Ways to Make Your D.C. Home a Relaxing Oasis

    With so many obstacles keeping you from yoga class, finding the motivation to practice every day can be challenging. Maybe your favorite studio is all the way in Bethesda or maybe conflicts keep coming up in your schedule. Either way, an excuse is preventing you from getting on your mat to flow every day.

    One of the many great things about yoga is that it can be practiced anywhere. Fighting your yoga roadblocks and committing to a daily schedule will be so much easier with an at-home studio you can easily escape to. The building process is simpler than you’d think too, here’s how to be sure your new home has room for a relaxing at-home yoga studio.

    Find the right space

    First, you’ll need to choose a space or room and assess it for light and usable space. It will allow you to visualize where and how you want the studio to look. You should have a space that is at least 8 by 10 feet, a little more is better but anything too big can take away from the cozy effect you’re hoping to achieve.

    Personalize it

    Once you’ve identified a space, now it’s time to start thinking about decorations. Luckily there’s no shortage of cute yogi, hipster decor out there to choose from. From the basics like tapestries, a salt lamp, and elephant-themed anything to more traditional items like prayer flags or an incense holder, there are lots of ways you can bring the theme you imagined to live. As time goes on you can try and add other DIY projects like these candle jars. Not to mention, when if you plan to sell your home in the future, your “at-home yoga studio” is a great selling point. 

    Grab some gear

    Once the studio feels cozy and personalized, shop for a few outfits you’ll love practicing and meditating in. Anyone looking to give back in the process should check out Spiritual Gangster, a yoga-inspired clothing company rooted in service. The founders have donated more than 10 million meals to hungry people all over the world. Score the best deals on the site at Spiritual Gangster sale. Or join a meetup and meet some other folks who know of all the deals around the city.

    Set the mood

    The final step is simple, yet crucial. A beautiful yoga studio is twice as inspiring when lit up properly or if the right aromatherapy is used. A good combination of both is ideal. Set the mood with some of your favorite scented candles, or use unscented candles for lighting and find some incense or essential oils for the smell. 

    Now it’s time to relax and embrace your newfound space! Beginner yogis looking to learn new poses and the benefits of each should try a 20 or 30-day yoga challenge. If you’re not sure how else to make use of this inspiring new space try pranayama (breathwork), meditation, reading, journaling, crafting, or just relax with a hot cup of tea.

    Whether you’ve designed your studio for yoga, to meditate, or just to have as a sanctuary — being able to access it 24/7 is a game changer. Not only does it increase the frequency of your practice, but doing so at home makes the tradition a more comfortable commitment.

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