Virginia Woolf wrote a book on the topic. A lot of yogis are doing it. What is it? It's creating a room of one's own. After all, for a regular yoga practitioner, what could be better but a yoga/meditation room of his/her own?
My husband and I are moving to Long Island, New York in June, and the house-hunting has commenced. While some house-hunters look for extras like fireplaces, jacuzzi tubs, and the like, I am looking for a yoga room. One of my top priorities is to have my very own space to practice and meditate. I don't care if it's a room upstairs, a room in a finished basement, or a detached (and heated) garage-type structure that's on the home's property so long as it's my very own space for my daily yoga, meditation, and pranayama practice.
Once my yoga therapist training is complete, I will be offering a traveling yoga service in which I'll go to client's houses for private yoga and yoga therapy sessions. I want to offer the convenience of yoga in one's home. As a yoga teacher, I hear a lot of people complain that they don't have time to trek all the way to a yoga studio, practice for 90 minutes, and then trek back home. Enter the home yoga studio and the home yoga practice.
Last year, USA Today published an article on the surge in folks creating their very own yoga space at home. Read the story here. Before reading this article, I would unfurl my mat in the main living room area of my house and my meditation mat sat in a corner of the living room. Since I rise at 5:00AM to do my practice, I don't have conflicts. Still, my brain started visualizing my very own yoga space complete with props, yoga shrine, zafus, etc.
I'm happy to say that that visualization is going to become a reality this summer. And I can't wait! I imagine I'll be spending a lot of time in that room. In fact, I have a feeling that my husband is going to have trouble dragging me from it!
If you're thinking of creating your very own yoga space, check out this great article for layout and decorating tips.
I've already purchased a Lululemon manifesto poster for the wall of my new yoga space. I'm going to be browsing through the Dharma Crafts catalog for more goodies for my room. I'm not exactly the home/interior decorator type, but I know that I will be when it comes to setting the mood in my yoga room.
Here's to a yoga room of one's own!