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The Safe Space: "Putting Together a Zen Space for Yoga and Meditation"

Does it ever feel like you can't find a peaceful space to practice Yoga or Meditation? Follow these 5 steps to make your place feel like a wellness sanctuary!
The Safe Space: "Putting Together a Zen Space for Yoga and Meditation"

 Photo: Asana Anywhere Yoga Studio

Does it ever feel like you can’t find a peaceful space to practice Yoga or meditation?  Follow these 5 steps to make your place feel like a wellness sanctuary!

Step 1

You need a space to be -  

As long as this space is somewhere you can be quiet, alone with yourself and free from distractions, then it’s perfect.  Don’t get discouraged if you have a smaller place, you really only need enough space for your mat and a few inches around so you don’t hit anything and hurt yourself.  So, schedule some time to be there by yourself for at least 20 minutes (my recommendation).  

Image credit: MNDFL 

Step 2

You need stuff – 

You can get by with as little as a blanket on the floor and a willingness to move.  I personally prefer just a grip mat and a meditation cushion for both my own practice and my client sessions.  In stark opposition, there are really no limits to how many props you can use in one session.  You can incorporate different props to help with specific poses or routines; items like a Yoga strap, inversion bench, foam roller, bolster pillow, foam blocks, woven blanket, resistance bands, yoga wheel…the list goes on! 

Check out my Amazon Shop for recommendations on everything I’ve tried (and liked) in the past.

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Step 3

You need sound – 

I believe that sound plays a big part in the enjoyment of this time alone with your body.  Sound bath can be such an amazing supplement to breath work or meditation.  In my studio, anytime we are moving our bodies, we’re moving to music.  I like to use the Spotify app for my music selections. I usually have 3 or 4 songs in mind to set the tone for the class, but I can never put together a whole hour’s worth of music - so Spotify handles it for me! 

Here are just a few of my favorite playlists on Spotify:

Channel: Shop Anousha

  • Electonica for Vinyasa or Hatha Yoga - Grounding
  • Low-fi beats for Yin or Restorative Yoga - Dreaming
  • Hip-Hop songs for Power Yoga - Banishing 

 

Image: Asana Anywhere Yoga Studio

Step 4

You need vibes – 

To truly make the most of the moment, you want to add ambiance.  When all five senses are stimulated, I notice my clients enjoy the movement more – like the body is in complete harmony.  Since you already picked music and you are moving on the mat with bare feet, sound and touch are satisfied so sight, smell and taste are left.  

In the morning, I like practicing outside, burning Palo Santo and drinking ice coffee…but in the evening, I like sipping lemon water, moving in front of the art in my living room and using a really calming oil like the ‘Dreaming’ Shop Anousha oil. 

Below are some ideas you might like to choose from:

 

See

  • Art
  • Decor
  • Plants
  • Nature
  • Crystals
  • Tapestries
  • Teaching video

 

Taste

    • Coffee
    • Smoothie
    • Herbal Tea
    • Cold-Pressed Juice
    • Spa Water (Lemon, Cucumber)

 

Smell

  • Sage
  • Incense
  • Flowers
  • Candles
  • Palo Santo
  • Essential Oils
  • Anointing Oils

“10 Minute Yoga: Relaxing Bedtime Flow”

Step 5

You need to move – 

Since you’re all set up, check out my YouTube video, “10 Minute Yoga: Relaxing Bedtime Flow”

Wind down with me in this relaxing 10-minute Bedtime Yoga Flow, including moves like: Cat, Down Dog, Half Pigeon and many more hip + spine poses ensured to relax you right to bed.

Written & Curated By Brook Evans- Fabian @asanaanywhere

“Brook Evans-Fabian is a Yoga teacher / Studio Owner / Wellness Content Creator and Mother.  She studied in Los Angeles, CA and has a background in the fashion industry as a fashion designer, fashion stylist and model.  Brook received her calling to transition into the wellness space while living in Thailand and traveling through the South Pacific.  She returned to California to begin her career teaching Pilates and later earned her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification after completing a 16-day Immersion Training in Glacier View, Alaska.  Currently, Brook lives in North Carolina with her husband (Jeremy) and son (Avi) where she runs her private Yoga studio, specializing in Vinyasa Yoga, Yin Yoga + Traditional Mat Pilates."

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