Don’t you just love the feeling of entering your favorite yoga studio? The smell of scented candles, the calming atmosphere, the soft colors… All of these create a sense of relaxation and well-being in people. And when you combine the ambiance with yoga practice and meditation, you have yourself the recipe for a happy and healthy life. However, you don’t have to drive half an hour to your yoga studio when you can have your private retreat right in your home! Here’s how you can create a lovely home yoga studio that will be your sanctuary from the world and your oasis of well-being and peace.
Concentrating is an impossible task when you’re surrounded by clutter. Only items that are functional and beautiful should be present in your home studio. If an object has no purpose or aesthetic value, remove it. Your visual field should be clear and free of distractions.
2. Choose the right colors
There’s a whole branch of psychology dedicated to colors and how they affect human mood and behavior, so choosing the right shade can really make a world of difference. Muted colors and warm whites are great choices because they don’t demand any attention. You can also add a splash of green with plants (they will also provide your space with clean air and extra oxygen) or calming blue with decorative elements. However, regardless of the color, make sure you choose non-toxic paints which are much healthier for both you and the environment.
3. Provide good and clean flooring
Since you’re going to spend a lot of time on the floor in your home studio, make sure the flooring is clean. It’s hard to concentrate when you can see dirt rolling around or if you can’t stop coughing from all the dust. So, wipe and vacuum your floors regularly. Also, make sure to choose a yoga mat that’s soft enough on your knees and doesn’t slip when wet (you might get very sweaty during your practice).
And don’t rule out carpet! Carpet can be a great flooring, especially if you have tender joints like knees and wrists that ache on hard surfaces.
4. Use music for additional relaxation
Auditory cues have a great effect on human behaviour, so try to include music or sound in your home yoga studio. Select something that’s helping you stay focused and calm. For instance, put on some Chinese bamboo flute music mixed in with nature sounds and keep the volume level pleasant. You can also play a yoga instruction video or dvd that will help you with your movements. Listening to an instructor’s voice can be very relaxing too.
5. Natural lighting is the best
Lighting has a huge effect on human mood and well-being, so pay special attention to how you light your studio. Natural light should be your first choice since it helps the release of serotonin and the production of vitamin D. Place your studio in a room with lots of windows, and schedule your sessions in the morning or when the room is illuminated with natural light. If you live on the first floor and seek more privacy, white airy cotton drapes will shield you from unwanted looks but still let enough sunlight in. However, if your studio has a serious lack of natural light you can invest in practical skylights. They will provide you with warm sunlight that will illuminate your space and not make you feel exposed to strangers looking in.
For evening sessions you will need some artificial lighting. Soft general lighting is your best choice, especially if you have dimmers installed. You can also go for candles as long as you keep them at a safe distance from your body and hair.
6. Use pleasant smells
There’s a strong correlation between emotion and smell, so try to bring in aromas that evoke positive feelings and relaxation in you. You can opt for burning incense or aromatherapy candles. You can also make your own air freshener from flowers, herbs and spices, whichever makes you feel good. Artificial air fresheners might be too harsh on your nose. On the other hand, avoid odors that make you feel negative emotions. Dirty laundry, dishes or strong chemical smells can all cause distractions and even make you feel nauseous.
Some yoga practitioners find mirrors very distracting and they don’t want them in their private yoga studios. However, they can also help beginners observe their posture and techniques, so it’s really your call if you want to put in mirrors or not. You might find them very useful in the beginning, but feel free to remove them once you’re confident in your form.
If you love yoga, having your private home studio will make you even a bigger believer in its powers. Once you achieve harmony in your space, you’ll feel stronger and more balanced. It will allow you to practice in total peace and privacy, and not think about anything else but your body. Namaste!
CHLOE TAYLOR is an art historian and recreational ballet dancer. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world and take stunning photographs of beautiful places. She also enjoys learning and writing about home design, since she is crazy about aesthetics. She is a regular contributor to Smooth Decorator