Create Your Home Practice Space

As we move indoors due to the oncoming winter (in the Northern Hemisphere), and into our homes due to the renewed pandemic guidelines, the idea of creating space for your yoga practice could be calling you. I know for me, I often simply flop down my yoga mat & get to it … yet I when I do take time to set up my practice space, I feel more centered & a little smile comes as I begin my asana or meditation.

Whether you have an entire room to go wild with, or a corner of a room, or are required to make your space portable … I invite you to consider one way you could make your practice space & time feel “set apart” & special.

A simple candle, string of lights, or burning incense can add a special-ness to a home practice space. The light adds brightness to wintery days, & a sense of warmth & coziness to the heart. A candle can focus attention during meditation, & incense can invite a sense of sacredness and/or cleansing to the space. With Winter Solstice coming on December 21st, celebrating the return of the Sun can be a lovely ritual. (Of course make sure you’re practicing fire safety, or consider using battery-operated tea lights.)

I look forward to hearing & seeing how you are creating your home practice space!

The Sun

Have you ever seen
anything
in your life
more wonderful

than the way the sun,
every evening,
relaxed and easy,
floats toward the horizon

and into the clouds or the hills,
or the rumpled sea,
and is gone --
and how it slides again

out of the blackness,
every morning,
on the other side of the world,
like a red flower

streaming upward on its heavenly oils,
say, on a morning in early summer,
at its perfect imperial distance --
and have you ever felt for anything
such wild love --
do you think there is anywhere, in any language,
a word billowing enough
for the pleasure

that fills you,
as the sun
reaches out,
as it warms you

as you stand there,
empty-handed --
or have you too 
turned from this world --

or have you too
gone crazy
for power,
for things?

- Mary Oliver, New & Selected Poems, Volume One

Published by ericaengel42

I practice & share Hatha Yoga for a simple reason -- it works. Hatha Yoga in the Himalayan Tradition is a holistic system of philosophy & practices passed down through an unbroken 5,000 year lineage of Himalayan sages. What Hatha Yoga is not: trendy, bendy or one-&-done. What Hatha Yoga is: a systematic approach to uncovering the real, authentic YOU in body, mind & spirit. Hatha Yoga cultivates well-being, stability, clarity & ease in modern life through traditional, time-tested practices. I also recognize both our shared humanity & our differing privileges & barriers -- I am a cis-gendered white female with a graduate degree, who has dealt with family trauma & an eating disorder. My goals in my own practice include to cultivate awareness of my own privileges & social conditioning, unlearn & re-learn in order to be mindful & take compassionate action toward a more beautiful, just & peaceful world for ALL humans, creatures & our Earth. I'm making mistakes daily, & hopeful that I'm falling forward toward these goals & vision. I hope we can walk our paths & support each other along the way.

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