No matter what the budget, there is nothing to prevent almost anyone who is really into yoga from setting up a designated room. One advantage of incorporating a yoga room into the home is that it can be furnished in a style that generates the feeling of relaxation and well-being; this is essential if the exercises are to be as beneficial as possible. Another asset is that the individual is relaxed and in the most receptive mental state immediately prior to beginning each yoga session; having to move furniture around to create space, or gathering together all the necessary equipment and ancillary items before starting a session, is hardly conducive to achieving the optimum state of mind. What’s more, rearranging the space at the conclusion of the exercise is likely to negate many of the benefits achieved.
Ideally, the home will have a spare room which can readily be converted into a yoga room. Failing that, many properties will have an under-utilized garage, conservatory, garden room, guest bedroom or loft space that could serve as a part-time yoga room. If the space is large enough it may be possible to erect permanent partition walling, or perhaps folding screens.
Creating the optimum environment
A yoga room should exude an atmosphere of calm and relaxation, so painting the walls in bright vibrant colors is best avoided. Instead, it’s better to opt for earthy neutral shades and add traditional Indian wall-hangings, rugs and accessories. If the room is too bright, installing window shutters could be good solution; these can be painted a suitable color to match the rest of the décor and allow varying levels of diffused light to enter.
The overall ambiance of the space can be enhanced by creating a focal point; for example, a feature plant, sculpture or favorite piece of wall art. This effect is completed by adding floor lights and scented candles.
Yoga requires only a small number of essential pieces of equipment, the basics being a mat, strap, blanket and block. If working to a tight budget, a scarf, towel or belt can easily take the place of a strap, while an everyday bedroom blanket or pillow make perfectly adequate substitutes for a true yoga blanket.
If inversion poses such as the handstand, also know as adho mukha vrksasana, supported headstand (salamba sirsasana), feathered peacock (pincha mayurasana) or plow (halasana) are to be undertaken, a suitable section of wall should be kept clear.
Many individuals use recorded videos as training aids, so space needs to be set aside for a television and DVD player. These items should be placed in a convenient location that is easy to see when exercising. Music plays an integral part of any yoga session and is another requirement to be considered, whether it is provided by an iPod or similar device, or by a CD player.
In conclusion, remember that a yoga room should be minimalistic and free of unnecessary clutter, in much the same way as the mind is cleared and focused. What’s more, if the room is to be used for other purposes from time to time, the less there is to store away the better.