Do not let a lack of space deter you from practicing yoga at home. Place moveable furniture units or easy-to-lift chairs in this space. Choose a quiet part of your home to avoid distractions, else play soothing music to drown external noise. Sunlight is best but if it is not available, replace harsh lights with dim lights, candles or lamps that help you relax. Keep it slightly dark.
I live in a small studio apartment – so I sleep, work, live and practice yoga in the same room. I don’t have the luxury of a separate space to practice; there’s just enough space for my yoga mat on the floor. However, the act of moving a chair out of the way, lighting a candle and rolling out my mat has become a little ritual that creates the mental space for me to practice yoga.
Creating a proper yoga space in your home is essential for practicing yoga. Having the space will also encourage you to practice yoga more often which can help reduce your stress and improve your health.
1. Make the Space ‘Multi-Functional’
Designing a yoga space with 6 feet in all directions may seem impossible to the apartment-dweller stuck with small rooms but you can design the area by making the space multi-functional. The best way to do this is to fill the area you set aside with easy-to-move furniture and storage items like a storage unit on wheels or easy-to-lift chairs and a coffee table.
When you want to practice yoga, carry the furnishings into the hallway or wherever else you have space (like the kitchen or a closet). Comfortable-apartment-living means making the most of all of your space. You can also set aside adequate clear space for yoga by making sure the area has other functions when you’re not using it for yoga.
2. Make Sure the Area is Quiet
When choosing your yoga space, you should try to pick the quietest area in your home where you can make the room. Because yoga relies heavily on your ability to relax and free your mind of distractions. Therefore, you don’t want to be inundated with traffic noises, noisy neighbors and barking dogs. You can also play relaxing music in an attempt to drown out the other noises and help you set the mood.
3. Set the Mood with Lighting
Although not always avoidable, practicing yoga under the harsh glare of the light-bulb can make your practice less relaxing. Practicing yoga with natural sunlight can lift your spirits. If natural sunlight is not available to you, using dimmed light bulbs or battery operated candles can give you enough light to see what you’re doing but also help relax you by keeping the room slightly darker with less glare.
Create The Right Yoga Space
Remember that a proper yoga space allows for adequate movement. It is also quiet, relaxing and as an apartment dweller, is easy to use for another function when you’re not practicing. Even in the smallest of spaces, you can make space for yoga when you use these principles to create the space.
Having a home practice means that I can practice yoga regularly and tailor it to the amount of time I have and what I need that day for. I try to go to a studio at least twice a week to make sure I’m maintaining good form and have a sense of yoga community.