Written by Meg Williams-Lucy
My yoga space serves as a general exercise area. If you live in a studio or small flat like me then your yoga space will most likely be a multifunctional area. And that’s perfectly fine. If you have an entire room to dedicate to yoga then that’s also great. Good for you! But if you have limited space then choose an area that you can comfortably do yoga in.
Aim to keep that general area or room as a space that is relaxing and calming. Bring some Vastu to your space. Vastu is sometimes referred to as India’s feng shui. Good vastu embodies three aspects: a space should be comfortable, visually pleasing, and spiritually nourishing. Think of the space as inspiring happiness, peace, and contentment. When you approach the space, you are drawn to it. Creating a sacred space will enable your practice to feel more sacred too. This could be through scented candles, or maybe a Puja (altar), like a smiling Buddha. I like to decorate mine with some plants and photographs or vintage yoga prints that make me smile. Whatever the case, keep in mind that less is more when it comes to creating space for your yoga practice.
Tools for your practice
Start with the basics. Ensure that your space or room is fitted with the right tools for your practice.
A yoga mat. One wonderful thing about yoga is that you really don’t need anything but your body to start practicing. However, having basic things like a thick and durable mat will help you with your practice. Not only will a good non-slip mat keep you safe and bring you confidence, but rolling out the mat and stepping onto it will help focus your mind to recognise that now is your time, your time to move, flow, breathe, meditate, to do whatever it is you have come to the mat to do on that day.
A strap. Again, straps are not an essential instrument to practice yoga but they sure do help! Straps are a fantastic tool that assist in reaching deeper into stretches and flexibility.
Blocks. Where would I be without my blocks! There is a common misconception that blocks are only for beginner yogis and this is just not true. Blocks are important for enabling poses to feel more grounded and stable and they can help you achieve correct alignment. If you don’t have blocks you can always use books as a replacement, however, having a set of sturdy blocks is a much safer option as it allows you to put more weight through in certain postures.
Bolsters and meditation pillows. These wonderful items have many benefits. Bolsters support your lower back, aid in opening up the body, and achieving deeper posture. It’s especially great for prenatal and restorative practices. Meditation pillows, well it is there in the name, a great addition to your meditative and pranayama practices.
Blankets and eye pillows. Blankets are great for enhancing your practice as they can be used in many ways. Use a blanket to cushion your knees when you are in your Anjaneyasana or you can use the blanket to help open the front side of the body in heart openers. Best of all you can use the blanket to keep you warm in savasana.
If possible, choose an area with natural light. Starting your yoga practice with some natural sunlight in the morning is a peaceful way to start your day.
Breath some life by adding a few plants to help purify the air and create a visible calmness.
Make it yours.
When it comes to creating a space just concentrate on making it your own corner of calm and happiness. Give yourself the permission to have this dedicated space for your practice that allows you to be fully present.