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Claiming Your Yoga Space

| by Everything Yoga

When I started my home practice, I simply unfurled my yoga mat wherever I happened to have space (which, at the time, was in the living room). I didn't really have an official yoga space (I could have used this back then). One of the things that appealed to me about yoga was that I didn't need all of this stuff to practice. Yet, as time went on, I desired a dedicated space in which to practice. Or, more precisely, I longed to create a space that reflected the sacredness of the time I spent with myself on my yoga mat/meditation cushion.

That's when I commandeered a corner and christened it my yoga/meditation space. Yes, a corner wasn't all that much space but somehow I made it work. Interestingly enough, I became conditioned a la Pavlov's Dogs -- whenever I planted myself in that space I could feel the calm settling over me. If I found myself resisting practice, I would plant myself in my little corner to get snap myself out of my stupor.

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Luckily, these days my corner has expanded into an entire room. A lot of care and thought went into decorating this space in an attempt to make it mine (after years of having only a corner, I went a little hog wild once I got a whole room). I decorated with the five senses and the elements in mind, using luxurious materials, rocks, plants, vibrant colors, different textures, etc.

If you have some space that you'd like to claim for yoga and/or meditation -- whether it's a corner or an entire room -- here are some helpful resources:

The truth is, there's no right or wrong when it comes to creating a yoga/meditation space -- it only has to reflect you and your taste and intention. You could add statues or pictures or talismans or prized possessions or plants or whatever else invokes a feeling of sacredness.

What I've realized is that it even though I have more space than I once did, it's not the amount of space that makes it special for me -- it's how I've filled the space.

How are you filling your yoga/meditation space?

Namaste!