I decided to write an article about creating your own yoga space at home. Speaking with many beginner and intermediate yogis I discovered a common theme to everyone’s voice on keeping a consistent practice throughout the week, throughout the year. The commonality was finding time. The majority talked about practicing at home, but it lacked the…….spirit, the external motivation, the yogi smell, the visuals! They wanted to maintain their practice but save the time of commuting all the way to their nearest group class. A ubiquitous theme. I shared a few tips with many of them, who encouraged me to get all these tips down in writing and post online for others. These 5 tips utilize tragic common sense, but when understanding the reasons behind the tips, it makes more sense. Yoga Mat Towel

1. Choose a dedicated area - This is the most important of the 5 tips. There’s a strong psychological tie supporting this effort. For example, if you work a desk job at an office, when you get there in the morning, you probably don’t slip into a deep subliminal relaxation. It’s because you spend all your time at this desk performing important (possibly stressful) tasks, so your subliminal tie to this space is stress related / productivity related. Conversely, when you arrive at your all time favorite spa to pamper yourself, you don’t tense mentally thinking about deadlines and emails. Its purely because this dedicated space has one purpose and it’s never colluded / corrupted with the stress of work life. It’s your happy place. This must be the guiding principal when setting up your dedicated home yoga “studio”! If you can have an entire room in your house, that’s amazing. That is ideal. If it can only the corner of room, that’s fine, just try to erect a slight partition. And keep this space clear at all times. You shouldn’t have to move anything out of the way when it’s time to start your practice. It should always be game ready. And most importantly,…..do not sit in this area with your laptop. Do not sit in this area while you’re on the phone. Don’t corrupt your new happy place with stress.

2. Choose colors for your new studio that are calming. There’s incredible neurological evidence that shows how different colors set different moods. Science shows the colors with the most calming effect are ones that are muted & mild in intensity. Muted means a semi-gloss or matte, instead of very shiny. Mild colors would be a pale blue instead of a strong navy blue. Warm earth tones such as tan, creme, off white are found most often in professional yoga studios because they are not dominant and they attempt to reference mother nature, earth, soil, growth. If you’re able to paint the walls in your new yoga studio that’s great. If painting isn’t an option you can hang large fabric tapestries in the colors just mentioned. This also gives mild texture to the space. But keep the patterns to a minimum so they don’t distract you.

3. Light. Plays such an important role in setting the mood during a yoga practice. 100% natural light is ideal. If that’s not possible, see if you can install a dimmer switch/dial on your fixture lighting so you’re able to mute the artificial light and create a calming mood. Another option is to buy/create natural cotton lamp shades which can physically dim the lighting as needed.

4. Accessorize your new studio with as little as possible. The most common accessory though is candles and/or aromatherapy scents. The sense of smell is our strongest of the senses. Find your scent. And only use it while your practicing or relaxing so you can reinforce that strong mental connection. This is the quickest way to calm your overactive mind and slip into the proper mindset for a successful yoga session.

5. Yoga only has a few accessories needed. The obvious is the mat. Choose a quality mat for a few reasons: durability, grip & cushioning. All important factors. Beyond the functionality there’s many printed yoga mat options that give a very cool visual impact. One of the first printed yoga mat companies on the market are those by www.Vagabond-Goods.com. They feature quality mats with very progressive artistic images that will definitely inspire. The only other important accessory is a block. You can certainly make one yourself if you’re crafty, or purchase one online. This simply assists you on certain moves if you can’t reach the full stretch. Other accessories would just be for visual reference if you have images, pictures, shapes or materials that you’ve always connected with on a spiritual or creative level. Definitely be selective when Adding items to accessorize your new studio. It can quickly become cluttered and that would Definitely be Detrimental. Yoga and meditation is intended to cleanse and eliminate unneeded elements, energy, thoughts. The same pertains to physical objects.

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Are you having trouble picking out the right yoga mat? There are a lot of options available and selecting the best yoga mat can be a rather frustrating task.

Yoga not only helps quiet the mind but is also a great way to remain healthy and fit. Similar to other exercises, there are accessories used during yoga. Perhaps the most significant tool for practicing yoga is the Yoga mat.

So here are some of the tips to buy the best yoga mat!

Material

Some premium mats are made of biodegradable, natural rubber or polymers that are eco friendly, however the odor of these mats can be offensive. PVC mats are generally more affordable, and they give good grip and stability. If you want to buy a PVC mat make sure it is latex and phthalate free.

Size

Yoga mats range in length from 60" to 75" The bigger mats are generally more comfortable as compared to shorter mats however they can be heavy and bulky. The standard yoga mat size is 24”x72” which should work perfectly for most yogis.

Thickness

There are varying widths available in yoga mats. If you practice yin or restorative yoga you should definitely consider a thicker 1/4 inch mat. Also people who have sensitive knees and wrists may prefer the thicker mats on the market. If you prefer a light weight mat or travel a lot you may prefer to purchase a 1/8 inch travel mat or a yoga mat towel instead

Grip

The last thing you want to worry about during your asanas is slipping and sliding on your new mat. Some yoga mats fail to provide a strong grip when they are wet. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you do slip , use a fun printed yoga towel on top of your mat. Avoid mats that are too sticky they may prevent easy transitions while changing poses.

In conclusion. Take time when selecting your mat. Yoga is an individual journey. With such a large variety of options for yoga mats choose one that works for you. Some of there expensive mats may be Worth the Investment. Some have better grip, and may last longer, Others may have prints and designs that will help you focus and add joy to your daily practice.

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