I love doing my yoga practice at home for myriad reasons. A key advantage in these days of escalating gas prices is that I don't have to drive anywhere and rack up my weekly gasoline bill. I simply walk downstairs to my lower level family room, roll out my mat and stretch. I have complete freedom to practice whenever I choose. My dedicated yoga space is always there awaiting me. Currently, I practice in my lower-level family room which has the most floor space in the house.
Creating a personal space for your yoga practice helps to strengthen your commitment to a daily practice. The spaces in which people who do yoga at home vary widely from using an extra bedroom to carving out a quiet corner of a room to a studio space built just for yoga practice. Practicing regularly in a dedicated space in your home also allows you to cultivate a clear, peaceful yoga mindset that is triggered whenever you touch down on your mat. I believe the most important elements of your home yoga space are having few or no visual distrations, moderate temperature - neither too hot or cold- and sufficient space so you can move your entire body freely. You can enhance your space by decorating it with candles, flowers, and soothing prints. Finally, visualizing yourself to be in a tranquil spot - near a mountain or by the ocean (I often bring to mind a beautiful mountain and ocean view from a wonderful trip more than 20 years ago to the beautiful isle of Martinque) as you enter your dedicated space can help keep your practice fresh.
Yoga Quotation of the Day: "If you have a yoga room, you'll use it, and the beautiful thing is that all you really need is a floor." Sandy Lawrence - Yoga Teacher