Locations for Doing YogaOne of the keys to maintaining a regular, happy yoga practice is designing a location that calls to you. Each of us is different. Each of us will have a type of location that works best. Not only that, but the real world also imposes practical restrictions on us. If we have a tiny trailer house, then dedicating an entire large wood-floored room to yoga probably won't work out. However, there is often a way to think creatively and to design a place that works quite nicely.
Here are some photos of places I've set up in my own home.
My ideal place to do yoga is the back porch. In the warmer months I have a plethora of plants and herbs around me. I often run my hands through my rosemary plant before I begin my session, to release the delightful fragrance. The hummingbird feeders hang right in front of me, bringing a delightful swarm of color in the late summer. There are buzzing bees, fluttering butterflies, orange day-lilies, and much more.
This is of course a location affected by nature. In the winter it's too cold to be on the back porch, so my available months are usually late April through November. Even in those months it can be too cold, too hot, too rainy, too windy, and so on. I therefore treasure each day that I can be outside.
I often have to time my yoga based on the weather of the day. In full summer I go in the morning or evening. In mosquito months I try to avoid dusk. In cooler weather I go exactly for midday when it's the warmest. So here I have to match my cycle up with what nature is providing to me.
I can use candles in the evening.
Outside Yoga Ideas and Photos
When the outside world just isn't hospitible for yoga, my next bext thing is to be in the kitchen looking out on the back porch, and the feeder beyond. In the winter months, especially, this is great. The back sliding glass window faces west so I get the sun all afternoon long through this window. All our plants are against this window in the winter, so I get my gardenia, petunias, our pepper plants, the rose, and other plants to keep me company.
In the winter the hummingbird feeders on the shepherd's crook get traded for a suet feeder and a sunflower seed feeder. You can just barely see them in the center of this photo. They are off the back side of the porch. In essence in this photo we're looking through the glass at the location that I do yoga at in the summer.
Yes, this is a tight spot. I have to move the kitchen table chair to make room. To the right immediately off-picture is the start of the kitchen counter. I don't want to slide the mat further right, though, because then I'd just be facing the wine fridge as I did yoga. As much as I like wine, that's not an ideal view :).
Inside Yoga Ideas and Photos
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