Creating a Yoga Space at Home

Yoga BagI always dreamed of having my own yoga space at home. When I was training to be a Yoga teacher, I would go to a class at least 4 times a week, where the structured environment allowed me to focus. The problem of course was that it felt like I was going to class because I had to, not because I wanted to. One thing I  never fully mastered, was simply being able to practise yoga on my own at home.

Yoga SpaceFinding my own Yoga self practise has taken a long time. For about a year it was only about meditating. I tentatively made my way through the Headspace packages, created a small tiny space in my walk in wardrobe and began to simply connect with my breath. For about 20 minutes every morning I would sit  and let the calm sounds guide me through a gentle meditation, with the sweet smell of a scented candle for company. At time went on, I began to envisage creating my own yoga space at home. I needed a private spot, with room to stretch and a solid floor to roll out my mat. I pondered on where and how I could make this happen in my house, the living room was too public, the bedroom too tight and the guestroom carpeted.

Yoga SpaceAround about this time, I started the decluttering course. My most major excavation was in fact my walk in wardrobe. I narrowed the whole wardrobe down to 2 rails of clothes, along with shoes and bags and by doing so I created a lot of space. I ripped up the carpet and put down wooden floors. I also had the walls painted a clean pure white. In the corner of the room, I placed a small table and with precious bits and pieces creating a yoga alter, complete with incense sticks, precious stones and calming statues.

Yoga SpaceIt seems like such an indulgence to dedicate space in the house to a pastime I only get to do every other day, if I’m lucky. But in reality I feel so blessed to be able to have this space. I like to think that it represents the space that I so badly need in my brain and in a crazy frantic world it is my own personal oasis of calm. My mat is permanently rolled out and the convenience of this means that I can fall out of bed in the morning and plant my feet on its familiar surface without even thinking. Some evenings I wander upstairs and simply sit in its calmness and appreciate its stillness. My yoga practise is still evolving. Ashtanga provides a natural flow and depending on how much time I have in the mornings, I always start with a series of sun salutations. In fact its really quite easy to work my way through the standing sequence without stopping and starting or giving up.  Sometimes I play some soft gentle background music or sometimes I count the sanskrit movements that I learnt (by heart it seems) when I was training to be a teacher.

Yoga is of course a journey – a life time journey and right now creating a Yoga Space at home is where my journey is at.

 

 

Yoga classes, Chakras and Meditation

Yoga, Chakras and meditationAfter my recent misadventures with my lower back, I was finally ready to go back to Yoga Classes this weekend and attend a Chakras workshop. Of late, it seems that I have had more returns to yoga than uninterrupted practise [see here]. But such is life. To celebrate, I bought myself a Manduka skidless yoga towel with ‘dots that grip so you don’t slip’. This towel goes over your yoga mat to avoid slipping and also helps you avoid getting stuck in jump backs or jump throughs. Perfect, if like me, you are still learning how to glide through seated postures with ease.

 

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