Get Inspired & Save Money with an In-Home Yoga Studio
Although the practice of yoga has been around for centuries, it has taken Americans quite some time to fully embrace it. In the past decade, however, yoga studios have popped up in almost every neighborhood of the country urging us all to get in touch with our inner yogi. Yoga’s rapid ascension into the ranks of pop culture while good for us physically and mentally has also been met with rising prices at the local yoga studio which can be financially challenging!
If you take a yoga class 1-2 times a week, that can put a $100–200 dent in your wallet each month. The good news is that yoga is one of the many complete mind and body workouts that can be done in the comfort of your own home for little to no cost. Using these tips from Rent.com, you can transform your apartment into a relaxing and peaceful yoga studio.
How to Create an In-Home Yoga Studio:
- Choose the Right Space: In order to achieve maximum balance during your yoga practice, it’s important that the floor be hard. If possible, a natural hardwood floor would be best, as it brings a feeling of nature’s beauty into your studio. The lighting within the space is also important. Try to bring as much natural light as possible into the space, as many yoga practitioners find that this helps to energize them. If you don’t have a spare bedroom, use the room that works best whether that’s your living room or your bedroom, you don’t need much space.
- Remove the Clutter: Even if it’s just for an hour of your routine, try to clear the space in your apartment around your designated studio. In order to relax and focus on your breathing, it’s important that the mind not be distracted by other material objects in the room. Push any furniture to the side, and make sure you have enough room to do all of the positions in your practice. If you prefer to incorporate inverted positions, clear the space on the walls as well.
- Create Your Atmosphere: Since the studio is within your apartment, you can control everything that interacts with your senses from sight to smell to sound. You might try burning essential oils for relaxation or energy. If you can, aim to get the temperature within your apartment between 75-85 degrees, which will allow your muscles to become fully stretched and open up the body. Lastly, listening to music during your practice may help you focus so play some music to suit your type of practice and mood. Try relaxing instrumental music if you want to calm your mind and body with a slower Ashtanga practice or perhaps your favorite pop or rock band is what you need if you’re attempting power yoga or a rapid Vinyasa flow practice. Or, maybe it’s pure silence you need to attack those advanced poses. Flying crow anyone?
- Get the Right Yoga Equipment: At the very minimum you will need a yoga mat and if you are new to yoga some instructional videos or websites. Yoga mats are intentionally made thin and meant to be placed on a hard surface as both of these factors help you maintain balance during difficult poses. There are many online stores as well as local retailers where you can purchase all your yoga supplies. Until you’ve become a master yogi, you can use the help of DVDs to get your routine started or try many of the online subscriptions which are both very affordable. Some yogis also like to have a mirror in their studio, so they can perfect poses and positions. The great thing about yoga is that the equipment is very apartment friendly and mats and blocks can easily be stored under a bed or in a closet.
Using the space within your apartment to make a yoga studio is the best way to avoid the cost and trouble of getting to the yoga studio, while also being able to enhance the aspects of your routine that give you the most satisfaction, relaxation, and peace of mind.