Creating a sanctuary within your home for yoga or meditation is a great idea that allows you to slip away for a needed respite during a hectic day. Those of you who have practiced your yoga routine in a hotel room will attest that the space you set aside does not have to be large, but it will need to have the elements of simplicity, quiet, balance and oneness with nature. The ideal space would have a serene view of a garden or natural elements. If you cannot use an entire room, a Japanese-style folding partition can easily define the area.For meditation, a beautiful zafu cushion from is the perfect item to showcase in your space. The 100 percent cotton cover is filled with buckwheat and, as a seat, the zafu cushion helps bring length and alignment to the spine.You can also find comfortable meditation chairs, which are low slung chairs styled to support a lotus position and a combination of the two would be ideal.
If you cannot escape the sounds of a busy household, soothing music or a meditative tape can aid in relaxation. Place a small mp3 player, CD player or iPod dock in the space and keep your favorite CDs nearby to keep the environment as serene and peaceful as possible. A trickling fountain or water feature will work nicely as well.
Whether your own personal “Zen den” has wood flooring, carpeting or tile, a yoga mat is an essential component to the space. Look for one made from eco-friendly TPE, which is an excellent choice for those passionate about the planet and their practice. These are available in a multitude of colors so keep your room in mind when choosing this to complement your sanctuary. For those worried about germs in the home, chose a yoga mat featuring a unique closed-cell structure that blocks moisture, germs and odors from absorbing into the mat.
Bring an element of nature into the space, whether it be a tiny Bonsai tree or a favorite potted plant to enliven the space. If at all possible, the designated area should have a window or a door to allow the eyes to travel and view an element of nature, even if it is simply the sky.
To set the mood and your intention in the time you set to practice, the correct lighting is essential. If you cannot alter the lighting of a shared space or add dimming switches to your lights, try lighting a candle. The gentle flickering and chosen scent make candles the perfect light anytime you need to reflect or reconnect with your moods and emotions.
Keeping you dry during your moments of practice within your own private sanctuary, a mat towel is absorbing, comforting and slip-resistant, allowing you to become one with your mat without losing your rhythm. After use, it can be placed in the washing machine for a quick wash, all in the comfort of your own home.
Whether you designate an entire room for your new home yoga sanctuary or simply section off a small space in a shared living area, this should be a place you long to come to each day for peace and reflection. Dedicating this space will also make it easier for you to maintain the habit of your routine and the benefits of regular yoga and meditation are invaluable. Make it yours!
Sano Stante Real Estate represents luxury and unique homes in Calgary’s inner city and provides expert real estate service. If you have a question about Calgary real estate please call us. We’ll be glad to help.