The first time I sat on a yoga mat,
My teacher said this is an hour for you,
Tears streamed down my face.
I couldn’t remember the last time I had taken and hour for ME?
I was BUSY everything about my life was BUSY.
That hour a week changed my life being on the mat is like landing home again.
To get into the routine of a regular practice especially at home it’s important to set up your home that’s why I love merging my two passions together – Yoga and Feng Shui.
This is a question I often get asked.
Where is the best place Feng Shui place for me to practice yoga in my home?
Your yoga practice is your sacred practice and setting up the space to support you and your practice is so important. Showing up on the mat is the a huge part of the practice if your space is distracting, full of clutter and badly positioned you will be less inclined to practice and loose that hour for you.
Choosing the right part of your home.
In Feng Shui each part of your home represents a different part of your life, the spiritual & personal development area of your home is the the northeast area of your home this doesn’t mean that you have to practice in this area as it could be your loo and that would be awkward.
You can energise this area of your home to improve your practice and commitment to your practice by storing your yoga mat there, place some yoga books in this area, create an altar in this space with something symbolic of your yoga practice.
You have to use the spaces you have got in your home where ever you need to practice make sure you set it up for your practice and intentionally create the boundary that this is your yoga practice time and be in yoga mode only – light a candle or some incense to signal this is your ‘yoga’ time. It is very much around the intentionality, so If you are going to have to start working in the space and hour or two later, make sure you pack away your yoga gear / mat and then set up for work, clearly mark the difference in activity in that area. If you have to use your bedroom to practice, then set out clear boundaries there too. If you have room for a mat then set that area up and when you have finished practice you roll it up and put it away.
Place yourself in the Power Position.
One of the most important things for you as you practice is to make sure that you can see the door and that you have a wall behind you. If you have the door behind you, you are in a vulnerable place as you can’t see what’s coming at you while you are in your practice.
Keep the space clear of clutter and clear out anything old and no longer serving you in the area, whether you have your own house, share a house or rent a room, start with one cupboard or closet and move slowly through your space, don’t try to tackle it all at once. Clear out things that don’t serve you, bring you joy or relate to your life now and where you want it to go – it will help reduce overwhelm and surprisingly energise you to practice yoga more consistently.
Clear the space energetically; you can cleanse the space using sage or Palo Santo. Layer incense cleansing with bells, chimes or bowls then spritz something like rose water around the space too so you are really getting into all the levels of vibrational energy that could get stuck, especially in corners. This could be done at the start and end of your practice to firstly prepare the space and secondly clear away any energy that was released during your practice.
Set positive intentions for your practice; Use visualisations to expand out the positive energy you intend to create with.
Setting up your space and creating a clear boundary around your practice will make it easier to drop into your home practice and continue to roll the mat out.