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7 Stylish Design Ideas for a Yoga Space

7 Stylish Design Ideas for a Yoga Space

It’s nice to have a comfortable retreat from all the noise, traffic, pollution, and many other unpleasant encounters throughout the day.  A comfortable yoga space in or outside your home is a perfect place to practice, unwind, and release stress.

So here are 7 design ideas to help you create a chic yoga space that meets your specifications.

1. Pillows

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Pillows are great way to make your space very cozy and colorful.  I really like exotic Indian pillows and beautiful Moroccan style.  Sometimes really nice pillows can add up but you can start with a few and eventually get more if you’re on a budget.


2. Plants

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Plants add so much life to a space and also bring with them cleaner air.  There are so many plants to choose from, from small plants to some 5 feet tall.  It’s important to be sure to take care of plants.  I have been known to be a plant killer and don’t always have the time to really monitor them.  You can buy artificial ones if you don’t have the necessary time or adequate lighting to ensure they thrive.


3. Altar or Shrine

An altar is really nice to have and allows additional storage for candles, small plants, statutes, books, scripture, etc.  It’s also a great place to sit and meditate.  Some people get really creative and make their own with wood.  Unfortunately, I’m not very artsy and would end up ruining the piece of furniture.  If you’re like me, you can buy a small table shelf, or even purchase a more traditional looking one.


4. Wall Décor

27Buddha27+Graphic+Art+Print+on+Wrapped+Canvas+in+SilverA popular choice is Buddha canvas art or paintings but there are so many different ones to choose from.I have seen some really cool wall tapestries with a Boho mandala design.  You’re not strictly limited to Asian décor and you can choose whatever art work or wall art that you desire.


5. Rugs

Rugs are great and are pretty much a necessity if your yoga space has hardwood floors. You can also use rugs on carpet to really make that area of the home comfortable.  You can keep it simple with just one rug if you prefer a minimalist design or you can really get creative and have different colors to match with different pillows and art work.


6. Water Feature

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Water naturally has such a calming effect and is ideal, especially if you’re a fan of Feng Shui. A water feature can really make your yoga space peaceful and very eye catching.There are different types of water features such as fountains that flow into rocks and much larger ones. Whatever your heart desires! I have purchased one in the past and you have to be sure to use distilled water instead of tap.


7. Décor Accents

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You can choose anything from Buddha statutes, to candles, shelves, plates, etc.  There are so many different ways to create an eclectic space.  What I really like about accents is you can usually purchase many things at once rather spending a fortune on expensive artwork.  They also add a warm and personable feel to your space.

You can create the ultimate yoga retreat within you’re own home!  Thank you for reading.  Namaste.

 

Unleash your Creativity through the Sacral Chakra

Unleash your Creativity through the Sacral Chakra

“Yoga releases the creative potential in life.” -B.K.S. Iyengar

There’s nothing more frustrating than suffering from writer’s block and constantly shredding rough drafts. Creativity is important for many artists that have jobs that depend on constantly creating fresh and innovative content. Rather than pulling your hair out, you can unleash this abundance of creative energy that is stored within the sacral chakra.

So what is the Sacral Chakra?

The Sacral Chakra, known as Svadhishthana in Sanskrit, is responsible for our emotions and intimacy. Svadhishthana, which translates to “one’s own base”, is orange in color and is located in the lower abdomen of the naval center.

When the sacral chakra is unblocked, we can all experience pleasure, happiness, healthy sexuality, positive energy, healthy reproductive organs, and creativity.

Here are 4 ways to unleash this powerful energy.

1. Sun Salutations or Surya Namaskar in Sanskrit

Sun Salutations are the fast track to generate heat in our yoga practice.  This 12 posture sequence is a full body workout that improves blood circulation throughout the body. The sacral chakra’s element is water and it’s associated with flow and flexibility. This makes sun salutations a great way to release this orange glow.

