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Relaxation, Exercise, and Peace At Your Fingertips: Create Your Very Own Home Yoga Studio

By Paul Rowe

Yoga provides a means for improving flexibility, strength, and mind-body awareness while reducing stress. Setting up a home yoga studio is a dream shared by many, but achieved by few. Follow these quick and easy guidelines to create your dream yoga studio right at home!

Choosing a Style

"The ultimate intent of any yoga practice is to give the student a greater piece of mind and well being. However, yoga is often practiced by many as a way of attaining greater physical strength, flexibility, and ease of movement," says Richard Lanza, owner of Open Door Yoga Studios in Braintree, Massachusetts.

There are many styles of yoga that can range anywhere from seated postures focusing on breath, to more athletic practices that involve a great deal of bodily movement.

Picking an Ideal Location in Your Home

Once a style is chosen, the next step is picking a location in the home that provides quiet space free of distraction. This may be an area of the home such as a former office, enclosed deck, patio, or living room.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that this must be a space associated with freedom, relaxation, and comfort.

Facing Challenges

"The greatest challenge of any discipline, be it yoga, mediation, exercise, or diet, is to follow through and commit to consistency of practice," says Lanza. "In the home there are many distractions that can pull one away from his or her practice."

Another challenge is not having a qualified, experienced individual to assist you in knowing if your alignment and form is correct. Many people combat this dilemma through practicing yoga using DVDs or live streaming classes: this approach is great if you have had prior instruction from a yoga instructor who can teach the subtleties of the practice.

Overall Tips & Tricks

  • Block off time in your calendar and treat yoga like any other important appointment.
  • Be patient: Yoga practice is measured in decades; not days, weeks, or months.
  • Remove self-judgment: Books are filled with thin, young, flexible people in all sorts of postures. Many of these postures are not for every "body." It is important to respect one's tightness, history of injury and trauma, and to understand the importance of moving in a way that supports your unique physical condition.
  • Move in a pain-free range of motion. Many people force stretching, thinking in terms of the old refrain, "No Pain, No Gain." Just the opposite is true. In Yoga one learns how to yield to the body and to be comfortable with the body rather than pushing it.
  • Take a deep breath: Breath awareness is fundamental to a healthy yoga practice, truly separating yoga from other forms of physical activities. It is through breath awareness that one can create greater physical health, patience, awareness, and peace of mind.
  • Setting up your own yoga studio at home may seem like a pipe dream at first, but the more you think about it, the closer it is to becoming a reality.

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