afriske

Creating a Yoga Space

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Hey, guys.

 

So, I'm in college which means one, I don't have a lot of space and two, I move from home back to school and back home, you know the drill.

 

I will be going back soon and I've been practicing yoga for a long time without a designated yoga space. I won't have room to really have one when I go back to school either, but I wonder if anyone has tips for creating a makeshift yoga space that requires little change to my room, but still consists of a peaceful spot.

 

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I don't know if you live near a Home Goods or Pier One store but both had yoga themed housewares recently (ceramic Buddhas, elephants, om symbol artwork, etc.). You could hunt through to find a few small decorative pieces along with some pretty pillows and pillow "poofs" that would do double duty as regular decor/extra seating along with being used to make a pretty, peaceful spot to practice. There are also some cool tapestries on etsy that you could hang and easily remove when it was time to move out. I like to practice in natural light so if you could set up by the window and add a few small plants on the sill that could be nice too! 

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EricaKaye, thank you for those ideas! Those sound great for making my small space comfortable. Hopefully I can find room for some extra items.

 

robert, yeah I was actually thinking of taking my practice outside, but there are two problems with this. 1. It's winter most of the time where I go to school. 2. I'm still afraid of what other people think of me, and I'm afraid to be seen while practicing outside. I hope I get over this though, because I love practicing outside.

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You could try getting a couple of inexpensive Japanese-style screens to block out the chaos of a shared space (if that's what you are dealing with). Also, creating a ritual at the beginning of your practice to make your space sacred would likely help.

 

I have a yoga room at home, but it used to be the guest bedroom - meaning, it was the dumping ground for whatever we didn't want to deal with at the moment! I had carved out about an 8x4 space for my practice, which wasn't much. But I practiced facing a beautiful tapestry that my mom had picked up from northern India during a service/refugee project (so it lent wonderful energy to the space), and I always lit a candle and/or burned incensed at my makeshift altar just underneath the tapestry. Doing this allowed me to practice in a sacred space.

 

Btw, it's great that you are thinking creatively and are set on maintaining your practice :-)

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Hey afriske!

 

As a recent college grad, props to you for sticking to your yoga practice! Tiny dorms are a betch. I started yoga in my last two years of undergrad and faced the same circumstances: constant moving from home to dorm, switching dorms. Also, not having a solemn home environment provided an extra challenge. To answer your post: your environment is what you make it. I've moved into an apartment, and only have my mat and accessories in one corner of the room. Nothing fancy whatsoever--it's my tried and true method. But I still look at it as my oasis. Which I've had to do for the past 2.5 years. When at home, silence didn't exist for 97% of the day, nor did I have a defined space to practice (other than the middle of a terribly cramped room). Yet, for some reason, I've had some of my most profound yoga/meditation/spiritual experiences there. My environment pushed me into a different state of mind. 

 

In short: The space you create should be in your mind, if it can't/is tough to make it literally be there. 

 

However, I have these awesome Chinese therapy balls that have a mechanism on the inside that makes them chime every time they're spun in your hand. This, too, creates a meditative space for me. Lavender satchels have a beautiful aroma, and candles are always a delicious way to get your nose involved with the entire experience. 

 

Hope this helps. Yay, college!!!  :)  :P  :ph34r:

 

:-) 

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Hey afriske!

 

As a recent college grad, props to you for sticking to your yoga practice! Tiny dorms are a betch. I started yoga in my last two years of undergrad and faced the same circumstances: constant moving from home to dorm, switching dorms. Also, not having a solemn home environment provided an extra challenge. To answer your post: your environment is what you make it. I've moved into an apartment, and only have my mat and accessories in one corner of the room. Nothing fancy whatsoever--it's my tried and true method. But I still look at it as my oasis. Which I've had to do for the past 2.5 years. When at home, silence didn't exist for 97% of the day, nor did I have a defined space to practice (other than the middle of a terribly cramped room). Yet, for some reason, I've had some of my most profound yoga/meditation/spiritual experiences there. My environment pushed me into a different state of mind. 

 

In short: The space you create should be in your mind, if it can't/is tough to make it literally be there. 

 

However, I have these awesome Chinese therapy balls that have a mechanism on the inside that makes them chime every time they're spun in your hand. This, too, creates a meditative space for me. Lavender satchels have a beautiful aroma, and candles are always a delicious way to get your nose involved with the entire experience. 

 

Hope this helps. Yay, college!!!  :)  :P  :ph34r:

 

:-) 

 

Yeah, it's super difficult!

 

Thanks for answering though! Those ideas sound great, and I'll try to keep them in mind. Love the Chinese therapy balls. Might have to invest in those.

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You could try getting a couple of inexpensive Japanese-style screens to block out the chaos of a shared space (if that's what you are dealing with). Also, creating a ritual at the beginning of your practice to make your space sacred would likely help.

 

I have a yoga room at home, but it used to be the guest bedroom - meaning, it was the dumping ground for whatever we didn't want to deal with at the moment! I had carved out about an 8x4 space for my practice, which wasn't much. But I practiced facing a beautiful tapestry that my mom had picked up from northern India during a service/refugee project (so it lent wonderful energy to the space), and I always lit a candle and/or burned incensed at my makeshift altar just underneath the tapestry. Doing this allowed me to practice in a sacred space.

 

Btw, it's great that you are thinking creatively and are set on maintaining your practice :-)

Thank you for advice! I will probably use some of these ideas in the future!

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