hold your poses with ease during yoga practice.
  • Breathable cotton and some spandex. Natural cotton absorbs sweat and gives you great comfort with less bulk, giving you that barefoot feeling.
  • Socks can be used with a mat for added grip.

Some benefits of using yoga socks during your regular yoga practice

  • If you go to a yoga studio, yoga socks will help you prevent infections. Bare feet combined with shared mats make you vulnerable to fungal infections. Regular socks are less breathable and less absorbent, which leads to infection.
  • Ideal for not only yoga but also pilates, barre, Bikram and ballet dance.

 

 


 

Designing a Yoga Room at Home. Tips and Ideas.

Ventilation. Let fresh air enter flow through your yoga space.

Whenever the weather makes it comfortable for you, go outside and practice some yoga. Yoga practice amplifies its benefits when done outdoors. Places like parks or the beach are really good candidates for good morning yoga practice. Your sun salutations will never feel more energizing than here.

That’s why it’s better to keep an open window when you do yoga at home. A flow of fresh air into the room will give you extra oxygen to keep breathing. Remember to breathe!!

The use of incense can help you be more present through your yoga practice as it becomes part of the ritual. If you burn some incense while doing yoga at home, don’t place it close to you and remember to keep at least one window open so the smoke doesn’t interfere with your oxygen intake.

Best colors for a yoga space at home

The colors earth, blue, green or gray, in their more pastel versions are quite relaxing. All of them will help us to lower pulsations, not to distract us and keep the attention in our interior, the asanas, and the breathing.

Along with the color of the walls, a good illumination is also essential. If we have large windows allowing natural light into the room it is better to use curtains or screens to diffuse the light and make it more comfortable for the eyes.

Lightning. Natural light is the best for Yoga

Natural sunlight will help you through an energetic yoga practice. However, if you do yoga before bed to help you sleep, it’s better to keep the light of the room dimmed and light some candles to help you feel more relaxed and present.

In case you are going to do yoga near a sunny window use soft curtains that will diffuse the light in a very soft and calming way.

If the room is very small or dark, using a mirror can bring the light back into your yoga practice. Some yoga instructors will advise against its use when doing yoga as it could be distracting and make us focus on the visual input more than the feelings and sensations that we perceive from our body as a whole.

Yoga Room Orientation

Many yoga instructors recommend, when possible, to orient the room and your practice to the rising sun. It is known that the sun is a source of heat, light, life and energy; so including this aspect is essential for the practice of yoga, especially if it is done at sunrise. What better way to receive him than with a Suryanamaskara!

Sounds, noises or silence in a yoga room?

Choose music or sounds that help you relax but also focus on your asanas and breathing. You should look for what works better for your individual practice. Some prefer their yoga practice to be more spiritual and some others rather focus on its physical benefits. The room atmosphere must fit your own connection to the yoga practice and this will be reflected on the music or sounds you chose to play as you do it.

Natural sounds are a great option for a home yoga practice! The sound of rain, a river or the sound of waves on a beach can make you feel more focus and connected.

Needless to say that you can take silence as the best option for you, as this will help you feeling even more connected with your body and in charge of your own mind. Silence will also contribute to your ability to focus even more on your breathing and asanas.

The smell of Yoga practice

Once again, we recommend everything natural. Essential oils are one of the best options, and you can use them together with aromatherapy tips to enhance the good vibes in your yoga room.

Either you use just a couple of drops on your wrists or you have an essential oil burner, a good and soft smell around you when you are doing yoga will make the practice even more pleasant.

You can use incense, scented candles and diffusers. Choose one with which your senses feel comfortable, and make sure you have good ventilation, so as not to saturate the environment and the smoke of the incense dissolves well in the air.

Sage and Palo Santo (or sacred wood) are one my favorites alternatives to incense. You just need to burn it for a few seconds to get the room filled with a pleasant aroma.

The right touch of spirituality

Some extra tips to start your yoga daily practice at home

There is no one “right” way to practice yoga at home. However, I will give you a short list of useful tips that will guide you on your first steps with yoga at home.

1. Set your intentions

The first thing is to set your intention to practice. Dedicate the first moments on the mat to accommodate your body. Close your eyes. Connect with your inner consciousness and set up an intention. You can set an intention for yourself or it could be for another person that you love. The most important thing is that you feel in your heart the truth of the wish that you want to manifest. Do it with joy.

Ask yourself what you need from your yoga practice at that precise moment and honor what your body and mind are asking for. Anchor your attention in the breath to have a greater awareness of the present moment.

2. You decide how much time

You may  think that a yoga practice should last at least one hour. But the truth is that you can start practicing a few asanas and then decide if you want to continue. Perform each asana slowly and with full attention. Become aware of the transitions between each one and see what happens. Listen to your body, which will tell you if you can go deeper into the posture, or if on the contrary, you should do less. And of course, enjoy your practice.

A question that usually arises at the first yoga sessions is how much time to dedicate to each asana. When you start the practice of yoga maintaining the asanas is harder than when you keep a regular practice. I recommend you to listen to your body and see how much time you feel comfortable in the asana. As a general guide, you can start with 30 seconds, and, as long as you feel that you are not hurting your body, you can gradually increase the time, up to 2 minutes.

3. Be kind to yourself

Keep in mind that you are just starting and if you notice that you tend to be critical, discard it. Your body and your mind thank you for what you are doing for them. Practice acceptance and compassion towards yourself.

4. Yoga journal.

Taking notes in a journal about your daily practice is really rewarding. When you do it every day you connect with the steps you are doing on your yoga journey. 

  • How is your mind and body before beginning the practice?
  • What is your physical condition and your mood now?
  • How do you feel when you finish?

5. Be present

It’s essential for a fruitful yoga practice that you keep yourself focus, observing and listening to your body and your mind.Do not judge the practice, flow with it and let it just be.

As you can see, yoga does not take much space, or many things. So, if you do not have a room, simply extend your mat in the living room or bedroom of your apartment and repeat the positions that you learned in class.