Relaxation is key when you’re practising yoga.
If you don’t feel relaxed, it’s hard to focus your mind and flow from one posture to another. That’s why your practise space is so important. If you practise in a room that makes you feel uncomfortable, you’ll find it almost impossible to relax.
Thankfully, our experts are here to help. By following our advice, you’ll be able to recreate the relaxing feel of a yoga studio without stepping a foot outside your home.
Pick Your Place
Choosing the right spot is vital.
It doesn’t have to be a big space, just a quiet space away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. You don’t want any distractions, so turn your phone off and leave it in another room.
Hard flooring is preferable to soft flooring as it provides better balance when practising yoga postures. It’s also important you feel relaxed, so make sure your area is clean and clutter-free.
Make It Yours
Whether it’s a plant, candles or Buddha sculpture, create a haven of relaxation by decorating your space with pictures and objects that bring you calm, happy energy.
Diffusers, wax melts and incense sticks also help to create a calming ambience, as some scents are proven to aid meditation, relax the mind and increase your spiritual awareness.
Prep your space so that your yoga mat is rolled up, tucked away and ready to use.
If you use a yoga brick or belt, you should store these in your area too. Keep them in a wooden crate or box to de-clutter your area and make it feel more zen.
If you’re just starting out and don’t have any equipment, check out our full range of yoga mats.
Pick Your Playlist
Best to give that 80s playlist a miss for a while.
If you really want to get in touch with your spiritual side, choose a playlist of calming songs or sounds. The more relaxing, the better, as it’ll help you control your breathing and drift into a state of relaxation.
This YouTube video by Soothing Relaxation is a fantastic example: https://bit.ly/2yX2siy
Keep Things Close
Keep everything you need within easy reach.
That means a towel to wipe you down, water to keep you hydrated, and any props you plan on using. When you’re entering a state of relaxation, you don’t want to be getting up to fetch something because it’s too far away.
If you’re new to yoga, take a look at our post on Yoga – Where to Start?