Beauty Retreats at Home – Yoga/Meditation Retreat
Sometimes you don’t have the time or money to go to a yoga or meditation class. Sometimes you want to do yoga at 6am in your pjs or meditate at 1am to help calm your mind so you can sleep. Setting aside a corner of your room or an entire room as a yoga and/or meditation retreat is the key to making this happen.
After you’ve taken some yoga or meditation courses, you can start your own self-practices. But there is something about having someone help direct you or the calming atmosphere that keeps us going to a class. It is hard to clear your mind when you know there is laundry piling up or bills to be paid in the other room. Here are some tips to help you create your own quite space:
1. Designate a space that will only be used for yoga/meditation. If you have a room with a door that can be used for this sole pupose, great! If not, try to find a corner of a room you can section off with a screen or other furniture.
2. Decorate this space with soothing colors, art, plants and music. If you can repaint the space, opt for a neutral or soothing color. Add simple art if you have it – you don’t want want to add too much though and make the space visually distracting. Definitely add plants to bring a sense of nature to the space. If you have a CD player or speakers for your iPod, add that too. Playing soothing music can help cover up any distracting noise (like the sound of the dishwasher or your neighbor’s tv) and transport you to a calmer place.
3. Add tools. If you use a meditation cushion in class, buy one. If you don’t have your own yoga mat (or block, or bolster, or strap), buy one. It’s much easier to follow a practice if you have the right tools.
4. Get media assistance. I can’t practice yoga on my own for more than 15minutes before I get distracted, so I use DVDs. Using a DVD can help you relax about your practice since you don’t need to think about what pose to do next. It can also be helpful for reminding you about correct posing (like remembering to relax your neck or straighten your arm) as well as reminding you to breath. Same goes for meditation – a voice to help guide you can help keep your mind from wandering off track. So use your tv, a portable DVD player, a laptop or a CD player to help you in your space.
For yoga and mediation tools, I like to visit Gaiam. They have props, mats and clothing, as wells as one of the best selections of DVDs. You can also find plenty of DVDs and relaxation CDs on Amazon.com.
What do you do to help create a yoga or meditation retreat at home? Share your tips by leaving a comment.
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