2. Chant VAM

VAM (pronounced vum) is the cleansing mantra to unblock the sacral chakra. You can sit in a comfortable position and create a triangle with your hands on your navel. For 20 minutes you can relax, chant, and visualize orange light radiating from within.

3. Eat foods related to the sacral chakra

You can eat just about any fruit high in water content (not limited to just orange ones)  such as watermelon, pineapples, mangoes,  apricots, oranges, apples, pears, etc. to unblock the sacral chakra. You can also eat foods rich in Omega 3s such as Salmon.  Since the intestines are organs within the sacral chakra, consuming coconuts are also really cool to eat because it contains dietary fiber to aid in digestion.

4. Dance

Dancing is a really fun way to release our sacral energy. You’re moving your body which generates heat and allows this kundalini energy to flow. So turn on your favorite tune and dance. Don’t worry about someone looking at you! You could always dance in front of your bathroom mirror, which is one of my favorite things to do!

So it’s important to keep all 7 chakras in balance to ensure Kundalini energy flows from one chakra to the next. These techniques will help open the sacral chakra, so we can locate our inner child and create amazing things!

Thank you for reading.  Namaste.

Is Yoga Evil and Demonic?

Is Yoga Evil and Demonic?
“I looked in temples, churches, and mosques. But I found the divine within my heart.”
-Rumi

As a black woman who grew up in the south, it’s rather unusual to deem yourself non-religious and just spiritual.  My parents raised me to be a free thinker and religion was never something that was forced upon me.

When I first began practicing yoga, a friend of mind, who is Christian, stated she did not like meditation.  She quoted the popular saying; “The idle mind is the devils’ workshop.”  In response I said that meditation was similar to prayer, except words are not spoken.  To be honest, it was a futile attempt, and the last thing I wanted to do was offend her.

In addition, I came across an article about a Christian blogger that said practicing yoga is like playing with a Ouija board.  I immediately chuckled.  Seriously?

As someone that doesn’t believe Satan exists, there’s no denying that evil is real.  The million dollar question is, can practicing yoga lead you to wickedness?  The answer is no.  The whole purpose of  yoga is to keep the mind in check (hence stopping the flow of negative thoughts).  Here is a more in depth look:

Chapter one (Samadhi Pada) of Patanjali Yoga Sutras, by Swami Vivekananda states,

“Yoga is restraining the mind-stuff (Chitta) from various forms (Vrittis).”

I scratched my head. “What the heck does that mean?”  Well Swami Vivekananda describes our true self as being at the bottom of a lake.  Chitta is the lake itself, and Vrittis also called whirlpool, are the ripple effects.

In other words, we practice yoga to restore these ripples and disturbing waves to a mind of calmness and still waters.

So what can happen if these waves are not controlled?

The 14th chapter of Bhagavad Gita discusses the The Three Modes of Material Nature, also known as The Three Gunas (Sanskrit for force), which are as follows:

  1. Sattva- goodness, purity, knowledge, balance
  2. Raja– passion, lust, turbulence of the mind, greed, excess
  3. Tama– ignorance, laziness, inertia, darkness

The Three Gunas are the subtle influences on our physical, emotional, and spiritual world.  In our material world, it can be very difficult to transcend these three modes.  Sometimes we can get caught up in our failures, desires, and insecurities that these negative thoughts manifest into anger, misery, negativity and darkness.

When we are in the mode of Sattva, we are happy, content with what we have, undisturbed by desire, the ego, or selfishness.  Without control of these emotions and thoughts, we can become trapped within Raja or Tama, which is not where we want to be.

It’s from Sattva that we are able to transcend into the 8th and final stage of yoga, which is Samadhi, a complete state of concentration, intellectual and mental acuity, spiritual enlightenment, and a profound state of happiness and contentment.

There’s nothing evil about yoga and meditation.  Its sole purpose is to keep the mind under control.  No matter what your religious beliefs may be, yoga is simply a path to calmness and spiritual peace.

Thank you so much for reading.  Namaste.