One of the most challenging aspects about practicing yoga or meditation at home is distraction. When you enter a spiritual sanctuary, such as a yoga studio, you leave your cell phone outside, no one interrupts you unexpectedly, and your to-do list is put on pause as you dedicate yourself to the class. However, when you’re in your own home, these things are more difficult to let go of. A sacred space is a valuable yoga and mediation technique that helps to keep you centered and to develop your spirituality when practicing on your own.
Designate space for practice.
Pick somewhere specific in your home as your sacred space. Try to find somewhere that is already free of distractions, such as electronics, work, and daily tasks. It’s also important to make sure that others won’t disturb you in this space (so the living room may not be the best place). If you have a spare bedroom or a room that doesn’t get used frequently, that could be the ideal place to turn into your spiritual retreat. Once you designate a yoga and meditation room, avoid bringing distractions near it to keep it sacred and specifically for your practice.
Create comfort and practicality.
Give yourself the comfort you need in order to stay in your space. You may want a yoga mat, bolster or meditation cushion, and a blanket. Always keep these things nearby so you don’t have to pause your practice in order to find them. A timer or small clock will also be useful so that you don’t have to worry about how much time you have.
A great meditation technique is to use tools that tune you into your body through each of the five senses:
- Sound- Play a tranquil CD, a singing bowl or a tuned wind chime to send pleasure-producing chemicals throughout your body and to bring you into a deeper meditative state.
- Smell-Aromatherapy can be used for different goals such as to calm or energize your mind and body. If you don’t have an oil diffuser, boil water and place it in a bowl. Add a few drops of oil such as lavender, which has a calming effect, and the scent will disperse throughout the room. You can also burn your favorite incense, or Palo Santo Wood, which will also help to clear and cleanse the energy of your sacred space.
- Taste-Enjoying a cup of tea can help give you a peaceful mindset as you prepare for your practice.
- Sight- A raw crystal is a beautiful and unique piece to display. You can chose a healing crystal that holds powers that resonate with you and your intention, such as Pink Tourmaline in Quartz to bring joy, positivity, and love into your life, or a piece of Black Tourmaline to clear your mind of clutter and negativity.
- Touch- Manifest your goals by setting an intention while using a complementing healing stones and holding them during meditation. Another powerful way to set your intentions while meditating is to physically write them down on a piece of paper and place them in front of you. Place one of your crystal points atop your written intention to direct it up to the universe to manifest more quickly. Feel free change the healing crystals as you grow and work on different goals.
Creating a sacred space for yoga and meditation at home will help keep you centered and help you maintain the practice. You’ll look forward to your practice when you have a space you know you can release and focus much as you do in a studio.
Do you have a sacred space at home; maybe one using our healing crystals? We’d love to see it! Tag @energymuse on Instagram to share your space with us!