Use what you already have! Get creative! Roll out your yoga mat in your kitchen! Hey, whatever it takes to create routine for your practice. So to help make this transition easier, here are a few different steps to create an at-home yoga space that works for you…
First thing is first - create the right conditions and ambiance for your practice. You can do this by setting certain boundaries so you're not interrupted or easily distracted, like putting your devices on Do Not Disturb or Silent mode. Perhaps shutting the door for more privacy or choosing a time where your housemates are not home or when your kids are asleep. While these circumstances may not always be possible or within your control, the intention is still there and you're doing the best you can, where you can.
Next, think about the vibe. Do you need uplifting music or calming scents like essential oils? Will lighting a candle help you go inward or opening the window to let the fresh air flow? Perhaps creating a ritual like making a cup of tea will let you settle into your space. Set the mood for your practice.
From here, it's important to designate a particular space within your home for a particular kind of practice. Different spaces hold different energies depending on what sort of rituals and activities we do within those spaces.
Personally, I am very motivated by personalising and styling my space because it deeply impacts how I feel (Do I have OCD tendancies? Very likely!), but this will be different for everyone and by no means does your space have to be picture perfect or look a certain way. Whether this gets some ideas or creative juices flowing, here are a few of my favourite at-home set-ups:
So if you don’t have many yoga props, you can always use everyday items found around the house! Here are few alternatives:
But if you are in the market for purchasing a few accessories to spruce up your yoga space, we highly recommend supporting local, small businesses! Here are some local loves:
It's okay to start out with shorter practices as you get into the habit of creating a routine and structure around where and when you practice. Adapting and acclimatising takes time.
Also, while it's very easy to immediately jump back into your work emails or feed your pet or answer the phone when you practice at home, remember to give yourself a moment to be with your practice and let it integrate. From this place, move slowly into the rest of your day.
Well, that’s pretty much everything you would need to get set up at home! Your yoga space is officially sorted and you are now ready to stream all the online practices whenever you like. Lucky for you, there are a plethora of options for you to choose from! Try one of our free Vinny at Home practices to get you started. Tune in and enjoy!
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