When winter approaches, your entire body can start to feel cold and stiff. Simple things such as getting out of bed in the morning can become more difficult than ever before. Most of the yogis may need a little extra incentive to unroll their mats and loosen up their bodies and minds throughout the day. A good pair of warm cotton leggings may not be enough to encourage you to practice, and that’s why we feel some advice is more than welcome.
Fortunately, there are plenty of reasonable steps you can take at home to create a warm yoga space that you’ll look forward to using.
The temperature of a room definitely contributes to the warmth of the space, but there’s a myriad of other options to make your yoga area more inviting. Find a way to incorporate some of these tips into your home or yoga studio today.
Add a Warm Scent With Oils or Candles
Scent is one of the most powerful senses of the body, tying itself to our memories and our emotions. Adding a layer of a warm scent into your yoga area can help to ground you and open up your heart to the practice that awaits you. You may also want to consider lighting a candle or diffusing essential oils to bring in an extra element of warmth.
Be careful with lighting a candle in your yoga space. It should be far enough away from your yoga mat that you will not knock it over, even if you fall out of a particular pose. An essential oil diffuser is a safer option for a yoga area that has limited space.
Dig Out Your Plush Blankets
The imagery of a cozy blanket nearby may be enough to draw yogis toward their mats. However, a plush blanket can also be an extremely useful prop to help you deepen your practice. Fold it up to sit on in seated poses in order to keep your back straight. You may also be able to use it for extra padding underneath the knee in poses such as the Pigeon pose.
Make sure that the fabric of your yoga leggings feels okay up against the material of the blanket.
A thick blanket can also make you more comfortable in your final resting poses when core body temperatures drop. Drape yourself with a blanket prior to laying back in savasana for a deeper rest.
Dim The Lights
Harsh or bright lighting doesn’t beckon you into a particular area, so be mindful of dimming the lights in the wintertime. If you practice at home, you may be able to use a table lamp instead of an overhead light. Yoga studies could try to dim the lights or turn off half of their fluorescent lights for a softer glow.
The softer appearance of your space makes it feel instantly cozier and more inviting, drawing yogis onto their mats for longer practices, even when it’s freezing outside.
If you’ve been struggling to make it onto your yoga mat for a regular practice, try using these three tips to make your space more inviting. They’re relatively simple and utilize items most yogis have on hand at home. These steps might just be the very thing you need to keep your yoga practice going through the winter months ahead.