With most people’s busy schedule, it can be a challenge to get into the “sweet spot” of meditation or yoga. It’s important to be aware if your home space is helping or slowing you down on your road to self-acceptance and self-love.
One of the pillars of yoga is to “calm the fluctuations of your mind”. How do your home habits promote that? Here are some easy suggestions:
1) Remove any distractions. It would be better to stare at an empty wall than a book shelf. This also includes electronics–Turn your phone to “airplane mode” to ensure no text messages are received. This time is for you. Try to have natural light behind you.
2) Keep that space just for yoga or meditation if possible. A positive and simple association with that small part of your home will save you time to get to your zen “sweet spot”.
3) If you’re not using your yoga mat, roll it up and put it away.
4) There are things to put in the space: objects that elicit thoughts for your spiritual journey. Something that reminds you of the purity of your practice. People tend to like Buddha statues, but it can be anything. My friend has a glass statue of a bird from her grandmother, who introduced her to spirituality.
5) You can put an essential oil on your wrist or hands before you begin.
6) Try not to meditate or do yoga on a full stomach.
A life with intervals to quiet the mind and focus on your breath can bring so many benefits to you. These are some ways to help along the process.
About the Author: Leah Wolfe has a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy and is a certified Vinyasa instructor. In 2014, she founded “Wellness at the Workplace,” a company devoted to promoting overall health and fitness to produce a happier, more productive work environment.