I recently had the chance to convert part of my guest bedroom into a yoga space. It would normally take me a while to tackle a home project like that, but turning an empty space into a serene workout area was much easier than I anticipated. Mostly because the task involved clearing and cleaning. In hardly no time, I transformed the area into the perfect meditating spot. Come check out these easy steps that will have you breathing and stretching easier in your own home.
- Whether it's a photo of the ocean, a statue of a Buddha, a portrait of Madonna's arms, or a plain white canvas, hang something inspirational to focus on during your exercise.
- Bring a smile to your face with a Gaiam Mat ($24). It will get you excited for your yoga routine.
- Keep your mat rolled out so it's available for you to strike a pose whenever you get the urge to stretch. Toss some Floor Cushions ($100) on the ground to slip under your bum for your meditation session - this can take some back pain out of your practice. Random pillows can make great yoga props too. Floor pillows also invite some well earned post-workout relaxation.
- If you relax better to the sound of the ocean, invest in a HoMedics Sound Machine ($26). It can help you keep track of time and block out unwanted distractions and ambient sounds.
- Breathe in delicious scents with Aromatherapy Candles ($20) or other essential oils. Install a dimmer or add a little light with something dim like Ikea's Orgel Vreten Lamp ($20) to make the room perfect for savasana.
- If you're dependent on yoga DVDs, then you probably need some sort of television or DVD player in your yoga haven.
- Enhance your mood with calm and cool wall colors like these from Restoration Hardware's Shore Paint Collection ($4 and up).
- To make sure your posture and alignment are spot on, it helps to have a full length mirror like Ikea's Hovet Mirror ($100).
- Put some real life into the room with a simple potted plant. The added cheer may just do the body good. Plus plants help purify the air - just what you need for your pranayama.
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