How to create a quiet area or room for yoga / meditation and relaxation….If you’re hoping to start a yoga or meditation practice, it is a good idea to have a designated area which you can ideally leave set up and ready for your next session. Research shows you are much more likely to ‘step on the mat’ (or sit on your meditation cushion!) if it is rolled out and ready to go. Many people won’t have a whole room to dedicate to their practice, so an area of a bedroom or segment of a spare room is ideal. You don’t need loads of space, if you can fit a yoga mat, that’s all you need (even if you are just using the area for meditation and are not intending to practice yoga, a yoga mat is great, not only for ‘holding the space’ for your quiet area, but it also adds warmth and comfort to your spot. (Check out ‘Creating a Zen Den‘ for more).
There are lots of things you can bring to your special area to help create a feeling of calm. My top items would be candles, incense, crystals, a plant or two, yoga/meditation/inspirational books and a Buddha statue or something similar. If you have enough space, a small bookcase or table to set all your items on would be fab. You could hang an inspirational picture or poster, a dream catcher or anything else you find inspiring, on the wall. A cosy throw or luxury blanket is essential for both meditating or Savasana (relaxation after yoga).
Aromatherapy is great for creating balance and calm, you could burn oils in a diffuser or light your favourite scented candle. You can even buy roll on aromatherapy roller balls which simply roll the oil directly onto your wrists! How quick and easy is that!? Incense and yoga and meditation go hand in hand. I love the smell of Nag Champa, it transports me straight back to the temples we visited when travelling through Asia, and it now reminds me of my local yoga studio. I love to burn it at home to inspire my yoga and meditation practice. There are so many varieties of incense now, jasmine, frankincense, aloe vera, vanilla, lemongrass, patchouli, to name but a few. My favourite scent for my diffuser at the minute is lavender, so calming, I just love it!
Houseplants are a must for a bringing a sense of serenity to your home and your yoga/meditation area. Not only do they bring a feeling of nature and the natural world indoors, but they actually purify the air and produce oxygen, definitely what you want for your sanctuary! When I set up the first of my two relaxation areas in our home (I have a spare room that I use for yoga and a corner of a conservatory that I use for reading, meditating or just chilling out away from the TV and the chaos of our household), I became obsessed with houseplants! My love for them really blossomed (pardon the pun) and I now have over 100 houseplants around our home.
If there isn’t enough light in your designated area, you could always use a grow light for plants; you can buy plant bulbs relatively cheaply, just pop one into an ordinary lamp and place it beside your plants (you will need to have it on for around 12 hours a day though if there is very little natural light in your room). If you don’t want to have a lamp on for this length of time or if you don’t have time to water plants, you could use fake plants; you can find some very realistic looking ones.
Yogamats: Even if yoga isn’t your thing and you are just using your space for meditation, a yoga mat is great for ‘holding the space’ and it provides a bit of warmth and comfort under your mediation cushion if you’re using one. There are so many gorgeous yoga mats to choose from, so depending on your needs you can find the right one to suit you. Have a look in my yoga mat for beginners post for recommendations.
Crystals: If you have an interest in crystals, they are definitely a must for your relaxation area. If you’ve never had an interest in crystals, you should definitely consider them. Crystals are not only pleasing to look at, they have used in healing therapy for centuries. Crystals vibrate at certain frequencies; they absorb, hold and diffuse energy. Crystals are excellent for assisting you in your meditation practice; you can simply hold them in your hand or you could try one of the many layouts recommended for meditation. You can simply place them in your area, programming them with intent to provide calmness to your area. There are so many beautiful calming crystals to choose from. Have a look at my crystal section for more info.
Sounds: You could use an MP3 player, a CD player or simply download relaxing music to your phone. Nature sounds, soft classical, piano, flute, harp; or any soothing instrumental music that you enjoy. You could download meditations to your phone if you prefer guided meditation. There are many great apps for relaxing music and meditations.
These are just a few ideas to get you started, you could sit down with a notepad and pen and make a list of all the items that spring to mind when you think of what would create a calming and relaxing space for you. Even if this is items that you can’t afford at the minute, write it down and aspire to acquire them at a later date. You can add bits and pieces as you go. I love charity shops for finding interesting and unusual items (and they’re cheap too!).
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