How are you doing? Are you feeling like a yogi everyday? Or perhaps you feel like my friend who told me she was out of sorts when she couldn't get to a yoga class. If you can relate to that, then this third week of National Yoga Month would be a great time to create a yoga space in your own home.
Three Simple Steps to setting up your home yoga space this week:
1. Investigate where it would actually feel good for you to do yoga poses in your home. Walk around and feel what the different rooms or spaces feel like to you. Perhaps the space at the foot of your bed feels more supportive for yoga than your living room does. Be selective. If you do not feel good in the space, you will not practice any yoga poses there, and therefore, it will not become your yoga space. And then you will be back to feeling out of sorts and have to get to a studio (in the rain, the snow or in 98% humidity).
2. Find your yoga mat and any yoga props you have at home. If you do not own a yoga mat Go Get One Today. While you are out, buy two yoga blocks and a yoga belt too. When you have your yoga mat come back for the next step. If you need a mat, please make sure it is eco-friendly. This guide can help: https://www.consumersadvocate.org/yoga-mats
3. Put your mat down in your yoga space and have a seat, maybe on your yoga block or a blanket. Take a few breaths in and out, breathing gently and evenly. Now bring your hands to your heart and chant OM three times. As you know, OM is the sound of the Universe, that vast energetic space of unconditional love from which we all originate and to which we all return. By chanting OM on your mat, you have invited the peaceful energy of unconditional love into your yoga space.
Beyond these three simple steps, it is up to you to create more of what you love in your space. You might add some inspiration with a small alter or an image that invokes a peaceful or joyful feeling within you. And at least one yoga book to refer to is advisable.
Say yes to visiting your mat for at least ten minutes a day over the next week and notice how the energy in your space builds as your commitment to your yoga practice builds.