29 Oct How to Turn Your Garage into a Yoga Sanctuary
It’s a California double negative: You need to do Yoga to help remediate your stressed out lifestyle, but the very demands of that lifestyle make it nearly impossible to follow through with a steady Yoga practice. Most people in Elk Grove can relate. But what if you could convert your garage into your own yoga studio? Then Eureka! A beautiful sanctuary for meditation and yoga is right out the kitchen door.
What Do You Want in a Yoga Space?
The first step to converting your garage to a yoga mediation center is to visualize what you’d like to see. What are you looking for? Naturally, you’ll want plenty of space to practice yoga. Keep in mind that it’s not just a matter of space for movement but mental space as well. Minimalism is a good design space. It’s hard to concentrate when you’re surrounded by all the ladders, tools, bikes and sports equipment you find in most garages.
Preparing the Space
The first step is to straighten up the mess. You need to get that garage under control. Move anything you don’t use every day to a tool shed. Consider using storage hooks for items that you still need on hand such as bikes and other equipment. Use wall dividers to cover up the mess and clutter.
Once you’ve got the space cleaned out, consider giving the walls a paint job. The secret to turning your garage into a relaxing yoga studio is to not have it look like a garage, after all. Paint the walls with colors designed to relax and calm your chakras. Blue, Indigo and green are good places to start. Think about how certain colors make you feel. It may be worth hiring a professional artist to paint a relaxing mural using nature or other cosmic themes that have meaning for you.
The fluorescent bulbs common in most garages won’t cut it for yoga. Consider a relaxing floor lamp, candles, or even an Illusion Night light that allows you to control colors and tone to create the perfect mood.
Creating the Perfect Flooring
The cold concrete of most garages is not conducive to yoga. You might consider installing more comfortable flooring in your garage. Here are 5 of the best recommended yoga floor coverings by GreatMats.com.
Set up your yoga mats, pillows, meditation fountains, etc. It might be a good idea to get several options if you plan to share the space with friends and family for a community yoga session.
Garage Door Heating/Cooling
One of the most important features of a yoga garage studio is that it is comfortable. If your garage isn’t’ heated, consider installing space heaters and air conditioners. It might also be a good idea to install an insulated garage door for better heat. This can also help keep the studio cool during the summer.
Most people don’t think a TV is conducive to a yoga studio, but it can actually be a great way to get informative and inspirational instruction if you are new to yoga or want to improve. Consider installing a screen and video projector so you can watch instructional videos with lifelike clarity.